I think this is one of the biggest debates in the hunting community..."should the gov't mandate wearing hunter (blaze) orange". I feel most things should be a personal choice in life...the less govt intervention the better. Being a resident of NY, where no blaze orange is required, I personally wear at least a blaze vest and hat when gun hunting, whether its private, public, or my own land. I have never had an incident where I was mistaken for game and/or shot at...in the deer woods...but nonetheless, I wear it. "Better safe than sorry." I firmly believe deer do not see blaze orange...I've had them 20 feet away in a foot of snow...if you dont move and the wind is right, they wont detect you...so thats not part of the debate.
I know I am an ethical hunter, who practices with my firearm and identifies my target and beyond...but I know not everyone carrying a gun in the deer woods is as ethical as me...hell, they may be poaching for all I know and shoot at anything that moves. Its the equivilant to being a good driver with poor road conditions...I know I will be driving safely to get to my destination, but there are idiots on the road, driving like maniacs with no one elses safety on their mind. Well, like hunting, its not me I'm worried about, its those idiots I'm worried about. And I want to do whatever I can to decrease being a statistic, to be around for my family and enjoy hunting for as long as possible.
I know people in general dont like being told what to do. I never wore a seatbelt until it became a law in NYS. I hated it at first, (probably because I was being told what to do)...but contrary to what everyone may think, it saves lives. Well, thats why I wear some blaze orange during gun season. If people can get over the fact that they are being told what they can or cant do and see at as a safety factor that may increase their odds of returning home from hunting with the same amount of holes in their body as when they left to go hunting for the day, the better it will sit with them to just wear it.