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What Are the Hunter Orange Requirements?

Find out how much hunter orange you need to legally hunt in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

If you’re doing any kind of firearm hunting, you’ll need to wear hunter orange. Hunter orange, often referred to as blaze orange, is worn so you’re seen by other hunters. The amount of hunter orange you need varies state to state, and even by the type of game you’re hunting. We’ve rounded what you need for Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

What are the Hunter Orange Requirements
When it comes to hunting, you need to be safe. Learn how much hunter orange you need to wear for legal hunting.

Hunter Orange: Wisconsin

During firearm deer hunting season, all Wisconsin hunters (except those hunting waterfowl) have to wear hunter orange above the waste. 50 percent of their above-the-waist clothing must be blaze orange. Camouflage blaze orange is legal, but it’s not as visible as solid blaze orange. Ground blinds are required to have at least 144 square inches of solid blaze orange, visible from all directions. You can easily meet this requirement with a blaze orange safety cap for your blind.

Hunter Orange: Illinois

In Illinois, blaze orange requirements are measured by square inches. For firearm and archery deer hunting, your above-the-waist outer clothing must show at least 400 square inches of solid blaze orange. Blaze orange camo is not accepted. You also have to wear a blaze orange hat or cap in addition to your clothing. If you’re archery turkey hunting during firearm deer hunting, you also have to wear the same amount of blaze orange as deer hunters.

Hunter Orange: Iowa

Iowa’s laws vary, depending on what size and type of animal you’re hunting. Pheasant and small game hunting laws require you wear a hat, cap, vest, jacket, sweatshirt, shirt or coveralls where at least 50 percent is solid blaze orange. For firearm deer hunting, you must wear a solid blaze orange top or coveralls. A hat is not enough. If you’re firearm deer hunting with a blind, it needs at least 144 square inches of blaze orange that’s visible in every direction.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, your safety is important to us. That’s why we carry blaze orange clothes for the entire family. Choose from our wide selection of women’s and men’s hunting clothes. We even have kids’ hunting clothes. You can be dressed for hunting with trusted brands like Gamehide and Scent-Lok. Once you have your hunting clothes, you can get all the hunting equipment you need. Plus, you can pick up your hunting license at your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet.


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