Virginia is set to join four other states that allow hunters to don blaze pink in addition to the traditional fluorescent orange when they go out hunting.
A bill passed the General Assembly in Virginia that will allow hunters to wear the bright pink color if Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs it.
When the legislation was introduced in the upper chamber, Senator Richard Stuart said, “This just authorizes some alternative fashions for deer hunters. They’re required to wear blaze orange now. But those that prefer could wear blaze pink.”
The Washington Post reported:
Four states — Colorado, Louisiana, New York and Wisconsin — now allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink in addition to the traditional orange, said Jennifer Schultz, senior policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures. Legislation is pending in Montana and Minnesota, though it failed in the latter state just last year. It also was rejected in Illinois and Maine in recent years. Michigan is studying whether “hunter pink” or any other colors would be effective and safe.
“I have a 13-year-old daughter who absolutely loves [hunting], probably as much as I do,” said Del. James E. Edmunds II (R-Halifax), who proposed the Virginia bill after hearing of similar legislation in other states. “I think my daughter was intrigued by the thought of blaze pink. It may help the hunting industry. Maybe the attention it’s drawing will, perhaps, recruit more females to the sport.”
Mike Bazinet, National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Director of Public Affairs, spoke about the fashion bill: “We don’t know for certain whether the introduction of blaze pink camo will encourage more women to take up hunting, but many people do, so let’s hope it’s true.”
The broader trend of more clothing designed and tailored for women involved in the activity is definitely here, however. Go into a Cabela’s or Bass Pro or virtually any other outdoor retailer, and you will find a wide selection of hunting apparel for women. It’s not like 20 years ago, when women hunters would have to go to the rack and pick up a men’s small in a shirt or jacket.
Some weren’t as excited about the expanded hunter wardrobe.
“There are women who like to hunt, but it’s not about fashion,” said Senator R. Creigh Deeds. “It’s about being in the woods. And the purpose you wear a color is so somebody can see you and they don’t shoot in your direction. I mean, blaze pink — I just think it’s silly. I think it’s condescending to women.”
Eh, pink does seem to sell pretty well and it’s not really condescending to recognize that — besides, fashion and hunting don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. Actually, it seems more condescending to put down traditionally feminine interests as if they’re lesser.
“I just have a hard time picturing dudes in blaze pink,” said Senator Amanda F. Chase.
Well, in all fairness, they don’t have to buy it. Pretty sure pink isn’t replacing orange, it’s just an addition.
“The idea of hunters dressed in pink just strikes me as flat-out silly,” said Senator Richard H. Black.
Not sure if it’s any “sillier” than any other color would be, but it may be dangerous.
The whole point of wearing the fluorescent orange is for safety reasons. It’s become synonymous with hunting and you know it when you see it. If pink is able to do the same thing, fine, but you’d better make sure it does.
If it’s safe, I get why the hunting industry would want to do this, and if it gets women interested in the sport, good for them.
H/T Bearing Arms
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