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.
Illinois hunting regulations state that all firearm deer hunters must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of solid blaze orange clothing on their upper body and head while hunting. Furthermore, all hunters and trappers must follow this regulation during the firearm deer season, regardless of the species they are hunting. Migratory waterfowl hunters are exempt from this requirement. Consult Illinois hunting regulations for more information.
Big Game Hunter
Orange camouflage provides the high visibility and safety of a hunter orange garment while effectively breaking up the outline of the human form. Be sure to check local regulations before going on a hunt!
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.
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.