Hunting Season is Here

Rocky Mountain elk

Hunting Season is Here

Springerville, AZ—October 22, 2018 – Hunting is a way of life for many people and has been implemented for generations, it is just one of many activities that the public engages in on National Forests throughout the nation.  When you are out and about in the forests please be respectful and considerate of those who are hunting.  If you are recreating in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) this time of year be aware of your surroundings and wear bright colored clothing.

Fall months are especially dangerous with decreasing overnight temperatures and the potential for bad weather.  Because of the increased chances for injury or death from exposure, ASNFs officials encourage visitors to prepare for fall by wearing suitable hiking gear, such as insulated boots and packing extra clothing layers.  Be sure to carry adequate water, an ample food supply, and a first aid kit.  GPS is good to have, but batteries can fail; learn the area, carry extra batteries, study your maps, and pack a compass and a signal mirror. 

Know the weather conditions before you go.  Prepare for the possibility of encountering wild animals, rock falls, falling trees and snags, loose or uneven ground, mines, caves, water hazards, hypothermia, lightning, floods, hail, wind, and heat.  

Wilderness and primitive areas are managed by the Forest Service to provide visitors with primitive, challenging recreational opportunities that require a high degree of self-reliance and navigational skills.  The beauty and peacefulness of the forest may make you feel carefree, but you must remain vigilant to avoid potentially dangerous situations. 

“Know before you go” by visiting the USDA Forest Service website, which provides “forest goers” with information for a safe and enjoyable experience:  Leave No Trace, an agency partner also provides excellent information about pre-trip planning:

Make sure family or friends know your plans and when you are expected to return, establish a “check out/check in” system.  We don’t want you to become a statistic; be smart, be prepared and be successful on your hunt.