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Tips on birding safely in hunting seasons

With a little knowledge and preparation, you can confidently enjoy birding during any hunting season. Here are some tips.

¯ Keep color in mind. The more visible you are, the safer you are. Wear brightly colored clothing that can be seen from all sides. Avoid colors that blend in with the environment or are the color of game species: green, brown, black or white.

¯ Know which hunting seasons are open. There are open seasons every day of the year in Michigan. Most seasons are busiest on opening day. The most popular hunting season in Michigan is firearm deer hunting season, which runs Nov. 15-30.

¯ Know the lands you use. Hunting is open on any public or private land where permission is granted. Most public lands and private conservation lands have resources online to help you find out where hunting is allowed. When in doubt, contact the property owner.

¯ Stick to the trails. Hunters generally will venture off human-used paths, so there is less hunting on established trail systems.

¯ Head home before dark. Dawn and dusk are often the best time for hunters. Enjoy wildlife viewing during daylight hours.

Michigan’s hunters work hard every year to keep themselves, their hunting partners and the people they share the land with safe so all can enjoy Michigan’s outdoors.

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