Protect your public lands when hunting

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Review the information below to learn how to protect your favorite trails, forests, parks and prairies while hunting so you don't spread invasive plants throughout the forest.

Before
Before leaving home, check all your gear for mud, seeds, and vegetation. Bringing your dog hunting? Check him too. If you find any vegetation, remove and dispose of it before hitting the road. If you will be camping while hunting, plan to use local certified firewood.
During
If what you are seeking is off trail, be sure to thoroughly check yourself throughout for sticking seeds or vegetation. Periodically clean yourself off while hunting.
After
Check yourself, gear, pets, and vehicles thoroughly for seeds, mud, and vegetation. Remove anything you find. If you went off trail, double-check yourself for tricky seeds and vegetation that might be hiding in your socks or even pockets. If you find some tricky mud or seeds and need to remove them at home, make sure you properly dispose of the seeds.