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[ft-l] Fl trail during hunting season



Also agree.

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.

Cricket


----- Original Message -----
From: "Hale, Pamela" <phale@harris.com>
To: <ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
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
rednecks
> >swilling cold bear and shooting at shadows.
>
> Agree.  While there are indeed some folks who fit the description, they
are by
> no means the norm.
>
> I'm the Section Leader out at Bull Creek and also a member of the Friends
of
> Bull Creek, a coalition of Bull Creek user groups which includes hunters,
> fishermen, hikers, birders, native plants folks, ATV'ers.  We've worked
closely
> together not only to save BC from closure, but we continue to keep
together to
> 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
joined
> us for a trail maintenance activity in August (really!) to clear away a
large
> volume of deadfall and dead standing trees at the little Scrub campsite,
which
> got hit hard in the fires a couple years ago.  In a hot half-day we
felled, cut
> up and stacked around 15-20 full sized trees and cleaned up all the brush
and
> overgrowth at the site.  Also had time to reblaze, mow and prune a few
miles of
> trail.  Could not have accomplished that without FOBC's help.  Added bonus
was
> the fellowship, history lessons and tall tales we shared as we worked
together.
>
> FYI, Bull Creek is a popular hunting area, so there will be activity
during the
> season.  The greatest hunting use occurs during opening, closing and
holiday
> weekends, so if you can plan your trek away from those peak times, you'll
lessen
> your chances for an encounter.  Also, if you let me know about when you'll
be
> passing through Bull Creek, I can alert FOBC to pass the word among the
hunter
> 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
inches of
> blaze orange during gun season, whether you're hunting or not.
>
> Happy trails,
>
> ~Pam Hale
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