Alabama Hunter Safety Course


What to Wear in a Hunting Area

Although camouflage is an essential part to hunting, Hunter, or Blaze Orange is usually ALWAYS required when hunting medium to large size game animals. Since fluorescent orange is not present in the natural world it is an excellent safety measure. It is clearly visible in both bright sunlight and in poor lighting conditions. When hunting big game or upland birds (Quail, Partridge, etc.) make sure there is Blaze Orange coverage on your front, back, both sides and head when you are in the field. When hunting waterfowl and turkey, only wear hunter orange when going to, and coming from your hunting location. Be sure to check local regulations for Hunter Orange requirements.

All hunters during gun deer season must wear a vest or cap with at least 144 square inches of solid Blaze Orange, visible from all sides. Deer hunters in tree stands elevated more than 12 feet from the ground need not wear Hunter Orange, except when traveling to and from tree stands.

In addition to knowing what to wear to make oneself visible, it is also important for hunters to know what NOT to wear. Although infrequent, it is possible for a person to be mistakenly identified as a game animal, by an overanxious and unsafe hunter. Hunters can protect themselves by ensuring not to wear colors which will be mistaken for game. For example, turkey hunters should never wear blue, red, black or white. Deer hunters, on the other hand, should avoid wearing brown and white.

Big Game Hunter

Solid blaze or hunter orange is the safest color to wear while big game hunting.  Fluorescent orange is not found in the natural world and is not seen by deer, and allows other hunters to see you from far away.


Upland Bird Hunter

Often hunting in fields and in groups, hunter orange is necessary to indicate your presence and where others are located. Chaps will help protect your legs when walking through thick brush.


Turkey Hunter

Both turkeys and waterfowl have great eyesight. The smallest movement can spook them. Facemasks are often used to cover any bare skin. Use a camouflage that blends with the habitat where you are hunting.