ATV Safety During Hunting Season
Fall has arrived! With the iconic colours just beginning to change, temperatures generally very pleasant, and at last, very few bugs out on the trails, this is easily the best time of year to get out and ride your ATV. It’s particularly scenic in central and Northern Ontario.
As hunting season begins in October it’s important to go over a few quick safety concerns.
3 Simple Tips for Safe ATVing During Hunting Season
- Check with your local club for more information.
- To find out when hunting season is on in your area, have a look at the MNR guide to hunting in Ontario, complete with rules, maps and dates.
- If you must ride during this time, don’t be foolish, be sure and wear fluorescent hunting colours!
Ideally, we should respect the hunters and not disturb them any more than we really have to. Yes, we know hunters and others who need bush access still have to get to their destinations by ATV/SUV in season, but it’s important to refrain from recreational riding during gun hunting season.
At the Algonquin West ATV Club, we post our trails as closed during the deer and moose gun hunting seasons. That is in Zone 50, which encompasses our club’s entire riding area. Moose and deer are the major hunting dates for our area, this year moose is Oct. 19-24, and deer is Nov. 2-15. For updated hunting season information, click here.
Share the wealth
ATVers in Ontario enjoy a very long season, so we really need to share the trails and respect the hunters.
I would also like to ask that hunters respect the clubs in your area by purchasing a permit for your hunting duration. It may be mostly Crown land, but it’s the clubs that keep the trails clear, build the bridges and keep them passable. We do our part by closing the trails to recreational riding during your hunting seasons; please do your part and buy a pass from the local club!
The important thing is to get out there and safely enjoy the great riding while those colours are in effect! See you on the trails!