Hunting season is just around the corner. This can be a dangerous time for dogs, as they can easily be mistaken for prey while enjoying the outdoors.
Here are five ways to keep your dog safe during hunting season:
Dog safety tip #1: Research the official start of hunting seasons and which locations are open for hunting
In the United States, autumn marks the beginning of hunting season. The official start dates vary from state to state and according to species. As your first step in preparation, check the dates for your location. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (fws.gov) maintains a comprehensive and updated list of hunting seasons in each state; click on the “hunting” tab to conduct a search by zip code.
Decide whether you want to avoid the areas open for hunting and when, or take extra precautions during those dates.
Dog safety tip #2: Make your dog and yourself highly visible using blaze orange safety gear.
You do not want to fade into the background and blend in with your surroundings. Prevent hunters from mistaking your dog for deer or other game with blaze orange safety gear. Make others aware that both you and your dog are in the area by wearing highly visible, fluorescent orange vests, collars and bandannas.
As daylight fades, increase your visibility by adding reflective clothing and gear. Oftentimes, blaze orange products incorporate reflective patterns into the design. Add a small flashlight or headlamp to your safety plan.
Dog safety tip #3: Create noise as a signal
Noise informs people that you are nearby without seeing you. You can accomplish this by attaching a bell to your belt loop and to your dog’s collar.
By getting your presence recognized by hunters, you eliminate the risks of an accident.
Dog safety tip #4: Leash up!
When going for a walk or leisurely hike at your favorite hiking spot, don’t forget to keep your dog on a leash. Leash laws are in effect to protect you, your dog and others with whom you come into contact. And if it’s the hunting season, a leash will keep your dog from wandering and becoming exposed to hunters’ traps and snares.
Dog safety tip #5: Be flexible in your routine
Offering your dog opportunities to be active may change during hunting season. Instead of your regular romp in the woods, you may find a local beach or park that is suitable. Switch days for your outing. Each state has different regulations, and some do not permit hunting on Sundays.
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