Free hunter orange hats will be given to youth hunters that plan to hunt the fall 2011 season, to help kids meet new regulations requiring they wear the color. The hats are intended for youth hunters who plan to hunt the fall 2011 season. Most hunting seasons open in September or October.
Hats will be given away by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife field staff who see youth hunters in the field during hunting season. Hats also are available at select ODFW offices.
Oregons new law took effect Aug. 1. It requires youth hunters (age 17 and under) to wear a fluorescent orange hat or upper garment when hunting game mammals or upland game birds (except turkey) with any firearm. Adult hunters are also strongly encouraged to wear hunter orange when in the field.
The following Eastern Oregon ODFW offices will provide hunter orange hats while supplies last. Offices are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except for holidays and furlough days. Some smaller field offices are not staffed at all hours so call before visiting the office.
Baker City, 2995 Hughes Road; Enterprise, 65495 Alder Slope Road; Heppner, 54173 Hwy 74; Hines, 237 Hwy 20 South; John Day, 305 N Canyon Blvd; La Grande, 107 20th Street; Pendleton, 73471 Mytinger Lane; and, The Dalles, 3701 W 13th Street.