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    You are still required by law.
    But I wonder why so many people don't want to wear orange. Personally I think it's important not to get shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Boiler View Post
    My area it’s shotgun, muzzleloader and bow now. Still hunting with bow but will do a weekend with the 30/30.
    On my land although I shouldn’t feel the need to wear orange I will. There’s always the chance some other hunter is in the area that doesn’t know or respect property lines.


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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite View Post
    You are still required by law.
    But I wonder why so many people don't want to wear orange. Personally I think it's important not to get shot.
    More to the point is that you shouldn't have to worry about getting shot.

    If all hunters would pay attention to a few simple rules and you knew everyone would follow them there would be no need for orange.

    I have never had a bullet, arrow or shot magically go flying toward someone or something in the woods that was not intended quarry, nor have I witnessed a moose, deer or bear walking around in mossy oak camo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Boiler View Post
    My area it’s shotgun, muzzleloader and bow now. Still hunting with bow but will do a weekend with the 30/30.
    On my land although I shouldn’t feel the need to wear orange I will. There’s always the chance some other hunter is in the area that doesn’t know or respect property lines.


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    It does not matter if you are on your own land or not, $300 fine and they can come on your property.

    That is like saying that it does not matter, it is my land, I don't need to buy a license, or I don't need to worry about tags, or seasons don't matter.

    The laws are there for safety, wear your damn orange and do not become a statistic.

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    I don't think it would be safe not to wear orange even if everyone followed all the rules. You have someone all camo up standing or sitting by a tree 150yds from you and a deer walks past you at 50yds. You pull up, you will not see the guy in camo, but you would see him in orange. Had this happen to me many years ago. Friend was pushing a small area of bush still hunting really, towards me. I big Doe stands up 30yds in front of me. I pull up to take shot, there is my buddy that I hadn't seen or heard yet, doing the same thing. We both drop our guns down and move to the left out of the line of fire. Pull up again as deer still there. Turns out my buddy did the same thing and we see each other again. If we were not wearing orange, we would not have seen the other person I don't believe. Orange is a good thing, even on your own property. I have told the land owner where I hunt and his neighbor that they should never go in the bush without at least an orange hat when they go for a walk. They are not hunts and know one but me has permission to hunt. That doesn't mean there isn't some trespassing or on the next property lining up a shot with them in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite View Post
    You are still required by law.
    But I wonder why so many people don't want to wear orange. Personally I think it's important not to get shot.
    True.
    What my comment was reflecting is the feeling some may have. “I’m on my land so I’ll do what I want...” Somedays I feel that way however in the spirit of the law and for safety sake I wear orange for those periods of rifle, shotgun and ML season. My wife although not a hunter, wears orange during this period too when walking the dog or wandering around the property during that same time. In her words, “Its just common sense...”


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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite View Post
    But I wonder why so many people don't want to wear orange.
    Likely for the same reason people don't want to use seat belts or motorcycle helmets. People hate to be dictated to by the "nanny staters". Some also make the case that hunters are being discriminated against simply because of an activity they choose to be involved in,much like the yellow stars Jews were made to wear during the Holocaust.I've had people tell me that the prime reason for hunter orange was to single out hunters,specifically, for harassment by law enforcement I'll bet we could fill an entire separate thread with this one.

    I'd like to stick around for this one,but,I gotta go. Meeting the gang for breakfast and doing a PM hunt until suppertime. Catch you later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trimmer21 View Post
    It's important to note that hunter orange must NEVER be removed during the open season for Deer,Moose or Elk even when hunting Black Bear from a stand. The new set fines are $350,an increase of more than double.
    yep - thank you. i should have been more clear.
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    Some great information about orange and some really good points!

    Thanks for that guys, it was not the intention of the post but very happy it went that way.

    I have never hunted during rifle season for deer but I may this year and glad these points came up. I am guilty of taking my orange off in the tree stand during moose season while I now hunt deer. That won’t happen again, even though I hunt private land where no one is moose hunting.

    though I am now unclear about bear season orange?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaHayes View Post
    Some great information about orange and some really good points!

    Thanks for that guys, it was not the intention of the post but very happy it went that way.

    I have never hunted during rifle season for deer but I may this year and glad these points came up. I am guilty of taking my orange off in the tree stand during moose season while I now hunt deer. That won’t happen again, even though I hunt private land where no one is moose hunting.

    though I am now unclear about bear season orange?
    That's not something you want to admit to on a public forum as it's illegal to hunt without it on. Ungulates only see orange as a shade of grey anyway so it's not a big deal. Bear eyesight is different, they can differentiate colors quite well. Therefore with bear hunting for safety sake you still need your blaze orange on while you are on the ground but once you are up in a treestand you can remove it if there is no other rifle season open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    It does not matter if you are on your own land or not, $300 fine and they can come on your property.

    That is like saying that it does not matter, it is my land, I don't need to buy a license, or I don't need to worry about tags, or seasons don't matter.

    The laws are there for safety, wear your damn orange and do not become a statistic.
    Funny though, Alberta does not require blaze orange and they don't seem to have a safety issue with it.

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