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The Hunt is On Near the SHT

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The Hunt is On Near the SHT

October 21, 2019

Several hunting seasons are upon us in northern Minnesota. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the Superior Hiking Trail during hunting season.

Hunters: we urge you to be certain of what type of land you are making plans to hunt on (State, Federal, Private) and then check the websites of these various public land agencies to access maps, regulations and any other pertinent information.

Everyone: the following list highlights information we feel is a good start to your information-gathering before heading out on the Trail.

  • Most of the SHT outside of Duluth will be Closed to All Trail Users during firearms deer season, which runs November 9-24, 2019.
  • The section of SHT from Reeves Road to Lake County Road 301/Fors Road will be closed November 9 through December 15 for firearms deer and muzzleloader season. The next section over, Lake County Road 301/Fors Road to Castle Danger Trailhead, will be closed one week early, from November 2-24. Both of these closures are at the request of private landowners who allow our trail to cross their land. Please respect these additional closures.
  • The MN Department of Natural Resources website is a good resource to review seasons and areas open to hunting.
  • Before and after the closure for firearms deer season, there are other hunting seasons open near the SHT. It’s okay to be on the Trail, but we advise trail users to wear brightly colored clothing to make yourself visible.
  • As always, dogs must be on-leash at all time on the SHT. This holds true whether you are hiking, running or hunting. We advise using bright colored collars, leashes, and/or vests for your dog too.
  • If accessing hunting land via the SHT, firearms and bows must be carried unarmed at all times.
  • Do not camp at SHT trail heads.

The Superior National Forest welcomes visitors to hunt on those lands with the following provisions: It is illegal to shoot across a Forest Service road, or discharge a firearm within 150 yards of a building, campsite, residence, or recreation site (the SHT falls into this category).

The Trespass Law applies to all outdoor recreation, including hunting, hiking and camping. When taking part in outdoor recreation, you may not enter legally posted land without permission. This applies to all trail users throughout the year. Stay on the Trail!

ATVs (listed on the DNR website as the following – trail bikes, 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, 6-wheelers, tracked vehicles and other similarly manufactured or homemade vehicles) may not operate on a trail on public land that is designated or signed for non-motorized use only. This applies to the SHT.

SHTA will post signage to mark closed sections of the Trail during firearms season, but it is the responsibility of all hunters and trail users to respect the rules of the Trail, the laws of the land, and each other to ensure the safety of everyone enjoying their time in the woods.

For more updates on trail closures, issues, and more, visit our Trail Conditions page before you head out on the SHT.