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How much Blaze Orange do we need

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I was just wondering if every time a hunter gets shot will we have to buy more hunter orange to stand out more in the woods. That isn't the problem, it is hunters not thinking before they shoot why people are getting killed out in the wood.

While hunting down in Zaleski I had a ranger stop me and told me if I had my gun in my hand he would have given me a ticket for not having enough hunter orange on but I had on a blaze hat and a full hunting vest that was 75- 80% blaze orange and that was not enough dang, I will have to buy a full blaze coveralls outfit to hunt a animal that has unbelievable sight .

I guess next we will all have to buy a flashing light and siren that mounts on our heads so we will be seen in the woods or neon signs spelling out "HUNTER Not A Deer" one on our chest and one on our backs.

It just make me mad as heck to be forced into something because of others stupidity. :mad:
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I disagree

I'm all for the law as it stands and disagree that it's strictly because of the unethical hunters taking poor shots. I have been out in the woods MANY times prior to the new orange laws where someone had appeared out of no where in the woods in a direction I may have been shooting in and you flat out could not see them. I even had one guy walk up in camo with a green and white hat but he had is orange gloves on so he was legal. Luckily at that point I was dressing my deer but you couldn't seem him at more than 40 yards. Yeah if your one of those guys that has to sit in the woods where you can cover 100 yards in every direction you may see someone moving around but then again you may not if the guy's walking sideways to you and all his orange is on the front and back. If someone is walking through the cover at the fringe of your opening he or she can be downright tough to see with just a vest on. I wear an orange jumpsuit and have very few problems with deer spotting me and I haven't even bothered with the UV suppressing soaps. With slugs whizzing around another 100 yards or so past where your shooting I think safety should be the first concern not the deer. If you can't set-up properly to the point you can't get a shot at your deer with a gun you need to do some more homework on how to pick your stand.
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Identifying not the problem.

Identifying the target is not the only problem. Whats BEHIND the target is equally as important. That's the part I'm getting at. I've been the one behind the target and had lead miss me by let than 20 feet and I had an orange coat.

As for my near miss I had an orange coat, not the full suit. Will full orange stop accidents NO. Will it prevent some? YOU BET! As far as the looking at your surroundings before you shoot, that is the number one rule in hunting. I spend an extremely high amount of time bird hunting and have to be EXTREMELY aware of my surrounding as I hunt the pheasant releases and grouse hunt state land when there are bowhunters out. It seems a bit arrogant to assume that you will see whoever is around wearing an orange vest because you looked. I've been hunting way too many years with people wearing full orange vests and hats in NOVEMBER and not be able to see them 20 yards away when I know they are there. To make the assumption that you will be able to see everyone who is around you "because you looked" when they are not wearing large amounts of orange seems a little irresponsible if not just scary!

And no I don't feel bowhunters should wear orange.
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