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Hey. You found my secret spot. Looks good, right? We’ve got the whole place to ourselves.

The cameraman hands Haley a binocular.



The cameraman points toward the tree line.


What? What is that?

She looks through the binoculars and sees a man in camouflage.


That’s definitely not a safe way to dress. I can barely see him in there.

The cameraman taps Haley on the shoulder and tugs at the hood of her orange sweatshirt.


What? Oh, you’re right. He should be wearing blaze orange.

On screen: BLAZE ORANGE: Safety Orange. Intense fluorescent orange color with high visibility even in dim light. A graph shows blaze orange’s location on the electromagnetic spectrum of visible light.


Hello! Hunter—over here. Do you have any blaze orange? We can’t see you very well.


Spotting a hunter wearing all camo is hard. Try it yourself with the following clips. You have five seconds for each image.

On screen, five seconds tick by in each of two scenes before an almost-invisible hunter in camouflage reveals himself by putting on a blaze orange shirt and hat. At the end of the third five-second clip, three hunters are revealed.

The hunter Haley spotted puts on his own blaze orange.


There we go. Thank you. We can see you much better now. Safe hunting. Wow. That could have been a really bad situation. He’s lucky we saw him. Well, obviously, we can’t hunt in this direction. So let’s check it out over here.

Haley looks through her binocular.


What? What is going on here?

We see a blaze orange hat and vest against a grassy hill in the distance.


Whoa, that is crazy. Can you tell if that is one person or two? OK, I see what’s going on—there are two people out there, but they don’t have enough blaze orange on. What is the deal? It’s like we’re the blaze orange police today. Hello? Fellas? Do you have any more blaze orange?

One of the hunters adds a blaze orange vest.


Thank you. Safe hunting. OK, so one of the reasons we wear blaze orange is so that other hunters can clearly see us as other hunters. But not all patterns and fabrics are created equal. So how would you dress if you were hunting?



Any old orange shirt? Hat only? Orange vest? Full, bright blaze orange top and hat? Blaze orange camo? A blaze orange blazer?

On screen, a cursor selects the blazer.


Blazer? Really? Well, it may be the most stylish option, but you’re probably better off saving the blazer for after the hunt. Try another one. Now that you’ve made your choice, watch what happens as the hunter goes deeper into the woods.

The screen splits, and we watch all five hunters walk farther into the trees wearing their blaze orange. By a 30-foot distance, the regular orange shirt and orange hat only are almost invisible. At 55 feet, only the blaze orange top and hat selection is still noticeable.


Clearly, a full blaze orange top and hat is the most visible. You made your choice—was this what you picked? Remember, wearing blaze orange is to keep you safe. In fact, many hunting accidents happen when the victim doesn’t have enough blaze orange on. One more thing to note—you might think a blaze orange vest on its own is enough. But take a look at these different orange vests.

On screen, five different orange vests or jackets provide a variety of visibility.


Notice, for instance, the hunter on the far left who’s standing sideways in his vest? Now, how well can you see each of these as they move back into the forest? Once again, you can simply see the more blaze orange you wear, the more visible you are in the forest. OK, so obviously, my secret spot is not such a secret anymore. But wearing blaze orange is going to keep us safe, and it’s going to keep us visible while we find another, less-crowded spot.

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