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Continued: Blaze-orange clothing: It's the law and it saves lives

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 1, 2013 - 11:27 PM

“Everyone was OK with it as long as there was no penalty,” he said. “As long as people are abiding by the law, I don’t see any reason to impose a fine. I’m not in favor of making people criminals.”

During the firearms deer season, of course, even small-game hunters must comply with the stricter blaze orange requirement. For specifics, see Page 31 of the hunting and trapping regs at www.startribune.com/a2502.

 

Doug Smith • doug.smith@startribune.com



 

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  • Small game hunters must wear at least one piece of blaze orange clothing above the waist during the small game season, but the requirement becomes more stringent when small game hunting during the firearms deer season.

  • Since 1994, Minnesota has had a law requiring hunters to wear blaze-orange clothing during the firearms deer season. Two years later, small-game hunters were required to wear at least one piece of blaze-orange clothing above the waist, but there is no penalty for violating the law. “As long as people are abiding by the law, I don’t see any reason to impose a fine,” says Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar.

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