Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
The following is a news release from Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
New rules that require youth to wear hunter orange when hunting take effect August 2, 2011.
As of that date, hunters age 17 and under are required to wear a hunter (fluorescent) orange exterior garment or hat when hunting game mammals or upland game birds (except turkey) with any firearm.
Details of the regulation:
Exterior garment means a shirt, jacket, coat, vest or sweater.
Hat means any head covering (hat, bandana).
The upper garment or hat must be visible in all directions (e.g. 360 degrees of hunter orange).
Hunter orange camouflage patterns are acceptable.
Game mammals are deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn antelope, Rocky Mountain goat, bighorn sheep and western gray squirrel.
Upland birds are forest grouse (blue and ruffed), chukar/Hungarian (gray) partridge, pheasants, quail (California and mountain) and sage grouse.
"Hunt" means to take or attempt to take any wildlife by means involving the use of a weapon.
Archery, turkey and migratory bird hunters are exempt from the hunter orange requirement. (Turkey and waterfowl have excellent eyesight and wearing hunter orange could reduce hunter success.)
The Fish & Wildlife Commission adopted the new rule last year to protect youth hunters from vision-related firearm incidents. Adult hunters are also strongly encouraged to wear hunter orange when in the field.