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[ft-l] Backpacking season in Florida (was: Hiking boot's forFLtrails)

Thanks Deb.  Good info to all on Hiking during Hunting Seasons.

I have hiked portions of the FNST (Ocala and Bull Creek) during hunting seasons, but have always started "outside" the particular wildlife management area.  For example, I enter Bull Creek from US192 west of Deer Park and head south.  I stay on the trail and wear the orange (a vest and funky Aussie style orange hat, though I sometimes with I had a bulletproof kevlar vest).  Never had any problems...though I usually do not venture out in Deer season,  I'm chicken...I'll admit that.

Have had Rangers say "NO" to entering their territories (thru the main entrance) during some busy hunts (3 Lakes, Ft Drum and Tosohatchee).

Two useful web sites for Florida Hunt Info are:



They should still be current.  Check them out.

Happy Safe Hiking,
Mike Otten
Palm Bay
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Deb Blick 
  To: ft-l@backcountry.net 
  Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2003 10:16 AM
  Subject: [ft-l] Backpacking season in Florida (was: Hiking boot's for FLtrails)

  Due to a lot of grunt work on the part of Brent Moore, the former intern in the FNST office, almost all of the WMA's (hunting areas) in the state of Florida now contain the following language in their hunting regulations : "A marked footpath called the Florida Trail traverses the area.  This trail is open to hikers throughout the year."  Also, on most of the maps included in the hunting regs the centerline of the trail is indicated.

  We still have a ways to go to make sure that camping is allowed along the trail during general gun season, but at least now we are able to legally hike the trail and we are much closer to our goal of having Florida Trail System trails open to hiking 365 days a year.

  Before hiking during hunting seasons it is always a good idea to contact the local land manager or check out the hunting regulations at http://wildflorida.org/hunting/  

  Hikers should, of course, wear blaze orange during hunt seasons, particularly general gun.  You can pick up blaze orange mesh vests at any local sporting goods store in the fall and I usually also use a blaze orange pack cover.  If you take your dog hiking with you it's a good idea to get them a vest too.


    > Only problem may be arranging your hikes around hunting seasons.


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