Writer and environmentalist Lauren R. Stevens is a regular Eagle contributor.

One of the advantages of hiking in these parts, if you’re nervous about hunting season, is that you can play the states. For example, Massachusetts deer season is now, Nov. 28 to Dec. 10, the south region of New York State (which is contiguous to Berkshire) continues through Dec.

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Lauren R. Stevens is author of “50 Hikes in the Berkshires,” Countryman Press/W.W. Norton, 2016.