As a hiker, it is common to feel defenseless in this type of situation, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
- If you hike a lot in the same region, find out when the local hunting season is and try to hike in protected areas that prohibit hunting during that time.
- Wear blaze orange. You’ll look like a geek, but it could save your life: a blaze orange hat or backpack cover will make you more visible to hunters who’ve been trained to identify their target before shooting.
- Make noise. Whistle, sing, or shout. You’ll scare away the game and hunters will hear you coming before they see you.
- Don’t interfere with hunters or provoke a confrontation with them. They have as much of a right to use public lands as you do and they are our allies in the preservation of wilderness areas for future generations.
- Use extra caution near road crossings and in valleys where hunters and game tend to congregate.
courtesy of www.sectionhiker.com