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Wearing blaze orange required of hunters during gun seasons

RALEIGH – Through its Home From The Hunt safety campaign, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that wearing blaze orange, also known as hunter orange, is required when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm.

Hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment in blaze orange that is visible from all sides. Anyone hunting deer during a deer firearms season, regardless of method, must wear blaze orange.

“Blaze orange isn’t a color found in nature, so it is instantly recognizable as a human presence and signals caution to the viewer,” said Carissa Shelton, the Commission’s western outreach manager. “Going a step farther, in low-light conditions hunters should consider using a flashlight when changing locations.”

The Home From The Hunt campaign further recommends that everyone wear blaze orange when outdoors in areas shared with hunters. Blaze orange clothing stands out against an outdoor background and studies have proven it increases visibility of the wearer in low-light situations. Blaze orange also can be helpful in locating someone lost or injured.

For more information on hunting seasons, Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits and the Hunter Education Program, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.

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