One time when I was a teenager I was riding my mare in the hills with her colt following on a forested path. A shot rang out and the bullet slammed into the hillside just above my colt's back. He was the color of a deer. That really got my heart pounding and I was hopping mad.
I have no experience with it, but I would think it would, based on the fact that I have paracord with reflective tracers in it very similar to that and it lights up really well with a flashlight from a good distance away. So it should work if someone shines a light on it.
:smile:" Hunters may not like you because your sound will also send wildlife gone.." :smile: like
I don't think it scares off bears as much as alerts them to your presence so you don't startle each other. Black bears generally move right off anyway.I could care less what the hunters think.......as long as they don't shoot me or my horse. But sometimes wildlife will just watch you if you are making a strange sound. I see elk all the time when I am playing music. They stare at me in astonishment right before they run. But the bells are supposed to scare off bears, so I guess there's that.
I think things are different out west. Well, at least I hope so! But deer season always sounds like a free-for-all in other places. Here, we have both deer and elk hunts and the hunters have to be drawn for permits and only hunt in certain sections. That does include my favorite part of the national forest near my house.Couldn't pay me to ride on trails during firearms deer hunting. Even with blaze orange on horse and me with blaze orange coat,an helmet cover.
You'd be lucky if your horse survived the ride. No way no how would I ride on trails or dirt roads. I value my life and my horses life to much to risk it.
My horses are in a corral right by barn. An that's where they stay till deer hunting is over. Every year horses get shot ,being mistaken for deer during firearms deer hunting.
That is exactly how it is here. The hunting is extremely strict. Extremely limited permits. Extremely sectioned. Spammed warning signs. Limited hours. Legalized specified weapons only. Harsh penalties for illegal hunting. Etc. We have a major deer (over population) problem here and they need the hunters to help control it. The trails don't go through the deer hunting territory (obviously), but they do run close by (parallel ish). No need to play "where's waldo." I can't ride in the summer due to the heat. I don't want to take away the fall!I think things are different out west. Well, at least I hope so! But deer season always sounds like a free-for-all in other places. Here, we have both deer and elk hunts and the hunters have to be drawn for permits and only hunt in certain sections. That does include my favorite part of the national forest near my house.
I have been told the limited number of hunters and the fact they have to be drawn in a lottery to get a tag is what keeps things under control. To be honest, I don't even know when the deer hunts are in my area. I DO keep track of the elk hunts because I like to go out and call the elk and I obviously don't want to do if there is a hunt going on. But the way I look at it is that I have every right to be out there as anyone else, I just need to be careful about it. And if I didn't ride during hunting season I wouldn't be riding from the beginning of September through November because the hunts are all staggered (at least those 3 months.......deer season might be into December as well). So I'm not going to stop riding for 3-4 months because of hunters in the woods. I just try not to sound or look like a game animal when there is a hunt going on. The "big" elk hunts are still coming up in November. The ones with 250 plus permits for bull elk and about the same number for cow elk. Those last about a week each. I will be extra careful during those times and stick to the main roads rather than doing a lot of bush whacking. And yes, wear all my crazy yellow and orange garb. It can't hurt and probably helps quite a bit.
In my area (Great Lakes region, Wisconsin), a horse was just shot by a bow while on a trail ride, while the rider was wearing bright red protective gear, and was in a talkative group. The arrow went through the horses heel and hoof, and the horse was immediately put to sleep.PS. I have never heard of a horse actually being shot by accident (although I'm sure it could happen). But we do have idiots who shoot feral horses or even pastured domestic horses on purpose. And then they just get a slap on the wrist. Makes me so angry!