In this part of the country, backpacking in late-Oct and early-Nov can be a real pleasure. You get to enjoy the last moments of Fall and taste the beginning of winter at the same time. Also, you get to enjoy a good deal more solitude on the trails.
At the same time, there are some additional safety concerns. Last weekend I was out hiking during "Youth Deer Weekend." I survived, but it got me wondering what additional precautions others take to stay safe during hunting season. These are may *additional* safety measures:
1. Only hike in heavy snow areas, where the trail starts above 2,500 feet;
2. Blaze orange hat, vest, and backpack/markings on pack; and
3. Hike with one or more RNs.
This pretty much means that there's only one place in the state where I hike during this season. Do others hike during hunting season or take the time off? If you do hike, what safety measures do you take to minimize the risk?
*NOTE: PLEASE do not turn this into a hunting/gun debate. This is not the point of this thread.*