Moose at the Moose Droppings Blog has an interesting article posted. In Hunter Orange & Bow Hunting he tells his readers about new legislation that, had it not been caught in time by observant North Carolina hunters, would have forced bow hunters to wear blaze orange during the bow season.
I am sure glad the hunters caught this before it became a law. I have to agree with what Moose had to say; “I personally believe that on private land the use of orange should be left up to the landowner and the hunter. Wearing orange while bow hunting is regulating a non-issue...” In fact, according to the recreational accident statistics, a hunter has more chance of being injured or killed while playing basketball or tennis. Shooting accidents with firearms and bows are less than one percent. With that in mind there is really no need to make a law that would force bow hunters to wear blaze orange during bow hunting season.
Having said that I do wear a blaze orange vest and hat during bow hunting season and spring turkey season on public land on my way to and from stand locations. About nine years ago a man – I refuse to call him a hunter- shot an arrow at me at dawn as I approached my tree stand. Yes, he was sitting in my tree stand. The arrow nicked the side of my neck- it missed so narrowly. His excuse was that he had mistaken me for a deer. The irony of it all was that he had a patch emblazoned on his hat from a well-established hunter education organization.
The lesson I learned from that incident is this: there always will be slobs sharing the woods with us. Never leave a tree stand on public land and in some cases it might be wise to wear blaze orange on public land. (Although I do not think that it would have helped me in that particular encounter.) With that experience under my belt, I still see no need for a law to make blaze orange during bow hunting season a must.
Tags: Bow Hunting, Hunter Safety, Blaze Orange, Moose Droppings, Hunting, Legislation, North Carolina Wildlife Commission, Public Land Hunting