Safety Reminders

Trek Safely Every Season of the Year!

Vermont Hunting Season Dates

Check VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife "Hunt" page for specific hunting season dates.
NOTE: Youth Deer Weekend is November 5-6, 2016.

Hiking Safety Reminders

All the land crossed by the Long Trail is open to hunting during regular hunting seasons and many other VT trails cross hunting land.
  • Always wear blaze orange that is visible from both front and back. 
  • Be especially careful in valleys and near roads and trailheads.
  • Don’t wear clothing with patches of white that might be mistaken for a deer.
  • Be prepared for changeable weather. 
  • Wear or carry a layer that wicks away moisture (not cotton) and a protective layer for wind and rain. 
  • Bring gloves and a hat. 
  • Pack a headlamp or flashlight just in case you come down the trail after sunset.

GMC's precautions with wildlife

Topics at the above link include black bearsmooseperegrine falcons (nesting), ticks (Lyme Disease) and rabies. 

Weather Forecast Websites

Make sure you check an up-to-date online weather forecast before heading out!

EVERY SEASON IS TICK SEASON:
Bringing increased risk of tick-borne illnesses.
Identifying wildflowers along the trail.

Learn about Ticks in Vermont (from the Vermont Health Dept. website)

·         Especially useful are links from the above website, include:

The Vermont Department of Health warns residents to be vigilant against the rise of the deer tick population. Deer ticks are carriers of Lyme disease. The following is a list of precautions to take when heading outdoors:
  • Wear light-colored clothing with tight weave to spot ticks easily.
  • Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirt.
  • Tuck shirt into pants and pants into socks or boots.
  • The chemical permethrin kills ticks and can be applied to clothing, but not to exposed skin.
  • Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors.
  • Stay on cleared, well-traveled trails.  Walk in the center of trails.  Avoid dense woods and bushy areas.
  • Avoid sitting directly on the ground or on stonewalls.
Bathe or shower promptly after exposure (preferably within 2 hours) and use the opportunity to check for ticks. If found remove promptly and watch for symptoms.  Remember, tuck your pants into your socks and check for ticks after being outdoors.

GMC's Winter Hiking Preparedness (part 2)

Especially helpful for cold weather trekking are GMC's videos of "Winter Trekking" (published in 2012; a series of 7 videos). Subjects include dressing for cold weather and how to guard against hypothermia.

Also there are several GMC-sponsored workshops to participate in.

Winter Hiking Safety Tips Featured GMC on Burlington TV (WCAX)

On January 31, 2014, the Burlington television series "Destination Recreation" on WCAX featured "Winter Hiking" with GMC's Peter Antos-Ketcham.  It's well worth taking the time to view/read it. 

Click here to check it out! (Both video and transcript available.) Well done, Pete!