Hunting Season: Making the Roads Safer for Motorcyclists

Nov 01, 2013 View Comments by

Hunting Season: Making the Roads Safer for MotorcyclistsThe fall colors are in full bloom here in the Midwest and that makes for some spectacular scenery. Along with the reds, yellows, browns, and other colors are the hunters. Fall means hunting season and that means paying a bit more attention to your surroundings when riding the backroads, even more so if you’re going off road and on to public lands. While I have been fortunate to never have anything but friendly encounters with hunters, a stray arrow or bullet could bring a rather unpleasant end to the day’s ride.

While I am not a hunter, several of my friends and relatives are and I generally encourage them to take their share when it comes to deer. The fewer of them, the less chance there is that one will decide to dart out in front of me at just the wrong time. I have turned a corner or come over a hill and found a deer or two standing in the middle of the road more times than I can count. Luckily, I have only had one really close call (riding on the interstate) and hope very much to keep it that way. The deer population in Michigan is generally much too large; this leads to disease and starvation for many animals as well as an elevated number of vehicle/deer collisions. Hunters provide a service in helping to keep the numbers in check.

Go forward and do your duty, hunters! Just keep an eye and ear out, what you see may not be a four-legged herbivore, it just could be me!

Turkey season in Michigan starts on September 15 and it’s not uncommon to see a vehicle or two parked roadside. It picks up a little when the bow hunters go on the prowl for Bambi on October 1st. By mid-November it’s firearm season (deer) and the hunters are in full force until the end of the month. Bow season returns on December 1st and runs until the end of the year.

If you travel the backroads or trails, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with when hunting season begins and ends in your area.

Wearing hi-vis gear also makes even more sense during hunting season. – Editor

 

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I've been called a "Free-Spirit", "A Lost Soul", and "A Wanderer" for as long as I can remember. I prefer to think of myself as a Traveler. Most at ease when I am in motion, two of my favorite things are arriving somewhere new, and heading off for somewhere yet unexplored.