Safe Hiking during Hunting Season


Hiking during Hunting Season

Here are some tips for hikers to safely use the woods this time of year


 Know local hunting seasons — Specific dates for hunting seasons vary year to year and also by type of game hunted and weapon used. Small-game seasons (turkey, rabbit) stretch from fall through the end of May; large-game seasons (deer, bear, moose) generally occur October through January.

Wear blaze orange—Wear a blaze orange hat and vest (and pack cover if backpacking) when hiking in fall, winter and spring. New Hampshire requires hunter education classes prior to issuance of licenses, which has led to a significant decrease in hunting-related accidents. Even though these safeguards have been put in place, both hikers and hunters need to do their part to prevent accidents. In late 2002 and early 2003, two A.T. hikers were shot and seriously injured in separate incidents by hunters who mistook them for deer. Neither hiker was wearing blaze orange, and neither hunter properly identified his target.

If you hike with a dog, it should also wear blaze orange visible from all sides. The SRKG recommends that pets be leashed at all times while hiking.

Avoid wearing colors that could be mistaken for game animals. Avoid white or brown during deer seasons; red or blue during turkey seasons.

Use extra caution at dawn and dusk. Hunting activity may increase at dawn and dusk, when animals are feeding and visibility is poor. Wear reflective vests or use a headlamp or flashlight for extra visibility.

Use extra caution near roads and in valleys—Be especially cautious within 1/2-mile of road crossings (both approaching and leaving) and in valley areas.

Be heard—Make sure you are heard before you are seen by whistling, singing, talking, etc., while you hike.

Avoid hunter interference—Hikers should be aware that interference or harassment of hunters in the lawful pursuit of game is a violation of law. This includes interference or tampering with dogs used in the pursuit of game where allowed by law. Sportsmen are our partners in conservation—encounters between hunters and hikers are opportunities to raise the awareness of both groups.

Learn more–

NH Hunting Seasons and Dates

NH Fish and Game Hunting page

Hiking Mt Sunapee in Full Foliage


On a beautiful Sunday morning in October Tim Eliassen and Dave Gardner led a group of hikers up and over Mount Sunapee. The weather and the fall foliage was perfect. A truly beautiful hike starting at Bubba’s restaurant in Newbury harbor. We took the Newbury Trail up to Jack and June Junction and stopped at the White Ledges to overlook Lake Solitude. This has to be one of the best snack stops in New England.


After we ate all of our chocolate we continued towards the summit of Mount Sunapee.  Trail #1 of the SRK Greenway is a really great trail and is a beautiful hike in all seasons of the year. But, it was particularly beautiful on this hike with the New Hampshire fall foliage at its peak.

This section between Lake Solitude and the summit is shared with the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway. the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway is a hiking trail club very similar to ours that maintains a protected Greenway from Mount Monadnock to Sunapee.  From the White Ledges it is less than a mile to the summit.



After enjoying the view from the back porch of the Summit Lodge we hiked down the Summit trail which eventually connects to the short Province trail. We had left a couple of cars at the parking lot on Old Province Road so that we could get back to Newbury Harbor. The hike took about 5-hours in total after all of the leaf peeping and chocolate eating. The Guidebook says that it was 5.4 miles and a gain of 1,750 feet in elevation and 1,200 feet of descent.

A special thank you to Jim Block for the photos. To see more of his hiking and nature photos visit his website here.