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2019 North America Sportshows
Hunter Safety -- State Blaze Orange Requirements

Submitted by:  TBC Press

Any person hunting deer shall display on his head, chest, and/or back a total of not less than four hundred square inches of material of a daylight fluorescent orange color known as "hunter orange" during the open gun deer hunting season. Persons hunting on privately owned, legally posted land may wear a cap or a hat that is completely covered with hunter orange material in lieu of the foregoing requirements to display four hundred square inches of hunter orange. These provisions shall not apply to persons hunting deer from elevated stands on property which is privately owned and legally posted, or to archery deer hunters, hunting on legally posted land where firearm hunting is not permitted by agreement of the owner or lessee. On Wildlife Manage Areas all hunters except waterfowl and dove hunters must display 400 square inches of hunter orange and wear a hunter orange cap during the open gun season for deer. Hunters participating in special dog seasons for rabbit and squirrel are required to wear a minimum of a hunter orange cap. 

Anyone who hunts with a firearm during any open firearm season on deer is required to wear two articles of solid-colored hunter orange clothing (fluorescent orange) which is in good and serviceable condition and which is visible from all sides. One article must be a hat. The other must cover a major portion of the torso, such as a jacket, vest, coat, or poncho. Regulations for 1991 still require that anyone who hunts in the moose hunting district during the moose season must wear one article of solid Hunter Orange clothing.

All hunters and those accompanying them must wear either: 1) a cap of solid daylight fluorescent orange color; 2) a vest or jacket containing back and front panels of at least 250 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange color. Maryland requires 50% of Camouflage Hunter Orange garment to be daylight fluorescent orange color.; or 3) an outer garment of camouflage fluorescent orange worn above the waist which contains at least 50% daylight fluorescent orange color. (Exception: Hunters of wetland game birds, fur bearing mammals, doves, crows, wild turkeys, bow hunters during archery season only, falconers, and unlicensed hunters o their own property.

All hunters during shotgun deer season and deer hunters during primitive firearm season must wear at least 500 square inches of Hunter Orange on their chest, back, and head. (Exception: waterfowl hunters in a blind or boat.) All hunters on Wildlife Management Areas during pheasant and quail season must wear a Hunter Orange hat or cap. (Exception: waterfowl hunters in a blind or boat, and raccoon hunters at night.)

All firearm hunters on any land during daylight hunting hours must wear a hat, cap, vest, jacket, rainwear, or other outer garment of Hunter Orange visible from all sides. All hunters, including archers, must comply during gun season. Camouflage Hunter Orange is legal provided 50% of the surface area is solid Hunter Orange. (Exception: waterfowl, crow, dove, and wild Turkey hunters, and bow hunters for deer during open archery season. Michigan requires 50% of a Camouflage Hunter Orange garment be open Hunter Orange. 

A person may not hunt or trap during the open season where deer may be taken by firearms under applicable laws and ordinances, unless the visible portion of the person's cap and outer clothing above the waist, excluding sleeves and gloves, is blaze orange. Blaze orange includes a camouflage pattern of at least 50 percent blaze orange within each foot square. This section does not apply to migratory waterfowl hunters on waters of this state or in a stationary shooting location or to trappers on waters of this state. In addition to requirements already mentioned a person may not take small game other than turkey, migratory birds, raccoons, and predators, except when hunting with nontoxic shot or while trapping, unless a visible portion of at least one article of the person's clothing above the waist is blaze orange. Minnesota requires 50% of a Camouflage Hunter Orange garment be open Hunter Orange.

All deer hunters during any gun season for deer must wear in full view at least 500 square inches of solid, unbroken Hunter Orange visible from all sides.

During firearm deer season, all hunters must wear a cap or hat, and a shirt, vest or coat having the outermost color be Hunter Orange and must be plainly visible from all sides while being worn. Camouflage orange garments do not meet this requirement. (Exception: Department of Conservation areas where deer hunting is restricted to archery methods or waterfowl hunters.

Got orange? If not, now is a good time to obtain blaze orange for fall hunting. Humans can recognize blaze orange and will relate it to the presence of a human because it is a color not found in nature.

All states require hunters to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange on their head, chest and back when hunting during firearm season.

This directory is a guide and as rules change always check your states fish & game department for changes... 

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