Orange required for small game too!

rabbit hunters

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) - You may be a specialist who hunts only squirrels. Or maybe just rabbits. Still, you need to have a hunter orange cap and vest available at certain times.

The requirement statewide in Arkansas is hunter orange, hunter chartreuse or blaze orange must be worn by all hunters, except those going after migratory birds, and during firearms seasons for deer, bear and elk. Firearms include modern guns and muzzleloaders.

Squirrel hunters typically dress in camouflage while trying to slip up on sharp-eyed fox or gray squirrels. This often takes place in the same areas where others are hunting for deer or bear, or in the limited northern Arkansas area of elk hunting.

Rabbit hunters rely less on camouflage but often wear camo clothes because they are available. Safety experts recommend some orange clothing for rabbit and quail hunting, two activities where hunters tend to be close together and where the action often means quick movements to get off shots.

Hunter orange, however, isn't feasible for persons hunting ducks and geese. These are migratory birds, and they usually are in areas where deer and other big game are not found.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission suggests that small game hunters check the 2010-11 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook for dates of seasons requiring hunter orange clothing.