Hunting and Hiking in 2018? Soooo here’s the deal…
The Situation: Gun Hunting Season is about to start. And while that makes some of our friends happy, it frustrates others. Out of respect to all, the best we can do is to find a way to help everyone enjoy the land in whatever way they are most comfortable (while we follow all the rules).
Compromise: Over the next few weeks, hikers can choose trails that have no gun hunting (ACLT South Side) or choose mixed use trails if they don’t mind hiking where there’s hunting. (Use DNR parking. In fact, almost all Maryland State Parks are mixed use). There are also a few trails that are accessed through ACLT property which will be closed, and some hunters are most comfortable that way as well.
Hike on Sundays! There is no gun hunting after 9AM on Sundays (except Nov 11) so if you’d rather not hike while folks are hunting, Sunday is your day of choice!
Click on the map for details on how this breaks down.
Oct. 18 – 27; Nov 10 &11(Sunday); Nov. 24 – Dec. 1; Dec. 3 – 8; Dec.15 – 21; Dec. 24 – 29; Jan. 4 & 5
All Trails Open/No Hunting on Sundays:(except Nov 11)
After 9AM on: Oct 21, Nov 25, Dec 2, & Jan 6
Dawn to Dusk: Oct 28, Nov 4 &18, Dec 9, 16, 23, & 30
The hard reality: Deer are overpopulated in Southern Maryland. That causes problems for our forests and other native animals. Hunting is the best way to manage those issues. Plus, most of the hunters at ACLT are members and friends and dedicated lovers of nature and the land.
For peace of mind, we encourage everyone to consider the following suggestions:
- When in the forests, wear bright colors (orange and red are especially good!) and avoid earth tones (browns, dark greens, etc.)
- Add a brightly colored item to your leashed dog as well for their safety.
- Look for signs displaying hunting season dates. ACLT will have them posted on both the website and at the trailheads.
- Avoid early morning and late evening hikes during those weeks.
As always, please reach out to a staff member with any questions or concerns! We can be reached at 410-414-3400 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.