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Ask Fish and Game: Hunter Orange

Q. Am I always supposed to wear hunter orange while hunting?

A. All upland game hunters and upland game bird hunters are required to wear visible hunter orange during pheasant season when hunting the nine Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. The areas are Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Payette River, Montour, Sterling, Market Lake, Mud Lake, Cartier Slough and Niagara Springs. The minimum requirement is 36 square inches of hunter orange above the waist - an orange ball cap fulfills this requirement. Waterfowl and turkey hunters are not required to wear hunter orange. It is recommended, however, that all upland and big game hunters wear hunter orange whenever they are hunting. Though the statewide hunting accident rate is low, more than 70 percent of recorded incidents are caused by hunters mistaking other hunters for game animals.