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Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« on: April 13, 2024, 10:03:26 AM »
I might have missed where this was previously discussed but it looks like thereís a new requirement requiring hunter orange or pink while hunting bears with a rifle at any time.

I donít understand why they didnít make it apply to all hunting weapon choices. Holding a bow doesnít make you more safe from getting shot then if your holding a rifle..
« Last Edit: April 13, 2024, 10:11:12 AM by dilleytech »

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2024, 10:13:53 AM »
Strictly so enforcement can generate more revenue by writing tickets. If it were a safety issue youíd think youíd see enforcement agents leading by example, and wearing orange or pink. But no. Have you ever seen an enforcement agent wearing hunter orange? Ever?

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2024, 10:25:12 AM »
I don't think it has anything to do with safety. A couple of those commissioners would probably actually prefer a hunter to get shot instead of a bear. It's simply something they did because they don't like people hunting bears. Just a little thing to make our lives harder. Totally unnecessary. Kind of like the new requirement to turn in a certain tooth on any bobcat harvested.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2024, 10:32:14 AM »
I don't think it has anything to do with safety. A couple of those commissioners would probably actually prefer a hunter to get shot instead of a bear. It's simply something they did because they don't like people hunting bears. Just a little thing to make our lives harder. Totally unnecessary. Kind of like the new requirement to turn in a certain tooth on any bobcat harvested.

Iím sure youíre 100% correct on that. Whatever way they can to try to reduce bear harvest. They arenít smart enough to know it doesnít make sense. They probably think safety orange is used to make hunting harder not safer.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2024, 10:46:00 AM »
I also noted you have 5 days a
Free harvest to send in a tooth. ( or December 31 which I donít get).
I didnít research it but, I think it was 10 days last year. ( course I could be mixing it up with ID regs)If the reporting period is shortened by half, another way to write tickets.
Also next season I will send in any teeth return receipt. Cost money but, cya.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2024, 11:01:43 AM »
I also noted you have 5 days a
Free harvest to send in a tooth. ( or December 31 which I donít get).
I didnít research it but, I think it was 10 days last year. ( course I could be mixing it up with ID regs)If the reporting period is shortened by half, another way to write tickets.
Also next season I will send in any teeth return receipt. Cost money but, cya.

Most people donít send in teeth and I havenít heard of it being enforced. Yet.. these kind of things just discourage reporting bear harvest in general.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2024, 11:29:38 AM »
Is this a confirmed legal change? If it's real it has nothing to do with safety. In my opinion it's about optics..  for 2 weeks out of the year people get spooked seeing hunter orange.. I'm not rhe biggest camo guy, so people don't really look twice at me, now slap hunter orange on, in augest at a trail head, eyes will turn and questions will be asked.. they will now question there safety about not wearing it. ( multiple times I've given my extra orange to mushroom pickers in late October western wa, as they were rightly concerned with all the guys with rifles and orange at the gates).. I will have to look at the penalty, but if it's just a fine I would never wear it. It's like a stigma they want to portray, I feel they want you walking past people on a trail who otherwise would be clue less. To immediately recognize your trying to kill animals.. nothing good comes from this

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2024, 11:32:45 AM »
Yes it's in the new 2024 hunting regulations:


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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2024, 12:22:29 PM »
Hard to prove your bear hunting. Wheres the line drawn just because I have a rifle in my truck or a rifle in a scabbard on a mule during bear season Iím bear hunting ?
You gonna draw those pistols or whistle Dixie?

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2024, 12:31:01 PM »
Hard to prove your bear hunting. Wheres the line drawn just because I have a rifle in my truck or a rifle in a scabbard on a mule during bear season Iím bear hunting ?

If youíre walking around with a rifle and a bear tag in your pocket. Youíre bear hunting. Same goes if your sitting in a stand over a pile of bait with a bear tag in your pocket.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2024, 12:40:43 PM »
Hard to prove your bear hunting. Wheres the line drawn just because I have a rifle in my truck or a rifle in a scabbard on a mule during bear season Iím bear hunting ?

If youíre walking around with a rifle and a bear tag in your pocket. Youíre bear hunting. Same goes if your sitting in a stand over a pile of bait with a bear tag in your pocket.

Not really. My tags are with me 100% of the time, because they stay in my wallet year around. I'm only bear hunting if I tell the game warden I'm bear hunting, or if I shoot a bear.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2024, 12:50:10 PM »
Huntinís over soon as you shoot a bear.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2024, 12:58:29 PM »
Hard to prove your bear hunting. Wheres the line drawn just because I have a rifle in my truck or a rifle in a scabbard on a mule during bear season Iím bear hunting ?

If youíre walking around with a rifle and a bear tag in your pocket. Youíre bear hunting. Same goes if your sitting in a stand over a pile of bait with a bear tag in your pocket.

Not really. My tags are with me 100% of the time, because they stay in my wallet year around. I'm only bear hunting if I tell the game warden I'm bear hunting, or if I shoot a bear.

You can have that opinion. But the game warden can disagree with you.

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2024, 01:09:29 PM »
Then my bear tag stays in my sock and I am always coyote hunting. Heís got no reason to strip search me because Iím out Coyote Hunting. If I shoot a bear then the orange will come out of my pack, the tag will fall out of my sock and I am now a bear hunter following all their new stupid pointless rules designed for nothing other than generating funds

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Re: Hunter orange for rifle bear hunting
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2024, 01:16:19 PM »
We already wear orange so new rule is irrelevant for us. We wear it in Idaho where it isn't required as well. Imo, it's just a good idea in general :twocents:
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