Pink is the new hunter orange?
If one Louisiana legislator gets her way, hunting enthusiasts will have a new safety color option: They can wear fluorescent pink instead of sticking only to the traditional, blazing-orange vests and hats that dominate hunting season.
Louisiana law requires anyone hunting wildlife during open gun season to display at least 400 square inches of “hunter orange” as a safety precaution. Orange hats also can be worn to satisfy the requirement.
A Louisiana House panel has advanced legislation that would also allow a daylight florescent pink color to be worn. House Bill 179 now heads to the full House for consideration. It also requires approval from the Senate.
Rep. Malinda White, a Bogalusa Democrat and the only woman serving on the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, said the proposal is meant to bring more attention to outdoor activities and encourage more people to hunt. Although the measure is not gender specific, she said she hopes it will particularly appeal to female hunters, as she is a hunter herself.
“In my opinion, it would encourage women hunters — young and all — to embrace the outdoors,” she said. “Louisiana is a sportswoman’s paradise.”
The push isn’t unique to Louisiana. Earlier this year, Wisconsin became the first state to allow hunters to wear pink safety gear.
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