Blaze orange caps crucial to safe hunting

Wisconsin’s conservation wardens again remind hunters of a 1980 Wisconsin law that recognized the importance of wearing the color synonymous with safety – blaze orange.

The law states if you opt to wear a hat during your hunting, it must be 50-percent blaze orange. Wardens sometimes come upon hunters not wearing the appropriate cap, and in some cases colors simply fade over the years.

Wardens will have several blaze-orange knit hats to distribute as an outreach and education effort to hunters in the field during the 2014 gun deer season. The hats are embroidered with the phrase, “Hunt Safe in Wisconsin.” Blaze orange clothing for hunters is cited as one of the reasons Wisconsin’s hunting incidents have declined.

The state’s nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 30.

For more information regarding safe hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “safety tips.”


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