Many public areas in states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois are “mixed use” areas and contain equestrian trails for horses. Some of those trails are closed to horses during hunting seasons. Others, however, remain open. Take advantage of the opportunity by using a horse to help haul your stands and gear deep into the area. You’ll still want to get a fair distance off the trail before setting up (other hunters may also use the bridal trails for access), but the horse can get you well away from the parking lot before you start your hike.