CannondaleKid wrote:What real danger?
Let's take a moment to compare the odds:
1. Being shot by a hunter - Roughly 1,000 people are shot (relatively few die) by hunters each year in the US AND Canada.
2. Being in a car accident on the drive to/from the hike - What is it for just the US this year ALREADY... 17,000 killed?
I think we can do better on the math here. First, the number of people killed in auto accidents is more like 35,000, though about 10% of that number is pedestrians. Still, a lot more than 17,000. Also, the number of people injured
in auto accidents is in the low millions (2.5 million went to the ER with an injury from an auto accident in 2012). So, we should be looking at a much bigger number.
Of course, you have to take the 1,000 vs. 2.5 million in terms of the total population exposed to the threat and the time duration. Americans drive around 3 trillion miles a year when you add it all up. So, your risk of getting in an accident that sends someone to the hospital for, say a 250 mile round trip drive to a trailhead, is 1 in 4800 (or maybe a bit lower than this because the 2.5 million number probably includes some accidents that injured more than one person).
As for the hunting--I think it's basically impossible to come up with a reasonable estimate for your risk of getting shot on one camping trip. But let's not forget that the hunting season is only a small fraction of the year, and the total number of people who are outdoors during hunting season in areas with hunting is a lot smaller than the number of people who drive in the US.
Like I said above, the risk of getting shot is still small--just like your risk of a serious accident on the way to the trailhead. But since the OP already said that she is going to hike the trail in the spring if not now, it makes more sense to treat the risk of an accident on the way to the trail as a given. In that case, comparing the two risks is kind of pointless. Then the only remaining question is: is the very small additional risk of getting shot worth doing the hike now? Only the OP can answer that question.
(This is what happens when you are stuck working on a beautiful Saturday instead of out hiking)