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Blaze orange required for most small game hunting

Blaze orange is required for most small game hunting, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Blaze orange is the most easily seen and recognized color against a natural background, according to Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Division Education Program coordinator.

"From the standpoint of hunter safety, the wearing of this high-visibility clothing while small game hunting in heavy cover, such as for grouse and pheasant, is a great communications tool," Hammer said.

"Blaze orange clothing is a tremendous aid in helping hunters maintain visual contact with one another, particularly when moving through dense cover or woods," Hammer said. "Any hunter who has ever identified someone strictly by seeing an orange patch knows its value in keeping track of other hunters in the field."

Minnesota's small game season gets underway Sept. 19.