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Heads up – hunting season is here!

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Heads up – hunting season is here!

Visible hikers are happy hikers.

It is autumn at last!

Autumn on the Superior Hiking Trail means lots of colors – yellow, red, and orange, for starters – but it should also mean blaze orange. During the next months there are a variety of hunting seasons active in the woods, from grouse to bear, to deer (archery) — all that and more, it’s all ongoing, right now. You can still get out and enjoy the trail (after all, fall on the SHT is glorious!)  just be as visible as possible.

Major portions of the SHT do close, however, for firearms deer season. SHTA closes the trail wherever there is private land in a section or if a public land managing agency asks us to close the trail. Hunting closures always manage to catch hikers by surprise, but it happens every year. Don’t be a surprised hiker!

This year, firearms deer season is November 4 – 19. The trail will be closed from:

  • Rossini Road Trailhead southwest of Two Harbors to Sugarloaf Road west of Schroeder (129 miles)
  • Caribou Trail Trailhead north of Lutsen to Bally Creek Road Trailhead (20 miles)
  • Cook Co Rd 58 (Lindskog Rd) north of Grand Marais to Jackson Lake Road Trailhead north of Hovland (39 miles)

Minnesota State Park trails will also be impacted by the firearms hunting season. Check the MN DNR website, www.dnr.state.mn.us for more information about park-specific closures.

It’s a good idea to plan your SHT trip for October instead. Really want to hike in November? Stick to the City of Duluth and Jay Cooke State Park… and even so, still be visible.