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Is blaze orange required for muzzleloader season

11/29/20 @ 8:43 PM
User since 5/28/08

Pretty easy question, but I couldn't find a direct answer...

Do I need to wear Blaze Orange during muzzleloader season?


12/2/20 @ 7:50 AM
User since 6/24/01

I always thought that also about some camo being too dark. I think the ASAT was a good idea with the lighter background. Lots of times they make a pattern to look so cool right in front of you but step back 25 yards and it looks like a dark blob.

12/2/20 @ 6:16 AM
User since 4/17/07

Some of these camo patterns are so dark that I think it makes you stick out more than wearing blaze orange. A dark blob with a light backdrop is much worse than a grey blob. 

12/1/20 @ 9:57 AM
User since 7/20/09

I agree, I always say its about the movement more than anything.  In fact the buck I shot this gun season walked past me at 15 yards.  I was only 12' up and had no cover around me, dressed head to toe in orange.  So close I could hear it sniffing the air as it walked.  It had no clue...has happened many times.  Can't think of one time a deer looked at me when in orange.

12/1/20 @ 8:19 AM
User since 2/28/13

Through studies it was reported that because a deer's vision and color perception is much different then a humans, blaze orange appears to a deer as a gray tone.  So Blaze orange should not have any negative effect with hunting deer. If I remember correctly, the studies did report that Blue colors, like blue jeans, have a high visual effect on deer.  

12/1/20 @ 8:03 AM
User since 7/20/09

I don't think wardens can just wander onto your land anymore without a reason to check you.  I guess if they saw you in camo during a firearm season, that would give them that reason.

That's why they make reversible clothes.  Orange vest/hat for walking to and from the stand, camo for in the stand lol.  

Now if you want to find a time where most are not wearing orange, its probably the Disability gun hunt.  That starts 5 days prior to the Youth Hunt in October.  Never heard anyone discuss it, but per the regs you should have orange on.

11/30/20 @ 7:09 PM
User since 5/28/08

Thanks for the clarification of blaze during firearm season while bowhunting. I hope I didn't offend, figured you were joking and were talking about regular bow hunting season. Thanks for the responses. 

Now, how do I fit a 30-06 shell through a breech plug?


11/30/20 @ 4:07 PM
User since 4/30/15

You would also think ANYONE hunting could tell an elk or moose from a deer, but apparently not, so you make the call...

11/30/20 @ 2:50 PM
User since 8/24/07

That's where the you do you comes in lol.   So unless you have a cranky neighbor who knows where you sit and that you aren't wearing orange, honestly, who's going to know?  Not a big deal in my opinion by any means, but it's in the regs. And certainly one you'd think could be a private land exception. Maybe if it's brought to the hearings it can get amended. 

11/30/20 @ 1:37 PM
MEMBER since 6/22/01

Sorry I wasn't clear with my response of even if you're bow hunting.  I had meant to specify that if you're bow hunting during one of the firearm seasons then you must wear orange.  I understand this rule while on public hunting grounds, but if you're hunting your own private land I think it's overkill, unless you're tracking a deer onto another property, but bow hunting...while in a tree....on your own land....that'd be quite a shot to have shot me in my own tree stand from somewhere, aren't the deer on the ground?

11/30/20 @ 12:56 PM
User since 8/24/07

Pretty sure you should read the regs.  You're required to be wearing orange during any firearms deer seasons if archery/cross bow hunting. Now...this is where you do you comes in. 

Oh, and during the statewide antlerless and holiday hunts, even if you're using bow/cross bow, you're only allowed an antlerless deer.  

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