Tonight I am going to answer a question that appeared in the comments. I was asked about painting during hunting season. Here in New England that generally means deer hunting. I don't worry much about the bird hunters. In this area November is deer season and occasionally some body gets shot. Here are a few things you can do to cut down the odds of its being you.
When I first moved to Maine in the late eighties, (I live in New Hampshire now) I was very cautious during deer season and I painted in the villages for the month of November. But as the years went by I grew tired of that, I painted out in the woods and fields all the time, and I wasn't happy to relinquish my painting sites for a month. As I grew bolder, year by year I moved further out into those woods and fields. Here is a bulleted list of tips for avoiding the indignity of getting shot, gutted and tagged.
- Wear hunter orange. I have a truly unattractive stocking cap that I wear. That's a good place to wear your hunter orange. I have an orange sweatshirt made out some weird foam that I hang on my easel. If I wear the thing, the orange reflects from my chest into the painting and that causes me problems judging my color. It is just as good on the easel as it is on me.
- Don't dress up as a deer. I have friends who have deer colored highway worker type suits they wear, then they hold a paper towel. That's asking for it. I can't help thinking about shooting them myself.
- Paint on private land, on a farm where you know the owner, and hunters are likely to be refused permission to hunt while you are there.
- Paint in a state or federal park where hunting is not allowed. You still need to wear some orange, but generally hunters don't break these rules as the penalties if they are caught hunting there are so draconian.
- But here is my favorite and it works really well.
the hunters avoid you like the plague, they know there are no deer around that din. I have had a few of them come upon me in the woods and laugh at what I was doing when they figured out why.