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Hunter fatality in VT

Guys, please be careful out there. Make sure other hunters can see you and that you identify your target before shooting. Only we can stop this kind of stuff. This accident is only a few miles away from another hunting fatality in 2005.

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Hunter fatality in VT

Terrible! This kinda thing should never happen! Blaze Orange may have saved his life if he had been wearing it.....................

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I don't like to push my ideas on other people but I, personally, don't hunt during gun season w/o blaze orange on. It's required in most of the places I've hunted. Even when I lived in VT I wore red plaid with a blaze hat, even though it wasn't required. I just didn't feel it was worth the risk. I shot a 5-point buck at point blank range (less than 5 yds) while standing in the middle of a logging road with a blaze orange hat so I know it's possible for deer to not be totally spooked by it. It was wide open, I couldn't believe it. It's sad that blaze orange should even be needed, but it's understandable why most states require it. To me, it's a habit. Like wearing seat belts. For me it's a habit, so it doesn't bother me. I guess it's like a lot of things. If you're willing to take the risk, it's your life.

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Hunter fatality in VT

according to the most recent studies by the experts, Deer can only see 2 colors,, Blue and Yellow that's it .. after that it's just gray's and black's.
SO if a hunter avoids using, hunter orange / blaze orange / safety orange whatever you want to call it,, then he or she is just a fool... I live and Hunt in Vermont and when I hunt I'm always wearing orange (Coat and hat) and IF I ever get shot while hunting I hope they hang the bastard that shoots me UNLESS it was a stray bullet and truly a terrible accident. then i'll forgive him/her.. just my opinon.

My condolences to the friends and family of David Jenkins.

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BruceBruce,

When I lived in St. Albans, I had a red plaid Johnson coat. A few years later I bought a blaze orange jacket because I started hunting CO and they require 300 sq inches. I haven't wore the Johnson coat since for hunting. Like I said, it's a shame it's even needed.

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Hunter fatality in VT

During archery season it is amazing how well my hunting buddy blends into the background with camo. He literally is invisible even up close.

For that reason, it is imperative for hunters to wear orange during rifle season. I am amazed at how quickly I can pick up a hunter wearing orange. Knowing where a hunter is will prevent me from shooting in that direction and is the reason I wear the orange when hunting with a rifle. I want to be seen and I am willing to chance that a deer might see me to prevent someone from accidently shooting me.

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Cry
Not only hunters, but dogs land up being victims also. Keep your pets tied up during open seasons.
So sad. I hate hearing these stories every year.

Be careful PLEASE

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You ever notice how grey your blaze orange looks in the low light? I was mistaken for a deer once when I was sixteen. Full orange.

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Yes, I have noticed in very low light, almost dark, you lose all of your color vision. Even though our legal shooting time is 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, it's often too dark to really shoot anything on some days. I always use a flashlight walking in or out when it's dark. It's usually not for my benefit. I just want to be seen. Once I get my night vision, I can see pretty good....but it's all black and white.

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Re: orange jacket
NH Hunter wrote:
BruceBruce,

When I lived in St. Albans, I had a red plaid Johnson coat. A few years later I bought a blaze orange jacket because I started hunting CO and they require 300 sq inches. I haven't wore the Johnson coat since for hunting. Like I said, it's a shame it's even needed.

St Albans???? i grew up in Swanton, and still hunt around there when I get home. AND, I still hunt in a Johnson's Woolen Mills red plaid coat, but with an orange vest over it...... Yes

This is truly a sad story. They even have blaze orange that comes in a camo print. At least get that...... Cry

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Hey Ca,

I lived up on the hill by the big golf ball (FAA Radar Site) and worked in Sheldon Springs. I just looked at some property in Lowell this past weekend but it's a little too close to the asbestos mine. I doesn't really bother me but I didn't see much potential for resale once (if) they declare it a superfund site. I looked at the tailing piles in Google Earth. Man, they're big.

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