Hello fellow Gallatin Valley Trail Users,
We are writing to offer a friendly reminder to take the necessary precautions to stay safe during hunting season. Bow-hunting kicked off this past weekend and rifle season (10/24) will be here before we know it. This also means that you may encounter pack horses on various trails throughout the area.
To keep everyone safe, we recommend:
- Wear bright colors (yellow, orange, red, etc.) to enhance visibility and consider an orange collar for your dog.
- Stay close to established trails – avoid bush-whacking at this time of the year.
- Bring a spare leash for your dog – in case you encounter horses on the trail. Not all dogs react well to horses – particularly those who don’t encounter them often. Leashing them up when you pass horses on the trail will lessen the possibility of negative trail user interactions.
- Give horses plenty of room to pass on the trail. Stay on the downhill side of the trail if you have a choice.
For more information on both hunter and non-hunter safety tips read the USFS flyer: SafetyDuringHuntingSeason
Have fun and stay safe out on the trails!