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Firearms Deer Season: A Survival Guide

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Firearms Deer Season: A Survival Guide

It’s the hardest time of the year for hikers and runners on the North Shore. As always, the majority of the Superior Hiking Trail will be closed for firearms deer hunting season November 3-18.

Because of this closure, we’re almost guaranteed perfect late-fall hiking weather during this time. Please don’t be tempted to venture onto a closed section of the SHT. Here are a few ways to survive firearms deer season without losing your mind:

  • Hike Duluth! There is over 40 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail to explore within the city limits. Have you hiked the new Ely’s Peak Loop yet or meandered along Chester Creek recently? This is a great time of the year to enjoy those sections.
  • Stay within (open portions of) the state parks! State parks have hunting closures but many of the attractions remain open. This is the time to visit all those state park sites that are super busy in the summer.
  • Visit a neighbor! Wisconsin’s firearms deer season only partially overlaps with northern Minnesota’s. The Ice Age Trail and North Country Trail both boast amazing Wisconsin trail to explore. (But as always, plan ahead and prepare before heading out there!)

By respecting the Trail closure, you help the Superior Hiking Trail Association maintain good relations with the public and private landowners who graciously allow the SHT to cross their land. Please adhere to all posted signs and stay off any closed sections.

Need more info on Trail Closures? Head to the Trail Conditions page.