A bill just passed in the Virginia House of Delegates that would allow female hunters to wear blaze pink during hunting season. It passed this chamber unanimously with a 97-0 vote. It’s currently awaiting a vote in Virginia’s State Senate. It was introduced by Delegate James Edmunds (R-South Boston), who is an avid hunter and owns Non-Typical Outdoors.
Upon its unanimous passage in the House of Delegates, Edmunds said the following: “Blaze pink is proven to be more visible then blaze orange.”
HB 1939, if passed, “allows hunters to wear blaze pink instead of blaze orange hunting apparel when required during firearms deer hunting season or the special season for hunting deer with a muzzle-loading rifle.” Here’s how the current law would be amended:
A. During any firearms deer season, except during the special season for hunting deer with a muzzle-loading rifle only, in counties and cities designated by the Board, every hunter and every person accompanying a hunter shall (i) wear a blaze orange or blaze pink hat, except that the bill or brim of the hat may be a color or design other than solid blaze orange or blaze pink, or blaze orange or blaze pink upper body clothing
,that is visible from 360 degrees or (ii) display at least 100 square inches of solid blaze orange or blaze pink material at shoulder level within body reach visible from 360 degrees.
B. During the special season for hunting deer with a muzzle-loading rifle only, in counties and cities designated by the Board, every muzzleloader deer hunter and every person accompanying a muzzleloader deer hunter shall (i) wear a blaze orange or blaze pink hat, except that the bill or brim of the hat may be a color or design other than solid blaze orange or blaze pink, or (ii) blaze orange or blaze pink upper body clothing
, that is either of which shall be visible from 360 degrees, except when any unless such person is physically located in a tree stand or other stationary hunting location.
Current law only permits blaze orange. If passed, blaze pink would also be an available option. If licensed Virginia hunters fail to comply with this law, even if amended, they’ll incur a $25 fine.
More states are seeing the option of female hunters having blaze pink as a choice while hunting. Why? They believe pink is alluring and a color generally liked by our gender. (Though not every woman chooses to adorn herself in pink–especially while hunting.) However, if this bill is signed into law, it’ll become the fifth state to legalize blaze pink. Other states permitting blaze pink include Wisconsin, Louisiana, New York, and Colorado.
Per local estimates, there are an estimated 13,000 females registered to hunt here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (I should be joining their ranks this year!) So if a Senate bill in the fashion of HB 1939 passes and it becomes law, more women are expected to select blaze pink for their hunting wardrobe.
Although this isn’t a pressing issue, it’s good to see more clothing options for female hunters coming to the forefront.
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Editor’s Note: I was actually surprised to find out that there was a requirement to wear blaze orange to begin with in Virginia. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a good idea to do so because quite frankly deer are blind as hell and the all camo look is really not necessary (anyone standing still who has had a deer walk up into spitting distance of them will understand that). It’s good just to let other hunters see a color that does NOT exist in nature so they don’t get an itchy trigger finger thinking that moving bush is hiding a deer.
With that being said, the need for the government to mandate such a wise practice is disconcerting and I bristle at any attempt by the government to mandate common sense. Because one day the government’s common sense may not be so common or sensible to anyone other than those in power.
Nonetheless, glad to hear that the hunters of Virginia now have an option in what color they wear. Cheers.
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