The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail traverses U.S. Forest lands that have long been popular hunting grounds in all seasons. All Trail users should be aware of these activities and not wear clothing that could be mistaken for wildlife. Bright colors and hunter orange eliminate most instances of mistaken identity.
BE AWARE IT'S HUNTING SEASON - WEAR ORANGE ON THE TRAIL!
We would like to remind everyone that modern gun deer season opens on November 9, 2019, and continues through December 1 in the Ouachita National Forest along the LOViT. Dogs are allowed to be used hunting for deer during this time. A second modern gun season is December 26-28. Note also these deer hunting dates: Archery - Sept. 28, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020; Muzzleloader - Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16; Youth modern gun hunt - Nov. 2-3, 2019, and Jan. 4-5, 2020. Be especially careful and be sure to wear orange if you decide to hike or bike on the Trail during these times. We don't want anyone to get hurt or to cause conflicts between Trail users and hunters.
A group of hikers from Delta State University in Mississippi ready to depart from Denby Bay to Hickory Nut Mountain.
Traildog Robert Cavanaugh helped a nice group of students from Delta State University in Mississippi and their teacher by providing them with a shuttle and some planning for an overnight hike on the LOViT.
The group had originally planned to start Thursday and to spend two nights on the Trail. However, their trip from Mississippi was delayed due to bad weather, so they were only able to camp a single night.
Plenty of ice greeted the Delta State hikers on Hickory Nut Mountain
Their trip to Hickory Nut Mountain was greeted by plenty of ice on the trees, a pretty view, but a cold day!