Reminder to hunters headed to the Superior National Forest this year

The Superior National Forest welcomes hunters to the forest, but asks that this activity be pursued with safety and State, federal, and tribal hunting regulations in mind. Hunters are advised that the recently revised Forest Plan includes some new policy regarding the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and are also reminded that only portable or free-standing hunting blinds/stands are allowed.<BR><BR>OHV use will be allowed on OHV designated trails and on low-maintenance and unclassified roads unless posted closed. All cross-country OHV travel is prohibited, as well as any travel in ditches and shoulders of National Forest roads. The purpose of the new policy is to continue to provide opportunities for OHV riders while protecting the Forest’s ecological resources and reducing conflicts among Forest users.<BR><BR>Portable hunting stands are defined as those that are chained, belted, clamped, or tied with rope and do no permanent damage. A free-standing blind or elevated stand that is removable may also be used. Portable hunting stands and blinds may be set up one week prior to the hunt and must be removed within one week after the hunt.<BR><BR>For specifics regarding areas open for OHV use, hunters are encouraged to contact the Superior National Forest Ranger District office closest to the area where they plan to hunt. Maps and additional information regarding hunting and OHV policies on the Superior National Forest are also posted on the web site: www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior.<BR><BR>These policies apply to Forest Service lands within the Superior National Forest. Hunters are strongly encouraged to contact other landowners regarding their policy and procedures.<BR><BR>