hunter orange vest

Deer season is fast approaching, and you know what that means – time to break out the fluorescent orange spandex! (If you are a mountain biker, that is.)

As if riding in the woods was not dangerous enough to begin with, now we have to do it while hunters are out there ready to shoot any big and brown fast-moving animals. If you want to stay as safe as possible, here are some tips:

  1. Wear a fluorescent orange vest, gloves, or whatever else you can find. (Do not dress in all brown or black, or use a white seat!)
  2. Do not ride in the woods around dawn or dusk, as those are peak hunting times. (Not to mention, it would be harder to see you anyway.)
  3. Ride in areas that are zoned to not allow hunting. (Although if you encounter hunters in these areas, watch out, because you just caught them breaking the law and they might not be happy!)
  4. Ride on Sundays or holidays when hunting is prohibited. (Varies by location; check local laws.)
  5. Use a bike bell. (Deer get spooked easily, so make noise to keep them away from you. Also, hunters might think you’re a dairy cow and avoid shooting you.)
  6. Carry your cell phone. (Just in case.)
  7. If you see a herd of deer, hit the dirt! (You never know when someone will start shooting.)

Here’s to a safe hunting season!

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  1. Luckily my favorite singletrack is zoned no hunting!

  2. Great tips! I will be sure to follow those next time I’m in the woods. I have never come across any hunters and to be honest I never even thought about it!

  3. I live in Arkansas where hunting is promoted for the national and state parks. Please take the time to check local or out of state parks before you get disappointed. Elmer Fudd’s don’t have to wear a special vest when we ride, but we have to either get a heat stroke riding in the heat of summer or remember to wear a (bullet proof) vest. thanks for the tips.

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