All hunters must wear blaze orange beginning Nov. 4Pop-up blinds must be outfitted with color, too
Ed. Note: Island resident and hunter Chris Blane called The Block Island Times this week to let us know there have been changes to the rules about wearing fluorescent orange during the hunting season, which begins Monday, Nov. 4. Blane also offered a good bit of advice, fluorescent orange isn’t merely to protect hunters. Any pedestrians that see a hunter wearing the color, or if they see a pop-up blind similarly colored then, for safety’s sake, stay away.
The following is taken from the 2013-2014 Rhode Island Hunting and Trapping Abstract, which is available at Town Hall:
Fluorescent orange safety clothing is required during the hunting season statewide for all hunters. To meet this requirement, safety clothing must be solid daylight fluorescent orange. Fluorescent camouflage does not meet this requirement. The hunter orange must be worn above the waist and be visible in all directions. Examples are: a hat that covers 200 square inches or a combination of hat and vest covering 500 square inches.
1. 200 square inches by small game hunters during small game season.
2. 200 square inches by fall turkey hunters while traveling.
3. 200 square inches by muzzleloader hunters during the muzzle-loading deer season.
4. 200 square inches by archers when traveling to and from stands during the muzzleloader deer season only.
5. 500 square inches by all hunters (including archers) and all users of management areas and undeveloped state parks during all portions of shotgun deer seasons.
6. Hunters using pop-up blinds during the firearms deer season must display 200 square inches of fluorescent orange visible on the outside from the blind from all directions. Hunters must also wear orange in accordance with the rules for the specific seasons while in the blind.