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Fluorescent Orange Requirements & Exemptions

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Fluorescent Color Clothing Requirements and Exceptions

Daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink clothing promotes hunter safety because it is easy for other hunters to see outdoors. Except as noted in the exemptions below, a daylight fluorescent color 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 color clothing when hunting.

Whenever hunting, both hunters and companions must wear either:

  • a cap of solid daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink 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 daylight fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink color worn as an outer garment at all times; or
  • an outer garment of camouflage daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink worn above the waist which contains at least 50 percent daylight fluorescent color.

Persons required to wear fluorescent color clothing 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 daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink color or a panel, band, strip, or garment containing at least 250 square inches (approximately 16 inches by 16 inches) of solid daylight fluorescent orange or daylight fluorescent pink color.

Be aware that:

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

Those exempt from the requirement of wearing fluorescent color clothing are:

  • except as noted above, a person who hunts deer during the Deer Archery Season.
  • 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