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Leave Only Footprints

Make sure to pack up and carry out your trash from the woods.

By Molly Kirk

Photos by Matt Kline

The woods can become a second home for hunters during deer season. Hunters spend long hours in the woods and frequently mark navigational reference points to help them find their way. But at the close of the season, it’s important to remember to clean up after yourself in the woods.

Pack up and carry out any trash like ammunition boxes, food wrappers, and drink containers when you leave the area you hunted. On your way out of the woods for the last time, remove the navigational ribbons placed on trees. “Wildlife Management Areas are public lands meant to conserve habitat for wildlife,” said Matt Kline, one of DGIF’s Wildlife Management Area Supervisors. “It’s disheartening to see debris left behind at the end of hunting season. We hope that hunters can help us maintain and improve the habitat for the wildlife rather than impacting the habitat negatively by leaving garbage behind.”

Hunting During the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • If you choose to hunt during the pandemic it is essential that you follow CDC guidelines.
  • Purchase your hunting license online instead of in-person.
  • Hunt alone or with family members or others that you live with and are isolating with during the Governor’s “stay at home” order.
  • Do not hunt if you feel sick or think you might be sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol-based sanitizer even while afield or afloat.
  • Do not share equipment with anyone, and wash your equipment when you’re done.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other hunters you encounter and try to avoid crowded access points.
  • Try to hunt near home as much as possible and avoid traveling long distances.
  • February 5, 2020