Every year you hear about some idiot that fires his gun off in the direction of some movement... My thoughts are that even that idiot will see the orange before he shoots. If there's a firearms or muzzleloader season going on, I'm wearing orange.
Wearing orange looks a hell of a lot less stupid than wearing a coffin.
old hunter, next time you shoot a big bull or buck shoot me the cords. ill come get the antlers for ya and yeah i deff wear orange when hunting a popular area but when packing in i dont. my bro was shot at several years ago while we were working our way up a ridge, he was wearing a thick brown coat. there are some crazy @$$ shooter out there (i wont call them hunters) this year i had a guy yell at me for not wearing orange, he said i was stupid cuz he almost shot at me. i said "i'm the stupid one when your the one that almost shot at something you didnt know what it was? you need to stay off the mountain sir" . goes to show we should wear orange. i think hunter ed copurses need to not be so liberal as to who can pass or not. some sort of comon sence rule of thumb should play into it.
Wearing orange looks a hell of a lot less stupid than wearing a coffin.[/QUOTE]
A family that elk hunts the same area we do had always been notorious for not wearing orange. Well a father and son had wounded a cow and had split up in the timber looking for her. The dad sees brown in the timber and figures it's the cow because it was the only thing in there. Shoots it only to find it is his dead son in a Carhart jacket. Super sad story but highlights the benefit of blaze orange and also knowing what you're shooting. I've never understood how you could do this as you not only need to know, is it not a human, but you need to know, is it an elk, deer (muley or whitetail), moose, bear, stump? is it a bull or a buck? and is it the trophy quality I want? After all this I can't understand stories of incidents like this.
Also, I always put tons of orange on my horse when hunting from horseback. Definitely don't need some idiot shooting my horse. Especially after that idiot shot and tagged a llama a couple of years ago in Montana.
I also really like some blaze orange upland game hunting. Your eye can pick up blaze orange really easily, even when swinging a shotgun.
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You not only have to identify what animal it is, but you have to aim at the kill zone. Nobody could shoot a human if they were doing that. It just goes to show that guys are just shooting at something moving, and hoping it's what they want. Stupid!
Yes and Orange helps to stop some stupid.
I agree, I look better in Orange than a coffin.
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I also have a bigger day pack that covers up too much orange from my vest. I picked up an orange rain cover you can get at sportgoods stores. I break that out particuarly when I am packing game out.
Granted I am not a big fan of orange but I grew up wearing it hunting and I keep it on during the "hero shots" afterwards. Outside of positioning the deer or elk for the picture, I like to capture what it was like during the hunt.