Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blaze Orange Requirements In North Carolina

Hunting seasons for various game animals have or are about to open in North Carolina. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is running a campaign called Home from the Hunt which reminds hunters of the blaze orange requirements while hunting.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Home From The Hunt safety campaign is reminding hunters of blaze orange requirements (also known as hunter orange, fluorescent orange or 10-mile cloth).

In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap or hat of blaze orange color, or wear an outer garment such as a shirt or game vest in blaze orange that is visible from all sides, when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Hunters also are required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the muzzleloader or gun season.

The campaign also recommends anyone spending time outdoors in areas that see hunting activity to consider wearing blaze orange. 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 signals 'caution' to the viewer," said Travis Casper, assistant hunter education coordinator for North Carolina. "Wearing blaze orange is an important step for safety, because it alerts others to your presence with an instantaneous recognition."

Blaze orange can also be helpful in locating someone lost or injured.

In North Carolina, all first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course, offered free across the state. Go to to consult the online version of the 2011-2012 N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest or call 919-707-0031 for more information.


  1. When I took my hunter's safety class last year the Game Warden (or whatever he's actually called) that was teaching the class told us that when Blaze Orange first started the number of hunting fatalities dropped by half.

    When you consider that most of the people shot when hunting are shot because someone mistook them for a game animal, that "not found in nature" blaze orange stuff seems like a fantastic idea.

  2. @Sean: I agree with you about Blaze Orange. However, I wonder how the fluorescent yellow you see all the time now on highway workers would do. I have a couple of caps that have both the yellow and orange on them. They are quite bright.

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  4. Safety orange should be more encouraged in the US. It was because of concerns for my kids we developed this new orange camo: