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post #11 of 35 Old 10-01-2008, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I do keep bells on my breast collar but they are tiny little bells nothing cow belly They are mostly for letting wildlife know we are coming but a good loud "SHOO DEER" works just as well
Ha-ha-ha.... I bet my horse will be more spooked by that "shoo"...

I usually ride very quiet (and by myself most of the time) so can get to the deer as close as 5 feet or so. There are LOTS of them around and they don't care that much about horses.

Appy, check with the park department of your state/county. They have info on area and dates for hunting season. I was told the WORST time to ride is couple weeks after Thanksgiving (when there are lots of drunk hunters around :roll: ). Best to go in the mid of the day, and (thank God!) I havn't heard about any accidents in area...
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post #12 of 35 Old 10-01-2008, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Kitten.

The one place where I would ride, I can't find on the map! Apparently there's no state park there, so I guess it's just either a trail or someone's property.

The one state park by my house does have hunting, but only in areas that don't look to be where people normally go (Tom and I haven't gone there)

I think I'll just call them up and ask, and ask some friends that have been in the area longer.
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post #13 of 35 Old 10-02-2008, 12:31 AM
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I would definely have hunter orange on, and nix the bells. Those hunters may have payed $10 and up per acre. And, unhappy paid hunters equal a unhappy landowner, and that meants no more trail.
If its a guide hunt, the costs run from $5000 to the sky's the limit, that just of one week hunt..

You could also talk to hunters, if their any like they are here, you know them on sight. Local cafes, burger joints, and any place like that are a good place to look .

You might talk to game guides,if you do it right, You might even get a job riding as a wrangler. They could tell you were would be a safe place to ride.

We as hunters and horse poeple have enough enemies, and we can work together, to kept each other safe and help in our goals.

If the hunter owns the land and doesn't live on it. They might welcome someone to trail ride on it, in the off season. This would kept any eye out for proachers, big bucks, and varos ting that they won't see if they ain't there but few weeks a year.

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to deal with hunters and hunting season, Good luck and stay safe

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Thank you so much Kentucky.
I have no purchased any bells yet. I need to wait for a new saddle before I can go out anyways. I just like getting a lot of information and being prepared.

I was thinking that the bells would annoy the hunters,'cause I would think the sound would drive away any animals they may be hunting (I believe it's deer season over here?)

I think I'll drive down the path today and check it out. Hopefully there will be a sign saying where the trail is and then I could track down which park it belongs to. If not, I'll just ask my BO since she's gone on that trail before.
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post #15 of 35 Old 10-02-2008, 03:12 PM
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Bells are a good idea, but you do have a point.
I think you should wear a vest, & definitely call up.

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I was at Walmart the other night. They have a whole hunting section and I saw a bright orange jacket. Going to pick em up one of those.
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post #17 of 35 Old 10-03-2008, 12:49 PM
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Kentucky know your point about land owners and hunters. I maintain about 5 miles of trails on a neighbors land. I mow a path, trim trees and keep trash picked up. His sons hunt the land during hunting season. I stopped to see him yesterday and I guess one of his sons was disappointed I hadn't mowed the trails back to his deer stand and feeders. I figured he would want it grown over. The deer will use our trails and his sons will use them for setting up their blinds and for ease of access to areas otherwise difficult to get to. Its a win win situation for all of us. We get use of the land during all but deer hunting and a bit of turkey season. They get some maintainance for easier access to hunting areas. We feel pretty fortunate. I don't mind sticking to the dirt roads for a few months out of the year.
Have fun Appy let us know how it goes with Montana. Nothing like trail riding with a horse that enjoys it too.

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I might be going on a trail ride with Montana tomorrow!
I'm super excited! It all depends if we can get a trailer tomorrow and how well he loads. My fingers are crossed everything goes well!

If I am going out in a group (we are going early tomorrow morning) would I need bells? or should I hold off on them?
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post #19 of 35 Old 10-03-2008, 03:25 PM
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I would do bright orange or hot pink leg wraps too, you can do vet wrap in bright colors. But to be honost, I never ride trails during hunting season, only on Sundays. No hunting on Sundays. I have 80 acres and won't even trail ride on my own land during hunting season because you never know when there will be a crazy shoot first look second jerk out there. I would also make sure you have something bright orange on your head. Maybe you could wrap your brow-band with bright orange vet wrap....

I dont know... if it were me... I would stick to sunday riding during hunting season...

And no - I'm not saying all hunters are crazy before I get brutally attacked, my husband is a hunter... what I'm saying is... you never know when that one crazy jerk that isnt even supposed to be out there is going to be out there... I used to sing loudly when I did ride during hunting season......

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I know exactly what you mean Farmpony.. about hunters.

I do have bright pink polos, and I also have bright pink vet wrap that I could wrap my helmet in. OH my gosh, I'm going to have fun doing that! hehe

I'll get an orange jacket or vest today at walmart... if I dont, I do have an orange polo I could put on over all my clothes.

I'll run to the tack store and see if they have orange vet wrap I could use instead of the pink.

If I take Montana, my brother got me this cool saddle pad. It's white and blue, but it really stands out on Montana. Other than that I have a black and dark purple pad.

ummm, anything else I'm forgetting? This is going to be my first real trail ride on a seasoned trail horse in a LONG TIME
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