Bill would loosen hunter orange requirements

Bill would loosen hunter orange requirements

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering allowing hunters to wear camouflage instead of "hunter orange" if they have certain permits.

Under House Bill 92, centerfire rifle hunters who have a once-in-a-lifetime permit or limited and premium entry permits would not be required to wear hunter orange. Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, says allowing hunters a choice of what to wear could give them a better chance of making a kill.

Sandstrom says wearing only camouflage isn't a safety concern because the permits in his bill allow only a few hunters in large areas at one time.

Hunters in general season deer and elk hunts would still be required to wear hunter orange.

The bill passed on the House floor unanimously Monday and will be debated in the Senate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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