OK, false advertising, I admit it. Shoot me, it has been way too quiet around here lately.
Hunter Orange is still required out here. But, you tell me why. Bow hunters don't seem to shoot each other too often. Muzzleloaders don't knock each other down very often, heck muzzle loaders are good out to over 100yards anymore. Maybe we should make sure they wear 400 square inches of hunter orange? I personally do not know one hunter who aims his weapon at noise, or to see whats coming thru his scope. In thick brush, hunters make noise, deer still seem to slide thru without much noise, I know the difference, I also know not to aim a weapon at noise.
Personally, I think that hunter orange requirements have been established to make enforcement easier. Current square inch requirements are a bit over the top. How about a requirement where you must have say 100 square inches of orange above the waistline? I think game animals can pick you up with so much of the orange on, color blind, color indifferent or not. Go duck hunting without shadowgrass gear on and see what happens. Go turkey hunting without camo... you get my point.
For the purposes of safety, I believe a hat would be enough. When deer and elk hunting, I do appreciate the color on hunters so that I may decide not to hike up a canyon, if I notice a chunk of orange out in the middle of the hill.....I pick another area to hunt. Orange on upland hunters is definitely a must. And, if you get lost or injured, you definetly want a big ol' chunk of orange or bright color to help rescue efforts.... But do we really need 400 square inches of the material on each guy out there?
Don't most hunters get shot while loading and unloading their weapons? If safety is the big concern, I would push for an educational campaign where we address the true threats to hunters. Physical health, loading and unloading of weapons...etc..... I would bet that most firearm related injuries occur up close and personal, at camp, at the truck when loading and unloading, on the trail when hiking with others, not across a canyon, or in heavy brush while hunting. I think that the term "hunting accident" is a mis-nomer, makes us look bad. Instead, maybe accidents should be called what they are, IE; "a man injured his friend while unloading his rifle..." would be; Unsafe gun handling accident. If our friend has a heart attack while hunting, because he was not in shape, and tried to do too much, we don't call this a "hunting" injury.... Both guys were hunting...
Aside form my rambling, what do you think? Is 400 square inches of Blaze Orange overkill? Would 100 inches suffice?