I had an experience yesterday that left me very unsettled while out on the trails. While riding one of my absolute favorite trails, I had a .22 ***** barrel pointed right at my face! I was approaching a Dad and his two boys hiking on the MTB trail and his oldest was at the back of their little convoy carrying the ***** loosely over his shoulder. I heard his Dad tell him as I rode away to point the barrel at the ground as he carried it, so that was encouraging.
The trails are in a state rec area that allows hunting during legal seasons. I don't know if there are boundaries, but I've never seen any signs indicating hunting isn't allowed in areas so I'd guess they're allowed.
So, it just got me thinking maybe riding this area's not such a great idea for now. I certainly wasn't the only person that was out on the trails yesterday. I encountered four other groups of riders (that I was passing, booyah! ) on the same trail. I wear brightly colored clothing and my Camelbak is a neon yellowish-green color. I'd think it'd be pretty hard to mistake me for any sort of game, but I also think guys with guns aren't the sort of people you want to piss off by spooking the wildlife.