HUNTING — Washington’s main deer hunting season opens Saturday, three days after Idaho hunters got the head start.
You can tell the difference between hunters from the two states. Washington hunters must wear fluorescent orange clothing during the modern rifle big-game seasons. Most Idaho hunters wear camouflage.
Growing up in Montana, where blaze-orange clothing has been required since I started hunting as a grade-schooler, I’m comfortable being highly visible to other hunters while being nearly invisible to big game.
Orange camo clothing is highly efficient. I’ve verified that during plenty of close encounters with unwitting deer and elk.
The first lesson my dad gave me is still the best and most basic advice for getting close to big-game, and it works regardless of whether you’re wearing blaze orange:
A hunter should be seen and not heard – and always strive to be still and downwind.