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November 13, 1996

Hunting-Associated Injuries and Wearing "Hunter" Orange Clothing—New York, 1989-1995

JAMA. 1996;276(18):1462-1464. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540180016008

MMWR. 1996;45:884-887 1 table omitted  "HUNTER" ORANGE (i.e., fluorescent or international orange) is worn by hunters to increase their visibility and to reduce their potential for being mistaken for game. Although education courses for hunters promote the use of hunter orange, hunters in New York are not required to wear high-visibility clothing. To examine factors associated with two-party hunting injuries involving firearms (i.e., the injury resulted from the intentional or unintentional discharge of the firearm of another hunter), including the use of hunter orange, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Department of Health analyzed hunting-associated injury reports during 1989-1995. This report describes three of the 62 reported huntingassociated injuries during 1995 and summarizes information about two-party hunting-associated injuries involving firearms during 1989-1995. The findings indicate that most injured hunters in two-party incidents were not wearing hunter orange.In New York, reporting of