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Fluorescent Orange Clothing Requirements & Exemptions

Fluorescent orange (hunter orange) clothing promotes hunter safety because it is easy for other hunters to see outdoors. Except as noted in the exemptions below, a fluorescent orange outer garment or hat must be worn by all people who hunt any wildlife or accompany, aid, or assist a hunter in a field, marsh, wooded area, or on the water. Even those who are exempt from this requirement are encouraged to wear fluorescent orange when hunting.

Whenever hunting, both hunters and companions must wear either:

  • a cap of solid fluorescent orange color worn as an outer garment on the head at all times;
  • a vest or jacket containing back and front panels of at least 250 square inches of solid fluorescent orange color worn as an outer garment at all times; or
  • an outer garment of camouflage fluorescent orange worn above the waist which contains at least 50% fluorescent orange color.
  • an outer garment of camouflage fluorescent orange worn above the waist which contains at least 50% fluorescent orange color.

Persons required to wear fluorescent orange that hunt from a ground blind that has four sides, a top, and is placed 4 feet or less above the ground must display, on or within 25 feet of the blind, a cap of solid fluorescent orange color or a panel, band, strip, or garment containing at least 250 square inches (approximately 16” x 16”) of solid fluorescent orange color.

Be aware that:

  • Children and spouses of property owners (hunting on the owned property) are required to wear fluorescent orange.
  • Those who hunt with archery equipment during the Junior Deer Hunting Days, Deer Firearms and Deer Muzzleloader Seasons are required to wear fluorescent orange.
  • Deer archery hunters hunting in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties during the open black bear season are required to wear fluorescent orange.

Those exempt from the requirement of wearing fluorescent orange are:

  • except as noted above, a person who hunts deer during the Deer Archery Season.
  • property owners who hunt any wildlife on their own property with or without a hunting license.
  • a person authorized by a Falconry Permit who hunts game birds or mammals using falcons, hawks or owls.
  • a person who hunts or accompanies, aids, or assists another person hunting the following species:
    • brant
    • coot
    • crow
    • dove
    • ducks
    • furbearing mammals
    • geese
    • rails
    • snipe
    • wild turkey

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