Ask a Cop: Can I wear a bullet proof vest while hunting?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My buddies and I go pheasant hunting on private property which is a total blast! The question is, we tend to have a few beers in the process. Because of this and the fact that they are not very good shots, I was wondering for safety reasons if it is legal for a citizen to buy and wear a bullet proof vest?

A: Yes you can buy and wear a vest. Wearing body armor while conducting lawful activity such as hunting, or paintballing is not illegal. But, In the state of Indiana, wearing body armor while committing or attempting to commit any felony is a Level 6 felony. Last, but not least, it is better to wait and have the beers after the hunt while you tell those "amazing stories!"

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