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Wearing hunter, or “blaze,” orange clothing makes it much easier for other hunters to see you and therefore much less likely that they will mistake you for a target!

Hunter wearing hunter orange vest and cap

In Montana, the law requires that all big game hunters and anyone accompanying a hunter must have at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material above the waist visible at all times. That’s 20 x 20 inches, or roughly four times the size of a sheet of paper. It’s a good idea for bird hunters to wear hunter orange as well.

Never do anything that might make someone mistake you for game or that might cover up your hunter orange. For example, make sure your backpack doesn’t cover your orange, don’t carry a deer over your shoulders, and avoid wearing tan, brown, or white clothing.