How people dress influences how they feel. Camouflage clothing, for example, helps hunters feel like they’re part of the team, even if the pattern isn’t critical to hunting success. Women often pay particular attention to how they dress and, in the age of millions of digital colors, don’t care for blaze orange. Without being sexist, one might ponder if “blaze pink” would be preferable as long as it meets the safety standard? Bob Robb researched the idea in this post from Grand View Outdoors.
If you could, would you wear pink instead of blaze orange in the deer woods next fall?
That could be the case in Wisconsin if a group of lawmakers get their way. The Legislature’s sportsmen’s caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators who focus on outdoor issues, is preparing to unveil a bill that would legalize blaze pink for deer hunters
Sen. Terry Moulton, one of the caucus’s co-chairmen, wrote in a column published in the Dunn County News that the blaze pink bill is designed to encourage women to become hunters and keep them involved in the sport. Currently in Wisconsin, all hunters except waterfowlers afield during the gun deer season must have at least half of each article of clothing worn above the waist, such as jacket or a hat, colored blaze orange.
According to Wisconsin DNR data, for the past three seasons about 10 percent of the state’s gun hunters for deer have been females. They made up about a quarter of hunters between ages 10 and 12 in 2014, however, and comprised 35 percent of new gun deer license buyers last fall.