With hunting seasons under way, the Washington Trails Association is offering a series of safety tips for hikers.
The key is to know where hunters will be and make sure they know you are in the forest:
• Know when hunting seasons are. A number of seasons have opened, but October will be one of the busiest months. Check season dates at wdfw.wa.gov.
• Wear bright clothing. Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out, such as red, orange or pink, and avoid blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing.
• If you hike with a dog, keep in on a leash and consider having it wear a brightly-colored pack, coat or an orange shirt.
• Make noise and make yourself known. Whistle, sing or carry on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence. Sound carries well across mountain basins. If you do hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are there.
• Know your own comfort level. If hunting makes you uneasy, choose a hike in a location where hunting is not allowed, such as a national or state park.