As a deer hunter who (by my guesstimate) has hunted many states for whitetails, would you consider the mandatory wearing of blaze orange for big game rifle hunters a hindrance towards hunters? My state of Louisiana does have such, but there are 9 states which do not. I do hunt one of those 9, and the answer I receive from those hunters from that state is that they feel it is a burden and an un-needed requirement. I was hoping to get some input of your thought on this matter.
— Jon Clark, Bossier City, Louisiana
Thanks for the note, Jon. Great question you pose.
I have hunted whitetails in 20 states and 4 Canadian provinces and have found that blaze-orange is not a detriment whatsoever to being seen by a deer. Whitetails, in fact, are essentially color blind in that end of the light spectrum.True, they can view it as one block of color (probably grayish to them), but they do not see it as the gaudy orange like we see it.
The key to not being seen by a deer is whether your garments have been UV treated. UV-treated clothing will glow “blue” in a deer’s eyes, making a hunter more visible (doesn’t matter if the material is camouflaged). So, to answer your question, I wholeheartedly agree with blaze-orange requirements for gun-hunting.
The final analysis? Wear blaze orange. Deer can’t see it, and it makes us all safer.
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