Wildlife managers share safety tips for fall hikes
Fall is a great time to hike. Cooler temperatures, colorful foliage and little to no mosquitoes. There are a few things you should know before getting into the lawsuit.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reminds hikers of some safety tips for fall adventures. While this is a great time of year to take a walk in the woods, the season can present unique safety concerns.
In a recent press release, IFW reminds hikers:
- There are fewer daylight hours, so plan accordingly.
- Dress in layers for the different fall temperatures.
- Weather conditions vary across the state and at different altitudes.
- Always tell someone who isn’t hiking with your hiking plan. Where you are going and when you plan to return.
- Respect private owners by staying on marked trails.
- Be prepared for any cell phone service.
- Pack the essentials for survival. Always be prepared to spend the night in the woods in an emergency.
- Share the woods with others. Fall is a busy time in the woods, with hunters, trappers, anglers and other hikers all trying to make the most of the great outdoors.
- Plan a rescue hike if the parking lot at your destination is full.
- Prepare to not have a toilet.
To add IFW points, determine if the area of your hike is open to hunting. If so, wearing a bright orange cardigan, hat, or both isn’t a bad idea. If you come across a hunter, respect his access to the woods. It is illegal to harass a hunter or disturb the traps installed. As Maine wildlife officials say, “With millions of acres of land, there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy.”
Survival items you should bring include: high protein snacks, a fire-starting instrument (lighter, waterproof matches, flint striker), water purification (Lifestraw, water purification tablets) . You don’t need to pack the world up. However, pack your bags to cover the basics of the three survival rule: you can survive three minutes without oxygen, three hours without shelter, three days without water, and three weeks without food.
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