Fact Check: Is the PA Game Commission Requiring Hunters to Wear Orange Face Masks?

A couple of days ago a news article made its way around social media claiming that due to COVID-19 Pennsylvania hunters would be required to wear orange facemasks during hunting season. The article however comes from a website that deals in prank news and is absolutely false.

Here is the text from the article with the alleged details.

In an announcement late Wednesday afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Game Commission have released new requirements for hunters taking to the woods in Pennsylvania’s general seasons.

In all seasons that require fluorescent orange to be worn, PA hunters must additionally wear an orange face mask for visual safety and to reduce the spread of Covid-19. “This measure will ensure that those afield in Pennsylvania will do so with the utmost of safety.”

This measure will apply to small game hunters immediately as well as impact hunters pursuing early muzzleloader deer and bear as early as this Saturday. For hunters unable to find masks in hunter orange, masks can be purchased from any Game Commission regional headquarters for $29.99

Failure to wear an orange specific mask can result in fines exceeding $500. Those who wear no mask at all may forfeit their hunting privileges for up to 2 years.

“We are willing to enforce this law to the fullest extent to ensure hunter safety.”

Officials are urging those gullible enough to believe in coyote stocking programs, PA mountain lions, and other nonsense to not fall for things they read on the internet.


As you can see from the last lines of the text you should not believe everything you read online. This however did not keep people from inquiring with the game commission about the supposed requirement. They received so many questions that it prompted them to put out a statement on their Facebook page.

CLARIFICATION POST: There is a post containing false information circulating on social media, featuring the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s name and logo, stating hunters would be required to wear fluorescent orange face masks while hunting this year. This is NOT TRUE. The Pennsylvania Game Commission IS NOT requiring hunters to wear fluorescent orange face masks while hunting this fall. All fluorescent orange requirements are outlined in the 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest. Help spread the word to fellow Pennsylvania hunters by correcting related posts. Agency news and updates can always be found on the agency’s official website www.pgc.pa.gov and verified social media pages.

CLARIFICATION POST: There is a post containing false information circulating on social media, featuring the Pennsylvania…

Posted by Pennsylvania Game Commission on Friday, October 16, 2020

I understand that it is 2020 and many governments have issued a lot of ridiculous COVID restrictions but this one should have been obvious “fake news.”

However, if they wanted to make it more believable they should have said it came from Michigan and Gov. Whitmer.