I came across a news release from the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission explaining that they plan to make blaze orange a mandatory requirement. The commission claims that its aim is to make hunting safer and prevent accidental shooting of hunters.
Oregon hunters see black and white about blaze orange. “There is a lot of passion associated with (the hunter orange issue),’’ said Richard Hargrave, information and education division deputy administrator for the ODFW. Most hunters are either for wearing blaze orange while others are dead against it. The anti blaze orange group poits out that:
- Hunting is already a safe sport and I can’t argue with that. Numerous studies and recreational accident statistics show time and again that it is more likely to get hurt or killed jogging or bike riding. Heck, according to statistics hunting is safer than playing baseball.
- The Oregon Hunter Association says that the vast majority of hunters in that state don’t want to be told what to wear and I can clearly see where they are coming from, especially if this blaze orange law is just cosmetics to please some special interest groups.
How do you feel about wearing mandatory hunter orange? Do you think that this is a good idea or should be voluntary?
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