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Backpacking with a Dog in Western ND
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Adrian Swanson
(storunner13) - M

Locale: Upper Midwest
Backpacking with a Dog in Western ND on 10/07/2013 08:33:52 MDT Print View

I'm looking for some input from those dog owners who have backpacked with their dogs. I'm heading on a bikepacking trip on the Maah Daah Hey trail in Western North Dakota. It winds between the southern and northern sections of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I have a German Shorthaired Pointer and he's been on a couple overnights with me, but only in the Midwest (where there are fewer large animals). I'm a little concerned about encountering bison around the national park. Can any one else share their experiences with their dogs and bison? Or other large wildlife? Any other tips or experiences with their dogs in the backcountry would be appreciated.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Backpacking with a Dog in Western ND on 10/07/2013 09:09:17 MDT Print View

My dog would only bark at bears. Depends on your dog and how it was trained quite a bit. On leash fulltime may be the answer.

diego dean
mdh on 10/07/2013 19:34:31 MDT Print View

I did the MDH this year and I wouldn't worry about running into any bison along the way. But there are plenty of grazing cattle along the way.

Did they get any of that snow that just went through?

Adrian Swanson
(storunner13) - M

Locale: Upper Midwest
Re: mdh on 10/09/2013 11:18:41 MDT Print View

They got a bit of the snow...or at least I remember looking at the current weather a few days ago and saw 'snow/mix'.

We're expecting rain the day before we get on trail, so we're hoping things will dry out by noonish.

Did you have any large wet areas or anything on the MDH? How treacherous are some of the trails? Did you do the northern section? Someone at Dakota said that they never cleared the northern 15 miles or so.

Anthony Analetto
(Fubar2us) - F

Locale: MidWest USA
Re: Maah Daah Hey Trail on 10/13/2013 19:36:12 MDT Print View

Rut is over so even if you do run into any you should have no issues. I was out on the trail last month and had no issues with them walking around in my campsite.

Campsite Bisons

Edited by Fubar2us on 10/13/2013 19:40:44 MDT.