Do I Have to Wear Blaze Orange in Kansas? Big Game and Pheasant Hunting Regulations

When hunting deer or elk during rifle seasons in Kansas (whether using a rifle or not), hunters must wear blaze orange.  Kansas Administrative Regulation 115-4-4 requires deer and elk hunters in Kansas to wear blaze orange on their head and body.  A hunter’s hat must be at least 50% blaze orange with an equal portion visible from all sides.  Additionally, hunters must have at least 100 square inches of bright orange on the front AND back of their torso.  Some states such as Colorado and Wisconsin have authorized Pink in addition to Orange, but Kansas has not made such a law.  Camouflage orange IS LEGAL in Kansas.  Not only will having bright orange help you and your hunting partners stay legal, but safe as well. 

While stylish, there are no laws regarding attire for hunting dogs while in the field.

While stylish, there are no laws regarding attire for hunting dogs while in the field.

Blaze orange is NOT required when hunting small game in Kansas.  Kansas Administrative Regulation 115-3-1 states that any apparel may be worn while hunting small game in Kansas.  This regulation also requires that pheasants in transit must retain plumage or foot or some other part that may be used to determine sex of the bird.  While hunter orange is not required when hunting small game in Kansas, it is a great idea to make yourself more visible to other hunters in your group.

 NOTE: Archery or non-firearm method deer or elk hunters hunting during the firearm portion MUST wear blaze orange in Kansas.