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hunter orange

I'm not sure if this subject has been brought up before, but here in Washington we have to wear a minimum of 400 square inches of hunter orange.  BUT, it does not prescribe exactly where that must be worn.  We do not have a hat requirement.  You can wear any color hat you want.  Gloves are not a requirement.  Only 400 square inches of hunter orange.

That brings up a couple of questions I'd like to hear about.

1.  Does you state require where the orange must be worn?

2. Can you wear the break-up orange clothing or does it have to be a solid color?

I am of the belief that deer pick up on a big solid color of anything, whether it's orange, black or white.  Very little in nature is of a big block of the same color.  I believe that breaking your orange up with black prevents the block color issue. 

What are your thoughts?

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Here in Colorado you must

Here in Colorado you must wear at least 500 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange above the waist while you are hunting big game with a rifle/muzzle loader season and part of it needs to be some kind of hat.  Camouflage orange does not count. 

Utah you must wear 400 square inches above the waist during a center fire rifle hunt.  It actually says on your head, chest, and back.  Camouflage orange can be worn now.  Muzzle loader hunters do not need to wear it unless there is a center fire rifle hunt going on in the same unit.  Just this year if you are hunting bison you do not need to wear any orange. 

Arizona just go for it.  There is no requirement at this time. 

As far as spooking game with it I really don't believe that it does that much.  I have been within 5' of mule deer bucks and 7' of cow elk and neither one of them knew that I was there until I started to move around. 

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Well Colorado is already

Well Colorado is already covered by Critter so I'll hit the other states I'm familiar with. We hunt every year for antelope in Wyoming and although orange is required it only needs to be one piece and it can be either a hat or a vest, you don't need to wear both and camo orange is allowed. I hunted Texas last year as well and there were no requirements at all down there.

We went with the hat in Wyoming as your head is usually the first thing over the hill anyway.

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camo blaze

Just to clarify about the use of camo blaze in Colorado.  It can actually be worn while biggame hunting here as long as you also have 500 square inches of solid blaze ornage above the waist. Camo blaze just cannot be counted in the square inch requirments for biggame hunting, that's all. 

For upland bird hunting, since blaze orange is not required to be worn in Colorado for small game, Upland, or migratory bird hunting you sure can legally wear camo blaze. 

Not sure exactly why camo blaze cannot meet the requirements for orange here while hunting biggame.  They allow mesh to be be worn and meet the requirements, so I don't get it.

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New York State doesn't care

New York doesn't require blaze orange at all, but I think it is just plain stupid not to wear it.  Like you Arrowflipper, I think that solid colors are picked up by wildlife, so I am a big fan of the blaze camo.  When I hunted with you last I had a 2x2 muley buck within 20 yards without any idea I was there while I was wearing a blaze and black camo sweatshirt.  I am still looking for blaze and black camo cold weather gear but have not found any yet.  Can anybody recommend a source for it?

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Here in New Mexico its not

Here in New Mexico its not required unless you hunt White sands bombing range or The valles caldera.  then you have to wear 244 square inches.  and yes it can be camo.  they pretty much say a vest and hat.   

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New Mexico

niceshot_smitty wrote:

Here in New Mexico its not required unless you hunt White sands bombing range or The valles caldera.  then you have to wear 244 square inches.  and yes it can be camo.  they pretty much say a vest and hat.   

Interesting about NM not requiring it (except for a few areas).  I hunted NM a couple times many years ago as a kid with my dad, so I don't recall what the regs were then I just recall wearing a blaze hat and vest.

Question though.  Do you have any idea or access to any info as to the incident or accident numbers from hunting in NM each year.  My states division of wildlife posts that stuff annually.  It would be interesting to see if NM's are any different per year regarding accidents as a result of not wearing blaze.  It's required for rifle season in Colorado, so the accidents we have every year are mostly due to other things.  Just curious what NMs accidents result from. 

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Not to sure where to find

Not to sure where to find that info out.  its not on the website.  I will look in to it for all of you.  Most of my experenses here have been with primitive wepons.  I do now alot of people wear it anyway, even though its not required. 

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I know this is an old thread,

I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to add something  guys in Colorado might not be aware of.

If you wear a vest of blaze orange, and wear a backpack that covers the back of the vest. You can get sighted for not having 500" showing.

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um... this is what i'll be

um... this is what i'll be doing so I called the CO DOW and asked about that. Told him I bought a blaze orange bandana like hat cover to put on my pack and said that would be fine. Now I'm wondering as I'm 36 hours from heading up the hill if I'm going to have too little showing.

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blaze

Depending on the weather, my jacket will often consists of a heavy polyester solid blaze orange hooded sweatjacket.  I bring my blaze vest in my pack in case the day warms up enough and I need to remove my hooded sweatjacket. I simply wrap my hoodie around and tie it to the outside of my pack.  When the cold dictates that I wear my wool camo hunting jacket I simply wear my solid blaze vest over the jacket, and then take one of those cheap $1.99 mesh blaze vests they sell in most sporting goods stores and secure it around the outside of  my pack. Problem is that I can't use the hood on my camo wool jacket because it will obscure any blaze orange head cover I have on.  I just bring a blaze orange cold weather windproof fleece beanie and midweight orange fleece neck-gaitor, the combo works great together, much better than a hood would.  My packframe has a stow-away blaze orange rain cover that came with it, so I use that to place over my quarters when packing out.

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