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Colorado allows ‘blaze pink’ garb for hunters

Devin Neeley
October 21, 2016 07:03 PM

DURANGO, Colo. -- The second hunting season of the year starts Saturday in Colorado. As hunters are in the field, they could be seeing a new color on other hunters. But the color may not be catching on, especially among female hunters.

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“You want to be as visible as you can possibly be when you are dealing with a high-powered rifle,” said Thomas Downing, manager of Gardenswartz Sporting Goods in Durango.

Safety is the reason that hunters are required to wear a “blaze orange” vest and head covering when they hunt. A new law passed in Colorado adds another color choice to safety gear.

“Something called ‘blaze pink’. The idea was maybe this will attract a few more female hunters,” said Joe Lewandowski of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Lewandowski said the number of hunters in Colorado has been on the incline, though they don’t track the gender of hunters. At the sporting goods stores, though, they say more women are choosing to hunt.

“Women hunting is the second largest growing in outdoor sports anyway,” Downing said.

He said the women who hunt don’t necessarily want to be hunting wearing pink.

“Along the lines of being on equal standards as male hunters, which they are,” he said.

Gardenswartz doesn’t stock blaze pink vests, nor do they even stock pink camo.

“The lady hunters we have coming in here are going to wear blaze orange over pink if they have a choice,” he said.

Whether the law is helping or not, CPW says they want more people involved in hunting.

“We know hunting is a family-oriented activity,” Lewandowski said. “You can put good food on the table, get you outdoors and the more people we can involve in that activity the better.”

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