- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is encouraging hunters to wear fluorescent orange.

Department Hunter Education Coordinator Chris Saunders says that in the past ten years almost half of the state’s hunting-related shootings might have been prevented with hunter orange.

He says concerns that deer are scared by hunter orange are unfounded.

Saunders says that two of the three most common causes of hunting-related shootings are hunters moving into the line of fire of other hunters and mistaking other hunters for game.

Both involve visibility problems and they underscore the need for hunters to be seen, especially during the firearms deer season.

This year’s rifle deer season runs from Nov. 15-30.

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