hikers in the woodsPennsylvania officials may ban hiking on state game lands during fall and spring hunting seasons – a total of 130 days a year – according to an article on LehighValleyLive.com.

Hiking groups say the ban, which was proposed for safety reasons, would affect hiking along Blue Mountain in the Lehigh Valley and other popular spots, and possibly deny access to feeder trails to the Appalachian Trail.

State officials say that much of the game lands were purchased through hunting permit sales and taxes on hunting equipment, and were intended for primary use by hunters.

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