HUNTING — Young hunters in Oregon will stand out a bit more in the crowd in 2011. But just a little bit more.
The new hunter-orange clothing requirement approved in Oregon for youths under 18 that kicks in during this year's fall seasons was a compromise after hunters protested any infringements on their rights to be shot and not seen.
Indeed, the measure was watered down even further in the final wording that requires youths to wear “either” a bright orange upper garment “or” hat while using a firearm to hunt game mammals and upland birds, except turkeys.
The first proposal to make hunter orange clothing mandatory for all hunters originated after a youngster was shot and killed in an accident that could have been prevented if he’d been wearing the fluorescent clothing required of hunters in 40 other states.