Wrap Your Arms Around the Season
August 25th, 2019 by Curtis Condon

Fall is peak hunting season, so be aware of your surroundings and stay alert. Consider limiting your nonhunting outings to areas where hunting is not allowed. When that’s not possible, stay on established trails, keep pets on a leash and wear bright clothing to increase your visibility.
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Americans love autumn. It’s their favorite time of year, according to a survey by research firm YouGov.

One reason for the love affair is the next two months offer some of the best opportunities of the year to enjoy the outdoors.

Of course, it’s hunting season, but nonhunters also can find plenty of reasons to relish the season.

  • Active pursuits. Some of the best hiking, biking and paddling occurs this time of year. Cooler temperatures make activities more comfortable and enjoyable.
  • Photography. Fall is an outdoor photographer’s dream. It offers gorgeous light, stunning color, and some of the best sunrises and sunsets of the year.
  • Camping. Fewer crowds, more wildlife and cooler nights are just three things that make autumn a favorite with campers.
  • Bird-watching. This is one of two seasons when birds are in motion, migrating to southern climes. Other wildlife is more active in fall as well.

Something to keep in mind when planning fall outings is weather. Temperatures tend to be cooler—especially overnight—and conditions can change rapidly. The days are shorter, too.

Get Ahead of the Crowds
Take advantage of advance reservations at state and national parks. You can make reservations six months in advance at most national parks and monuments, while state parks allow booking camp spots six to 12 months ahead of time, depending on the state. Making advance reservations for other types of lodging and guide services is also a good idea if you want to beat the crowds.

Outdoor 101: Gore-Tex’s Kryptonite
Waterproof, breathable super fabrics have a weakness: excessive body heat.

During high levels of exertion, even the best of these fabrics cannot keep up with the heat and moisture produced by a person’s body, so moisture builds up on the inside of the garment.

To give the fabrics a fighting chance, use the pit zips and other venting methods to reduce heat and moisture to manageable levels.

Monitor your activity levels and body heat proactively. Start venting as soon as you begin to get too warm.

Special Days in September
September 14, International Crab Fest Day.
September 16, Collect Rocks Day.
September 28, National Hunting and Fishing Day.

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Many of Curtis Condon’s fondest memories involve outdoor adventures with friends and family, whether fishing with old school buddies, backpacking in the mountains of the Northwest with his sons, or bird- watching along the Gulf Coast with his wife. He feels fortunate having the opportunity to write about the outdoors and other subjects for more than 30 years.