Wisconsin hunters: Watch what you’re wearing during post-hunt photo sessions
Some of the most unlikely to-do-so publications run photos of smiling hunters inappropriately dressed while doing their activity and with their prey nearby. Safety is often the issue and being illegally dressed another.
OK, I realize deer hunters, for example, are probably no longer hunting when a photograph is taken, but who is responsible for having our picture taken with a trigger finger inside the guard? Or wearing a brown cap instead of one of blaze orange?
We are; hunters are.
The photographers should know better, but many don’t, so books, pamphlets, newspapers and posters are published showing hunters being unsafe, not following the rules of firearm safety, and setting poor examples.
These photographs portray to young, and old, hunters what’s OK, acceptable, even legal in the field and forest. They see two hunters walking into a forest wearing brown hats, and think that must be fine.
Caps are the most obvious mistake. A hunter and his father or mother are all dressed to look like they are in the field and may have been moments earlier. Dad has all his hunter orange on except his cap, which is black, brown or something else.
It’s entirely possible that’s the way he was in the woods, but more likely he just pushed his hood back, exposing the brown stocking cap. If he does it for a photograph, maybe he does it in the woods, too.
It’s not OK and we shouldn’t let photographers and publishers get by doing this. Just say, “No, wait a minute.” Ask to see the photograph on the camera’s digital screen right then and ask them to retake the photo if things don’t look right.
Hunters often take great pride in putting their bow or gun in the photograph, so why not their actual hunting clothing?
Tasteful hunting photos are another thing for another time, but on both of these issues, one Wisconsin newspaper explained how not to get into the paper. Photographs displaying something illegal or distasteful, regardless of how large the deer was, were discarded.