A Wisconsin state assembly committee recently approved a bill that would legalize blaze pink hunting clothing.
Under current Wisconsin law, at least half of each article of clothing that firearm deer hunters wear above the waist must be blaze orange. However, the Assembly Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee recently approved the blaze pink clothing bill on a 14-1 vote. It will now go on to a full Assembly vote.
The bipartisan bill’s authors, Reps. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, and Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, believe that it would encourage more female hunters, give hunters additional clothing options, and help outdoor apparel manufacturer’s out.
But how would blaze pink be better than blaze orange clothing? Majid Sarmadi, a textile expert from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studied blaze pink clothing to test the bill’s theory.
He informed the Assembly committee that blaze pink would actually be more visible to humans than blaze orange in the fall landscape, and less visible to deer; a powerful one-two punch.
According to the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, blaze pink clothing has not been legalized as hunting clothing in any other state.