Fluorescent orange requirements for Pennsylvania hunters are simpler and easier to follow than ever. In nearly all seasons orange is required, the requirements are identical. And whenever orange is required, it must be worn at all times while hunting. When not required, the use of orange is strongly recommended, especially while moving.
250 Square Inches
Generally, when orange is required, hunters must wear 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined and it must be visible from 360 degrees. An orange hat and vest satisfies this requirement.
This requirement applies to hunters in:
* Those using archery equipment during deer, bear or elk firearms seasons must comply with these fluorescent orange requirements.
Woodchuck hunters must wear a hat made of solid fluorescent orange that's visible from 360 degrees.
When using a blind or enclosed tree stand during the firearms deer, bear or elk seasons, a minimum of 100 square inches of fluorescent orange material (orange alert band) must be displayed within 15 feet of the blind or stand and visible from 360 degrees. This is in addition to wearing orange while inside. See the turkey section for details on blind use while turkey hunting.
No fluorescent orange is required during archery seasons when hunting for deer, bear or elk, or when hunting waterfowl, doves, turkeys, furbearers* or crows.
In firearms seasons for deer, bear or elk, orange is required, regardless of the sporting arm carried.
Hunters participating in the after-Christmas flintlock muzzleloader season are not required to wear fluorescent orange (See Special Regulations Areas section for additional information).
Even when orange isn’t required, the Game Commission highly recommends the use of orange.
When fluorescent orange is required, the full amount of orange required for that season must be worn while moving from one hour prior to the start of legal hunting hours and for one hour past the closing of legal hunting hours.
It is unlawful to be on State Game Lands from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, including Sundays designated as hunting days, without wearing a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange-colored material on the head, chest and back combined, unless engaged in lawful hunting or trapping that does not require the use of orange.
* Fluorescent orange is required when hunting coyotes during any big game season, if orange is required during that season, including from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
CAMOUFLAGE FLUORESCENT ORANGE
Camouflage fluorescent orange may satisfy orange regulations when 250 square inches of safety material is required if the orange content is at least 250 square inches. When a hat containing 100 square inches of orange is specified, the cap must be solid fluorescent orange.