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Top 5 Tips for Safe Hunting

Tip 3: Wear Hunter Orange

Orange vests, jackets and hats can help other hunters identify you without giving away your position to game.
Orange vests, jackets and hats can help other hunters identify you without giving away your position to game.
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One thing you should always keep in mind whe­n you go hunting is that you may not be the only hunter out there. You want to make sure you're visible and identifiable as a human being. To that end, you should always wear blaze orange -- also known as hunter orange. Ideally, you should wear an orange vest or jacket as well as a hat. This will help prevent other hunters from mistaking you for game.

A newsletter by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) listed statistics from a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) report about hunting injuries suffered from 1989 to 1995. Out of all the injury reports that involved two or more hunters, 76 percent of the incidents involved people who were not wearing hunter orange at the time. The report listed 259 accidents in which the injured hunter wasn't wearing hunter orange. In 125 of those cases, the DEC reported the accident was a result of one hunter mistaking another for game [source: CDC].

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Another good tip is to carry a flashlight with you when you go hunting. If you hunt into the evening hours, a flashlight can help identify you as a human being.

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