GLADSTONE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The bear hunting season is right around the corner, and officials at the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula have some reminders about hunting on forest land.
The biggest reminder is that the “dragging” of forest service roads and trails is illegal. Hunters sometimes will “smooth out” the roads to make it easier to see a bear’s tracks.
Forest Supervisor Jo Royer says that this causes drainage problems on the roads, which can lead to erosion.
Also, “dragging” can move weed seeds from one location to another, which can lead to the spread of invasive plant species. Another reminder: using Off Highway Vehicles is against the law, even if you’re baiting or going to remove a bear that you shot.