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Hunter Safety -- State Blaze Orange Requirements

Submitted by:  TBC Press

Hunters age 17 and under are required to wear a hunter (fluorescent) orange exterior garment or hat when hunting game mammals or upland game birds (except turkey) with any firearm. Details of the regulation: •Exterior garment means a shirt, jacket, coat, vest or sweater. •Hat means any head covering (hat, bandana). •The upper garment or hat must be visible in all directions (e.g. 360° of hunter orange). •Hunter orange camouflage patterns are acceptable. •Game mammals are deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn antelope, Rocky Mountain goat, bighorn sheep and western gray squirrel. •Upland birds are forest grouse (blue and ruffed), chukar/Hungarian (gray) partridge, pheasants, quail (California and mountain) and sage grouse.
  • “Hunt” means to take or attempt to take any wildlife by means involving the use of a weapon. 

All fall small game, turkey, bear and deer hunters during the regular firearm deer season, and special archery deer season hunters during any portion of the archery season that coincides with the general small game or turkey seasons, must wear at least 250 square inches of hunter orange material on the head, chest and back combined. Spring turkey hunters must wear a minimum of 100 square inches of hunter orange on the head or back and chest while moving from one location to another. Groundhog hunters must wear 100 square inches of hunter orange on the head. All required hunter orange must be visible in a 360 degree arc. (Exceptions waterfowl, mourning dove, crow, flintlock deer season and archery season hunters except as specified.) 

Rhode Island
Solid daylight flourescent orange is required statewide, and must be worn above the waist and be visible in all directions. Examples which meet the orange requirements are a hat that covers 200 sq. in. or a combination of hat and vest covering 500 sq. in. The following orange requirements apply: 200 sq. in. by small game hunters during the small game season; 200 sq. in. by muzzleloader hunters during the muzzleloader season; 200 sq. in. by archers when traveling to/from stands during muzzleloading season; 500 sq. in. by all hunters (including archers) and all Management Area users during shotgun deer season. Exemptions: Waterfowl hunters while hunting from a boat or blind, over water or field, when done in conjunction with decoys; Crow hunters, when hunting over decoys; Turkey hunters; First segment dove hunters. In addition to above requirements, all other users (hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, etc.) of State Management Areas are required to wear 200 sq. in. of solid daylight flourescent orange from the third Saturday in October to the last day of February annually, and during the established mourning dove season and wild turkey season. 

South Carolina
On all WMA lands and lands within the Central Piedmont, Western Piedmont and Mountain Hunt Units during the gun hunting season for deer, all hunters must wear either a hat, coat, or vest or solid visible international orange. Hunters are exempt from this requirement while hunting for dove, duck and turkey. Small game hunters while hunting at night or on privately owned lands within the hunt unit are also exempt. 

South Dakota
All big game hunters with firearms must wear one or more exterior Hunter Orange garments above the waist. (Exception: turkey hunters.) 

All big game hunters with firearms must wear at least 500 square inches of Hunter Orange on a head covering and an outer garment above the waist, visible front and back. (Exception: turkey hunters during gun hunts proclaimed by the commission and those hunting on their own property.)

All hunters and persons accompanying a hunter on National Forests and Grasslands, must wear a minimum of 144 square inches of Hunter Orange visible on both the chest and back plus a Hunter Orange cap or hat. Call the US Forest Service and US Army Corps of Engineers for more information.

If you're hunting in an area where a centerfire rifle hunt is occurring, you must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of hunter orange material on your head, chest and back. In 2009, the Utah Legislature passed a law that allows a camouflage pattern in hunter orange to meet this requirement. However, the Division strongly encourages hunters to continue using solid hunter orange whenever possible. There are some exceptions to the hunter orange rule. You're not required to wear hunter orange if you're participating in a bighorn sheep hunt, a bison hunt, a moose hunt or a mountain goat hunt-or a hunt that requires you to possess a statewide conservation permit or a statewide sportsman's permit-unless a centerfire rifle hunt is in progress in the same area.
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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