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Why do hikers continue to hike during hunting season without wearing orange. First day of deer season I had two hikers walk past me and one of them was wearing a brown jacket. In past seasons I've had may of hikers walk past me and most do not wear orange. Some even have camped about 30' from my stand on top of the ridge I hunt on. Don't get me wrong they have a right to be there also as I also hike a lot, but come on, first day fo deer season wearing brown. I at least wear an orange hat when I hike during hunting season.
 

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Not sure maybe it requires common sense....

I know of one guy who walks his dog religously down a trail on game lands. Been doin it for past 18 years, and once the seasons roll around he wears full blaze orange jacket, hat, and even has an orange vest for his dog. He never ventures off the trail. He lives adjacent to the SGL, has often allowed me to park in his driveway and keeps me up to date on all the happenings.
 

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I had never heard of wearing orange before I got interested in hunting, even though we've been winter hiking a bunch. I think people are barely aware hunting goes on sometimes unless they are diehards who are in the woods a lot. Some people try to raise awareness. The parks foundation was trying to get folks to get out the Friday after Thanksgiving on their Facebook page and a nice person took the time to remind everyone to wear orange. I just did the same with a friend who wanted to hike Monday in NY. I think it's an awareness issue - people who are outdoors a lot and people from rural areas will know what to do but regular folks just don't know. They allow hunting in the parks closest to Philly now but I'm sure 99% of the people hiking, running and cycling have never heard of fliurescent orange. They should be wearing something visible anyway in my opinions, for other good reasons, but most don't. I mean, a lot of these people don't even wear visible clothing while running on country roads at night, so I don't expect a lot
. Hunting is very invisible to those who don't want to know about it.
 

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The obvious answer is for their safety during gun hunting season, a hiker should wear orange.
But I'd ask why you see so many hikers not in orange.
Since most hikers use trails, are you hunting too close to trails.
 

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I wear an orange hat will hiking in the fall.
I believe there are signs posted at all the SGL'S, state parks and forests trail parking areas advising hikers that hunters wear fluorescent orange and they should too.

A friend and I did a couple sections of the AT last fall during archery season and this is what we wore.

 

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While I was at a state park last weekend, there was nothing posted about wearing orange. In fact, it was ambiguous because half the land was "posted" which is pretty clear and the other half had signs declaring the "safety zone" in big letters. I understood what it was but if I was unaware of hunting there would have been nothing to alert me - no big signs saying "hunting allowed!" or postings about when the season is. I might have just thought going past the "safety zone" meant I was safe.
 

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WestPhillyFam said:
I had never heard of wearing orange before I got interested in hunting, even though we've been winter hiking a bunch. I think people are barely aware hunting goes on sometimes unless they are diehards who are in the woods a lot. Some people try to raise awareness. The parks foundation was trying to get folks to get out the Friday after Thanksgiving on their Facebook page and a nice person took the time to remind everyone to wear orange. I just did the same with a friend who wanted to hike Monday in NY. I think it's an awareness issue - people who are outdoors a lot and people from rural areas will know what to do but regular folks just don't know. They allow hunting in the parks closest to Philly now but I'm sure 99% of the people hiking, running and cycling have never heard of fliurescent orange. They should be wearing something visible anyway in my opinions, for other good reasons, but most don't. I mean, a lot of these people don't even wear visible clothing while running on country roads at night, so I don't expect a lot
. Hunting is very invisible to those who don't want to know about it.
They don't wear visable clothing? You mean they were nekid? Seriously, FO is the way to go
 

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The obvious answer is for their safety during gun hunting season, a hiker should wear orange.
But I'd ask why you see so many hikers not in orange.
Since most hikers use trails, are you hunting too close to trails.
Yea I do hunt close to trails. In my area there are several trails that are used all the time (AT, Blue trails, logging roads, fire trails). All over the place. It's just one of those things that you have to get used to. Not complaining just can't understand people sometimes.
 

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We got a lot of out of staters in the area too. Maryland and Northern Virginia people. My guess is most do not even know it is a hunting season or are educated enough regarding hunting safety. IMO, if people are educated on the reasons to wear it and safety aspect you would see more people with FO or the daylight green on.
 

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I think like TP said its a lack of education on the reasons from the safety side of it. That being said in a perfect world it (fo) wouldn't be necessary being all hunters should positively identify all targets. Kinda of like why hunters don't want laws or to be mandated to wear a harness when hunting out of a stand.
 

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Wald Jager said:
WestPhillyFam said:
I had never heard of wearing orange before I got interested in hunting, even though we've been winter hiking a bunch. I think people are barely aware hunting goes on sometimes unless they are diehards who are in the woods a lot. Some people try to raise awareness. The parks foundation was trying to get folks to get out the Friday after Thanksgiving on their Facebook page and a nice person took the time to remind everyone to wear orange. I just did the same with a friend who wanted to hike Monday in NY. I think it's an awareness issue - people who are outdoors a lot and people from rural areas will know what to do but regular folks just don't know. They allow hunting in the parks closest to Philly now but I'm sure 99% of the people hiking, running and cycling have never heard of fliurescent orange. They should be wearing something visible anyway in my opinions, for other good reasons, but most don't. I mean, a lot of these people don't even wear visible clothing while running on country roads at night, so I don't expect a lot
. Hunting is very invisible to those who don't want to know about it.
They don't wear visable clothing? You mean they were nekid? Seriously, FO is the way to go
I mean no white, no yellow, no reflective points on their black spandex clothes or shoes, no safety vests, no LED lights. I've seen people running or riding (cycling) on country roads in the mountains with nothing reflective. Well, maybe sometimes nekid, that happens, too
Those are the same people who drive out to rural areas to hike and run with no orange on. Doesn't have to be orange - a yellow safety vest would work, too.
 

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At one time(it was in the book) there was a "buffer" zone requiring you to hunt X amount of feet away from the AT(don't remenber if it covered all established trails or not). I looked for it a few years ago and could'nt find it anymore.
 

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Word must have gotten out. Most hikers I saw second week of rifle season were wearing orange hats.
 

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I had a woman walking past on a logging road this year wearing a white sweat shirt, thought it was a deer at first. Like they say, " can't fix stupid"
 

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I am an avid hiker, in fact I hike more than hunt. I can count on one hand the number of times I have run into hikers who were not wearing a considerable amount of hunter orange during bear or deer seasons. On the other hand though, I have seen any number of mountain bikers who were dressed in any color but ornage. These people not wearing hunter ornage should be given a citation.
 

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I once saw a person wearing black, on a bike, in a snow storm, on state forest land, during bear season. At the speed they were going my first thought was here comes a running bear.
 

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There is some sense of superiority or entitlement that pervades the "biker" community that makes many of them feel that not only do they not need to obey laws and courtesys in SGLs but on the roadways as well. I fraankly dont care how strong a persons leg muscles are or what their lung capacity is they are not impervious to a mistake in identity resulting in an unfortunately placed 30/30 round or the fender of a Chevy.
 

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Hiked the AT after Christmas and met up with 4 other hikers at our shelter. None had orange on. Also did not see any hunters or any track of hunters until on our way out (one set of tracks which was my nephew's).
 

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I should have asked my friend who was just visiting what he thought. He's hiked the PCT, Continental Divide and AT. I never heard his talk about wearing orange.
 
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