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[ft-l] Fl trail during hunting season
In several land user meetings I have found that we hikers are even more
closely allied with the still hunters than with other recreational users -
mountain bikers and ATV'ers in particular. Still hunters walk in and are
quiet and watchful and have very little impact. Same with the hikers.
As in any sport (including hiking and backpacking) there are a few yahoos
who can spoil it for everyone else. There are also a few places with
minimal land management supervision and past loose management practices
where the yahoos seem to abound.
As the state urbanizes we have fewer and fewer hunters. But more and more
ATV'ers and mountain bikers. Give me a responsible hunter any day.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hale, Pamela" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 3:50 PM
Subject: RE: [ft-l] Re: Fl trail during hunting season
> Chris writes:
> >BUT I resist the stereotypical notions of all hunters as fat dumb
> >swilling cold bear and shooting at shadows.
> Agree. While there are indeed some folks who fit the description, they
> no means the norm.
> I'm the Section Leader out at Bull Creek and also a member of the Friends
> Bull Creek, a coalition of Bull Creek user groups which includes hunters,
> fishermen, hikers, birders, native plants folks, ATV'ers. We've worked
> together not only to save BC from closure, but we continue to keep
> be a unified voice in the ongoing management of the property.
> I can tell you that you won't find a finer bunch of folks anywhere. FOBC
> us for a trail maintenance activity in August (really!) to clear away a
> volume of deadfall and dead standing trees at the little Scrub campsite,
> got hit hard in the fires a couple years ago. In a hot half-day we
> up and stacked around 15-20 full sized trees and cleaned up all the brush
> overgrowth at the site. Also had time to reblaze, mow and prune a few
> trail. Could not have accomplished that without FOBC's help. Added bonus
> the fellowship, history lessons and tall tales we shared as we worked
> FYI, Bull Creek is a popular hunting area, so there will be activity
> season. The greatest hunting use occurs during opening, closing and
> weekends, so if you can plan your trek away from those peak times, you'll
> your chances for an encounter. Also, if you let me know about when you'll
> passing through Bull Creek, I can alert FOBC to pass the word among the
> community so they'll be on the lookout for you (not as a target!). Hunt
> regulations in Bull Creek REQUIRE the wearing of a minimum 500 square
> blaze orange during gun season, whether you're hunting or not.
> Happy trails,
> ~Pam Hale
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