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Old 10-12-2017, 12:51 PM
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So I recently read on a few different sites that in California it is not “required” that you wear blaze orange or a certain amount of it but it is “recommended” to wear for obvious safety reasons. I was wondering if anyone here has gone without wearing any and had a warden or ranger stop or give you a hassle for not wearing any?
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:56 PM
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As a surveyor, I have worn a lot of orange over the years. As a hunter, I don't remember ever wearing any orange while hunting. I've never been hassled for my clothing. I've only had a CA hunting license since 1977 so, I might not have put in enough time in the field to run into every warden in the state.
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Old 10-12-2017, 1:01 PM
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Been hunting ca since 1964 and no orange.
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well that’s interesting. Thanks for the reply guys. I even called up the ranger station near the area I want to go and they told me I would have to look it up because it’s different in all the states and she wasn’t sure about California’s requirements lol. Good info to have though. I appreciate it
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Old 10-12-2017, 1:11 PM
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I try to during rifle season if hunting public land especially, basically to avoid being shot.
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Nope never worn it while hunting. However I will wear it if I'm packing out an animal. Through a set of horns on your back and go walking through the woods. You just may get shot at.
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Old 10-12-2017, 1:39 PM
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I started hunting in South Dakota, where it is required. Now that I am getting into it here in CA, I do it out of habit.

Especially when hunting upland birds and on public land with other people, I can see the benefit to being more visible to humans with loaded guns who are looking for commotion in the bushes.
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It’s my understanding that deer are color blind. Besides that, they’ll hear you and smell you long before they see you. I wear an orange vest. Always have. Sitting in a tree blind or turkey hunting I can see why you need full camo. Hiking up and down the hills in socal, not so much.
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The only tim I wear orange is when I go to one of these f&g sanctioned special hunt where it is required.
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Old 10-12-2017, 2:34 PM
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Never wore orange in Ca. Been hunting since 1960. I wear a hat in Wy since some article of clothing is required. Did not wear it in Nev when I use to hunt there. Never been hassled.

I do wear camo and it must work real good because both the bucks and I have not seen each other. The bright spot is it works in Africa and for hogs here
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Heck, I don't even wear camo most the time.

Bird hunting at a club, always wear a blaze hat! Not Because it's the law, but because its smart.

Turkey hunting, never

Public land hunting, I'll normally wear a blaze orange hat.


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Heck, I don't even wear camo most the time.

Bird hunting at a club, always wear a blaze hat! Not Because it's the law, but because its smart.

Turkey hunting, never

Public land hunting, I'll normally wear a blaze orange hat.
I was hunting this past weekend with a friend who was insisting that I need to buy camo pants instead of my coyote BDUs. I told him to google how deer's eyes work.

As to the OP, on public land hunting during deer season, a blaze orange hat is a smart choice. Upland bird and small game hunting, not necessary.
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I was hunting this past weekend with a friend who was insisting that I need to buy camo pants instead of my coyote BDUs. I told him to google how deer's eyes work.



As to the OP, on public land hunting during deer season, a blaze orange hat is a smart choice. Upland bird and small game hunting, not necessary.

My "normal" hunting attire
- Wranglers and a button up.
- fishing gear in pack
- lucky UA sweatshirt
- hat

Scent control and approach is way more important than color.



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I started hunting in South Dakota, where it is required. Now that I am getting into it here in CA, I do it out of habit.

Especially when hunting upland birds and on public land with other people, I can see the benefit to being more visible to humans with loaded guns who are looking for commotion in the bushes.
This.

I've had antelope and deer walk right past me within rock throwing distance without spotting me while I was wearing 600+ sq. inches of blaze orange. As long as you're not moving, animals will not notice blaze orange. However, if you're moving, it doesn't matter what color or fashionable camo you're wearing - you'll get busted.
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Old 10-12-2017, 5:13 PM
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Here are hunting accident reports for California by year.

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunter-Education/Stats

Failure to identify target is a common reason.
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Old 10-12-2017, 6:33 PM
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Thanks for the tip about a blaze orange hat. Need to pick one up tomorrow.

I have camo rain gear that keeps me warm when it's wet, but if I knew then what I know now I'd have something different.
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Blaze orange cap when hunting anything. I am hoping the other hunters in the field see that. Got peppered once years ago while upland hunting. Didn't care for that. I do want to be seen by the two legged critters.
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I mainly upland and duck hunt. Basically I pretty much always wear an orange hat and ANSI Z87 rated eye pro.

It’s too easy to wear. It’s pretty hard to live with a gun shot wound or no eye sight.
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I always have something blaze on me. 99% of the time it’s a hat. I feel unsafe with out it, for me it’s like a seat belt.
My t shirts are blaze orange or yellow in case I need to be seen, this way I have something on me.
Have had deer and elk walk towards me with in feet. So I think they are color blind.
You really want to be seen by hunters.
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Old 10-13-2017, 4:50 AM
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i DO NOT wear blaze orange in ca while big game hunting. There are tons of guys walking around with out binoculars. And every time they see something of interest they level their rifle at it and look through the scope. I'm not interested in that . I make a habit of staying out of site of slappys. How ever I do Carry a reflective construction vest to cover my pack if I'm packing out an animal. And I do wear a blaze orange hat while on any pheasant club
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Never even seen a warden except at the checkpoints on opening weekend. I've only talked with the local warden over the phone but never in-person.

During the rifle season, I'll switch my neckerchief/face mask from a green pattern to an orange/grey print pattern. I'll also strap an orange shemagh on my pack. But I don't do camo except for turkey season. Plaids & BDUs for me. Works just as well and I don't freak out all the hikers when I use the trail. Plaids look down-to-earth to hikers. My summer hunting shirt was even bought at REI. Camo gets the stink-eye or, at least, a severe lack of friendly greetings or helpful information.

I will say, however, that although the deer can't see orange, the birds can. And I've had more than one grouse bust me from 60-80 yards away -- sounding the alert to everything within a quarter mile radius. They can be VERY frustrating. So I keep the orange to a minimum. I want just enough to be identifiable as non-natural to other hunters but not so much that I'm a shining beacon to all the critters the deer are listening to.
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I mostly hunt in Wyoming, and wear an orange hat (and my new favorite gloves are orange too).

In CA I'll wear whatever I want, mostly I duck hunt, and don't wear any orange for that.

Last time I went turkey hunting I was in full camo and had someone's rifle round come closer than I'd like (as in *supersonic crack* - *rifle bang*) while I was standing on a slight hill walking back to my camp after turkey time. I've decided to carry and/or wear orange while I'm in CA. For turkeys I'll wear orange while I'm moving and take it off when I set up. I'd rather someone notice orange downrange and potentially not take the shot.

As for what yoteassassin has experienced, I would hope that any hunter is smart enough to realize that you don't point a gun at anything blaze orange. I know that's not the case however... It's a catch 22.

I've never been hassled by a warden about my clothing.
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I have a hat and jacket but haven't worn them in CA. Tonight I'll be going out wearing 8" boots, black/blue levi's, blaze orange t-shirt, camo jacket and booney hat, camo gloves.

I will wear the orange t-shirt IF/when pacing out an animal but not hunting.
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When I am still hunting and know that other hunters are in the woods I'll wear the orange hat. If I am alone, or take a stand, the camo hat comes out.
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I wear blaze orange going to and from, but not during turkey season. Be 1000% sure of your target ID before taking a shot. Lately I've been running into people in isolated areas, even at night away from vehicles, hiking or sex, I don't know, be extra careful.
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