For ladies out there wanting to wear blaze pink in the field, things have taken a step in the right direction.
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Blaze pink shirts like this are now legal for hunters in Wisconsin.[/caption]
Oftentimes when people think of hunting they think of grizzled men in flannel shirts sipping coffee round the table. Atop their head sits a blaze orange hat, and perhaps a tattered blaze orange vest is donned as well. Well, in Wisconsin at least, all that is about to change.
In February Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law that allows hunters to substitute blaze pink for blaze orange in the field. Of course anyone wearing blaze pink must still meet the square inch requirements of the state to be legal. The bill was designed to encourage more participation from ladies in Wisconsin.
The fact is, the amount of women participating in hunting has skyrocketed recently
. Most new recruits are taking up archery as their hunting pursuit, while gun hunting is still experiencing an influx as well. As these new hunters enter the mix of things we'll likely see even more states pass laws like Wisconsin that many women want.
Bear in mind, few states, if any, require a hunter to wear blaze orange when archery hunting. The exception generally lies when archery hunting during a firearm season. Some states
do require crossbow hunters to wear blaze orange when hunting with a crossbow. Like anytime you are dealing with legislation, its the responsibility of the hunter to understand the legal requirements of their states.
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PSE Pink Ball Cap[/caption]
Most states that require hunter orange require both a shirt and hat to be worn. Lots of companies have been creating blaze pink hunting clothes for years for women. Now women in Wisconsin can wear a shirt like the ASAT Pink Series t-shirt
when out on the hunt. Pair it with the PSE pink ball cap
and ladies should meet the minimum inch requirements of most states.
While most folks would applaud Wisconsin for their new common sense blaze pink law, it has not been met without critics. Certain critics
argue the bill is sexist in nature and demeaning to women. Never mind the fact most women in Wisconsin would hunt either way, and some would just rather wear pink. Forget the fact the law doesn't require hunters to wear pink, it only opens the option for both men and women. Forget a law like this actually increases
the liberty of people (something rarely seen in a law). Is blaze pink really worth arguing about? I suppose that's what democracy is all about.
My guess is in the near future other states will pass similar legislation to the Wisconsin law. As long as blaze pink keeps people as safe as blaze orange its easy to see this becoming acceptable. Stay tuned to your state's game laws for any upcoming changes.
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