In one of the most ridiculous hunting bills to be introduced in a long time, Wisconsin hunters would be allowed to wear blaze pink in the deer woods during gun season.
State Reps. Joel Kleefisch (R) and Nick Milroy (D) said they hoped it would encourage more Wisconsinites to hunt and appeal to women and new hunters.
“Wisconsin has historically had some of the highest participation rates in hunting… and we’ve seen a decrease in this number in recent years,” Milroy said. “It’s my hope that this will become universally acceptable…”
There is no doubt that more women and young girls are getting into hunting, and that is great. And it is true that lots of manufacturers are making pink clothes and even bows to appeal to them. But at the risk of being dubbed a sexist, I think women and girls like and look good in camouflage and orange too.
In fact, this push for pink can be seen as pandering to older female hunters. As a really good huntress once told me, “I don’t wear pink to work, and I don’t wear it to hunt deer. It kind of offends me that men think we have to wear girly stuff to hunt.”
I doubt that any of you Wisconsin men and boys would wear pink (I hope not at least) but is there scientific evidence that it would be okay?
Majid Sarmadi, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and textile expert, said his lab analysis of fluorescent pink proved it had similar or better visibility to humans as blaze orange, and therefore would be just as safe.
Call me old-school and definitely of the wrong gender, but I can’t see it.