Editor’s Note: This article was written by an online student more familiar with Minnesota Hunting Regulations.
Hunting season has either begun or is right around the corner for some students here at the University of Wisconsin Superior, and the goal every year is to have fun, get what you’re hunting for, and most importantly: That we all stay safe. In Carlton County, Minn. blaze pink was just accepted as a color to wear zone has just accepted to wear while hunting. Wisconsin previously recognized blaze pink to wear while out hunting.
In 2015, Wisconsin Act 131 allows the typical hunter to wear bright pink instead of the regular blaze orange. This Act became effective in February 2016. 50% of a hunter’s clothing above the waist needs to be either blaze orange or pink. According to the Wisconsin DNR website, Wisconsin’s Archery season has already started. However, rifle season begins on Nov. 18. Minnesota’s rifle season starts much sooner, being Nov. 4 lasting until Nov. 19, that is according to the Minnesota DNR’s website.
According to the Wisconsin DNR website, hunters are advised to follow the TAB-K procedure of gun safety.
T = Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
A = Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
B = Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
K = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
New this year in Minnesota, a bill recently passed that requires ground fabric blinds to have a blaze orange safety covering on the top of the blind so that other hunters can see your stand. If you plan to hunt this year, no matter where you go, make sure that you know the rules and regulations for your zone. This will help provide a safer and more fun hunting season for 2023.