There are five different options under the proposed hunter orange rule currently being considered by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. They range from maintaining the status quo of no hunter orange requirement to a mandate for all firearms hunters other than those pursuing turkey and waterfowl. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a Hunter Orange Report (HOR) to the Commission http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/safety/docs/Draft_Hunter_Orange_Commission_Report.pdf that contains creative statistics in support of a mandate. Even in this era of ever-expanding government mandates, the decision to wear hunter orange should be left up to the individual, not the state.
The HOR highlights the fact that only 19 percent of vision-related shooting incidents reported over a twenty year period in
To their credit, the HOR authors recognize that Oregon is already a safe state for hunters even when compared to states like Washington that have imposed a hunter orange mandate.
Please plan to attend a meeting on Monday, May 10th, and make your voice heard! The meeting is 7-9 p.m. at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE. Salem, OR 97303.
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