So what is the deal with the tail given hunting season is gearing up? Do people just avoid state parks all together or just ride at dusk? Also deer usually bed down between 11ish-3 (most hunters know that) so that would be a good time to go unless people do a lot of deer drives in the area, which are usually in the afternoon and that would be the worst time to go as hunters are moving around more and are a bit more trigger happy
Here's what was sent out last week via the Poto Chapter's yahoo group email list
Sept 15 marks the beginning of hunting season. Here is what mountain bikers should know:
Where: All DNR parks (Pinckney, Brighton, Island Lake, Highland, Pontiac) are open to hunting, with the exception of Maybury. Metroparks and local parks are not open to hunting.
When is the critical time: NOv 15- NOv 30 is deer firearm season: This is the time to avoid the trails completely. Outside of that, Sept-March is small game season, Archery, etc. This carries much less risk than deer firearm season.
General Advice: 1) Try to wear orange. 2) Respect the hunters. They have been using the parks much longer than mountain bikers have been around. If there are hunter-biker conflicts, the resolution is much more likely to be limitations on biking than on hunting! 3) Ride after sunset (with lights of course!)4) Ride in parks where hunting is banned: Maybury, Non-DNR parks like Olsen, Rolling Hills, Novi Lakeshore, Hewen's Creek, Morton-Taylor,etc. (Trails link for Poto site: http://poto.mmba.org/index.php?option=c ... &Itemid=54
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