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    I will wear it on pack out for sure (even during archery season) and likely if not in immediate pursuit of game.

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    I tend to hunt near the Pacific Crest Trail and I see a lot of hikers. I would say about half will wear orange when they realize it is deer season. Most are friendly but occasionally I will get the person who doesn't think I should be allowed to hunt near a trail system. The Pacific Crest Trail goes from Mexico to Canada so that would be a large area.
    I don't really hunt that close to the actual trail but I do use it to access some areas occasionally. Most hikers are gone by October.

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    Even if it's not required I usually wear an orange hat, turkey/waterfowl would be the exception. I'm amazed by the number of people I see each year not wearing orange when it's required. Here in PA you have to wear a vest and hat during big game seasons, I've watched guys putting on drives through thick brush and they don't have any orange on. They must really trust the guys they hunt with.

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    I wore head to toe camo in Idaho before it was the in thing to do. I have gotten kind of paranoid over the years so now I wear at least a blaze camo hat even though it isn’t required. I often have a Kifaru Late Season on my back - the one with the fleece covers - and I always have the blaze side out on the lid cover during any firearms season.

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    A couple issues back in the International Hunters Education Association (IHEA) magazine there was a story about a longtime hunters ed instructor hunting Sitka black tailed deer and how he got tunnel vision and mistakes his partner for a deer. Luckily no one was killed or seriously injured.

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    In Ca. where I hunt bear season is open during deer season. Bears vary in color a lot. I think it is more likely to be mistaken for a bear around here than a buck. With my orange I hope that I won't be mistaken for any game animal.

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    During firearm season, even if not required, I would wear an orange hat, and if I were packing out an animal I would put on as much orange as I could come up with, maybe keep on of those cheap orange vests in your pack for the pack out.
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    In Az. not required so no.But do carry in my pack for carrying out animals./emergency siuations

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    In Oklahoma, orange is required during gun season regardless of method being used. I wear an orange hat when I hunt in New Mexico especially when I am walking/stalking. I have been hunting private land but it is surrounded by Wilderness area and we occasionally get some walk through traffic.

    I have on one occasion had a hunter walk within bow range during mule deer season in New Mexico. What's the proper etiquette for announcing one's presence in that situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rzrbck918 View Post
    In Oklahoma, orange is required during gun season regardless of method being used. I wear an orange hat when I hunt in New Mexico especially when I am walking/stalking. I have been hunting private land but it is surrounded by Wilderness area and we occasionally get some walk through traffic.

    I have on one occasion had a hunter walk within bow range during mule deer season in New Mexico. What's the proper etiquette for announcing one's presence in that situation?
    If you think your life is in jeopardy because of an accidental shot I personally don't think there is proper etiquette. Just make sure they know you are there by whatever means neccessary.

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    I wear orange anytime I'm outside and near anything resembling big game habitat during firearms season.

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    Hunting here where I live without orange is like playing Russian roulette it's a very good way to get shot.. The only hunting accidents involving rifles that I am familiar with near me all involved hunters not using hunters orange..

    Our local hunter safety instructors and co's all will tell you it is the number 1 things you can do to stop hunting accidents involving firearms.. I personally have a very good friend whose brother shot the oldest brother in the family because of this very reason.. He shot through a doe into his brother because he did not see him downrange when he shot.. My father found the boys after the incident when he heard the cries of the one who had done the shooting... This happened right behind our family's farm where I grew up and live today...
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    Yep. Hat during archery season at the minimum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbydean View Post
    It depends on the area. War zone with a buttload of hunters wearing orange is a must. Hunting a remote area without the army of hunters I do not!
    What bobbydean says

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    Wisconsin gun season, yes without question. Wyoming/Colorado etc... would be dependent on situation and amount of other hunters around. Probably would skip if fairly often based on my experiences out west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treeshark View Post
    Wisconsin gun season, yes without question. Wyoming/Colorado etc... would be dependent on situation and amount of other hunters around. Probably would skip if fairly often based on my experiences out west.
    The two states you mentioned both require it. Wyoming allows as little as an orange hat and that's all I have ever worn out there to comply. CO requires a hat and clothing of at least 500 square inches the last I looked at their requirement.
    Last edited by Topgun 30-06; 08-19-2018 at 03:58 PM. Reason: add on

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    In PA and MD where I do most of my hunting it is required for all centerfire hunting. In muzzloader I typically wear a hat although not required, in archery I started wearing orange on my backpack when walking in and out when they started allowing crossbows. Nothing against Xbows just met too many guys obsessed with how much better they shoot in low light. Still planning my first western hunt but I think if none is required I would start with a hat and orange on my pack and adjust from there.

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    Gun season it is obviously required in WI. I've had just as many close encounters with deer wearing blaze orange than with my full camo worn during bow hunting seasons. I also wear an orange vest and cap when upland bird hunting

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    In archery season and on private land if I have the option not to wear it I dont. For instance in NC as a landowner, I dont have to wear orange when hunting my own property even during rifle season. However it still depends on who I have with me. If I'm taking one of my boys or someone new to hunting then I'll look like an Orange Kool-Aid coming through the wall for those who remember those commercials.

    Same if I'm on public land during any rifle season. I just dont trust other hunters that I dont know. A lot of people around here have that "if its brown its down" mentality and its so thick vegetation wise that it can end poorly which it has several times over the years. You would hope that people would properly identify their targets before shooting but I can think of two instances off the top of my head where people have been shot while out running.

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