September marks the beginning of fall and the start of hunting season in Western North Carolina. It may be surprising, but hunting is permitted in parts of Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Dupont State Forest. Thankfully, most hunters are responsible and hunting isn’t allowed in densely populated areas. Taking the right precautions during hunting season will allow you and your pooch to still enjoy the great outdoors!
In Western North Carolina, hunting season usually begins in mid-September and ends in May . Below are some tips to keep you and your dog safe this hunting season.
- Wear bright colors! Orange is the default safety color for hunters, but any bright color will keep you spotted. Many pet stores and outdoor retailers carry brightly colored vests for your dogs, or you can use an orange bandana to keep them safe.
- Don’t let your dogs off their leashes, especially if they are prone to chasing prey.
- If there are hunters in the area, make sure they can hear you and your dog. You can buy bells to attach to your dog’s collar.
Another thing to consider is making sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccines and fully protected from whatever Mother Nature throws at them. Leptospirosis is a bacterium that can live in water sources contaminated by urine from infected wildlife. It attacks the dog’s liver and kidneys and can be spread to humans via direct contact with urine. The best way to prevent your pet from contracting this serious disease is by vaccinating them. We’d be glad to talk to you about your pets’ current risks and about having them vaccinated. Contact us