Oregon Youth Hunter Must Wear Orange Starting August 1st

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New rules that require youth to wear hunter orange when hunting take effect Aug. 1, 2011.

As of that date, 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.

Archery, turkey and migratory bird hunters are exempt from the hunter orange requirement. (Turkey and waterfowl have excellent eyesight and wearing hunter orange could reduce hunter success.)

The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the new rule last year to protect youth hunters from vision-related firearm incidents. Adult hunters are also strongly encouraged to wear hunter orange when in the field.

Some controlled (limited entry) youth elk hunting seasons open Aug. 1 and general season bear and cougar will also be open that day. But most hunting seasons don’t open until September or October.

Important fall 2011 general hunt season (unlimited entry) dates follow:

Sept. 1-Jan. 31, 2012: Grouse, some quail seasons
Oct. 1-Nov. 4: Western Oregon deer centerfire (Cascade closure Oct. 15-21)
Oct. 8-Dec. 31, 2011/Jan. 31, 2012: Pheasant, chukar/partridge, remaining quail seasons
Oct. 15-21: Cascade elk centerfire
Nov. 5-13: Rocky Mtn elk centerfire 2nd season
Nov. 12-15: Coast elk centerfire 1st season
Nov. 19-25: Coast elk centerfire 2nd season


Ca_Vermonster's picture

I agree, there really is no

I agree, there really is no downside.  Especially in this case, where they will require it for upland birds.

I don't know of many upland game birds that flushed early because they saw me wearing my hunter orange. :lol:  Safety is always the number one conccern, and I don't see a single thing wrong with it.

It is funny how you say that old timers will probably complain.  They always do, don't they?  I guess some people just don't like change.

hunter25's picture

Although when states start

Although when states start requiring blaze orange for safety I bet a lot of old timers get upset there is really no downside. I have hunted wearing orange my whole life and have not really seen where it hurts my hunitng experience. The animals just don't see it like we do. Every state I have hunted in except Arizona and Texas it was required. The basics still apply and as long as you watch the wind and tour movement you will be fine. The fact you can wear camo orange will still break up your outline anyway. I bet they only put the requirement on the youth hunters so the older guys wouldn't yell too much about it. Safety should be the number one requirement and the statistics have shown that this can make a huge difference. I know those of us here are experienced and safe hunters but sadly that can not be said of everyone that is out there where we will be. I know I feel safer with it on my head as I'm topping a rise.