With the weather being near perfect, I was thinking of heading up to Devils Lake this weekend. What do I need to know now that it's hunting season? Would it be wise to wear blaze orange? Are any areas closed?
It looks like most of the climbing is in areas closed off to hunters. The DNR page is pretty informative and has a decent map of what's open and what isn't. That being said it wouldn't hurt to bring some blaze orange with. There are still a quarter million trigger happy hunters in the woods.
Jeremy, here is a direct link to this year's map . You want to avoid East of the Quarry (incl. the Old Sandstone, where we regularly see hunters using the climbers' trail), Steinke Basin, and especially the South Bluff bouldering. By next weekend there will be a lot less hunting pressure, if you want to visit any of these areas.
It is that time of year again! For those who have been following the shifting boundaries over the years, notice that bouldering areas that overlook the Lake on the S Bluff are now closed to hunting ... but you should still probably be wearing blaze orange if you go to the Reserve.
Also the areas E & W of the Quarry are closed to hunting.
The Sandstone, and Steinke basin are open to hunting as they always have been. In my decades of experience, that mostly means you don't want to show up toooo early in the morning ....