as with anything new and forced upon us, we disliked the idea of wearing the vests...now looking back, it's a great idea.
we hunt in an area were the florida trail winds through the woods...one of our hunters was shooting at a buck in a small cut area , one day...got the buck, but a few minutes later, just beyond where he was aiming, there went a hiker, not wearing orange, going down the trail...had he been there a few minutes earlier, well, no telling how that would have ended.
another time, my son was walking with the dogs, we saw the deer, then saw him with his orange vest on... what would have happened if he hadn't had that orange vest on..????
yes, they are a good idea!!! in fact, i believe that any one using the forests during any hunting season, should be required to wear orange. hikers, people riding with hunters, even land owners, walking the roads, for excercise, and people walking their dogs...should wear orange.
they aren't expensive, but if not wearing them, could cost a lot.
and if they start to fade, replace them...
I agree that when the idea of making hunters wear orange vests came about it seemed like an outrage at the time and many of the places I hunt don't require you to wear a vest.
But like the previous comment above I have now come around to the idea. Because the outdoors a becoming more populated with hikers, birdwatchers and outdoorsmen like ourselves safety does have to come first.
At the end of the day your experience and skill should offset what we percieve to be a handicap in wearing a vest.
One of the things I struggle with when afield is keeping my rifle clean and in good working order. Small amounts of dust and dirt collect moisture; moisture can freeze rendering your action immovable when you need it most. I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, and over time, I’ve learned the cause and how to prevent this from happening.
The first thing that you need to avoid before going afield is leaving excess oil on the gun. Oil will trap dirt and sand in all the wrong places....