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What Are the Hunter Orange Requirements?

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

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 or fluorescent pink. Camoflauge blaze orange is also legal to wear as long as 50 percent of the clothing is 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 deer hunting, your above-the-waist outer clothing must show at least 400 square inches of solid blaze orange. Blaze orange camouflage is not accepted. You also have to wear a blaze orange hat or cap in addition to your clothing. It is unlawful to use or occupy a ground blind during any firearm season on Illinois owned or managed DNR land unless at least 400 square inches of blaze orange, or blaze pink, material is securely attached to the uppermost portion of the blind. When archery deer hunting or turkey hunting during a firearm season, you must also wear the same amount of blaze orange as deer hunters. Also, upland game hunters must wear a blaze orange hat when hunting.

Hunter Orange: Michigan

All firearm hunters, in the state of Michigan, are required to wear blaze orange clothing that is visible from all sides when they are hunting on any land during daylight hours. Examples of acceptable blaze orange garments include hats, caps, vests, jackets, rain-wear, or other outer garments. Camouflage hunter orange is legal providing that at least 50 percent of the surface area is solid hunter orange. Exceptions to the hunter orange requirement include waterfowl, crow, dove, and wild turkey hunters, as well as bow deer hunters during the open archery season.

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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