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Washington approves blaze pink law

Gov. Jay Inslee signing bill

Photo credit: WDFW

This week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed blaze pink into law, which means the Evergreen State joins other states like Colorado, Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota that have already legalized fluorescent pink for hunting. The bill modifies the current regulation that requires a minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange be worn during certain hunting seasons, Q13 Fox reports.

“Orange will always be the classic safety color, but I think our state’s hunters can appreciate something new and different – and because fluorescent pink doesn’t blend in with anything else in the forest or field, it also offers the excellent visibility we need for safety,” said Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-Vancouver), told Q13 Fox.

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The fluorescent orange requirement has helped decrease the number of hunter injuries and incidents since its adoption. As goHUNT previously reported, the blaze pink initiative began in Wisconsin in 2015 and other states have slowly followed in hopes of recruiting more women to the sport

“By adding fluorescent hunter pink, we are providing more choices to our hunters,” said David Whipple, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunter education division manager. “Women are one of the fastest-growing hunting groups, though we believe that this option will feel inclusionary all to new hunters. This attention is also helping to highlight the safe behaviors for continued reductions in hunter injuries and incidents.”

Washington’s new blaze pink law goes into effect in July.

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Nicholas S. - posted 10 months ago on 05-07-2019 11:16:30 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Anyone that is so high maintenance that they need pink to look cute to go into the woods, is someone who I probably would never want to be around in the woods. True story.

The whole deal is a waste of energy. It'll look good to clothing manufacturers' bottom lines though.

P.s. This is a gender neutral statement.

Danny J. - posted 11 months ago on 04-30-2019 04:19:37 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

Bigger issues out there to tackle. Wasted (wo)man hours.

damon g. - posted 11 months ago on 04-29-2019 10:51:27 pm
ABERDEEN
goHUNT INSIDER

Jay Inslee is thee absolute worst governor ever.

Hello G. - posted 11 months ago on 04-27-2019 08:23:30 pm
San Francisco, CA
goHUNT INSIDER

This is AWESOME. Cannot wait until Sitka puts out a new line of pink MENS hunting clothing! Just imagine pink optifade--holy hell I'm stoked!

Gary H. - posted 11 months ago on 04-26-2019 09:32:38 am
goHUNT INSIDER

I'm sure he has his hands in a company who produced pink apparel. Follow the money people.

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Alexander K. - posted 11 months ago on 04-26-2019 09:31:51 am
Denver, CO
goHUNT INSIDER

@marcus t. I completely agree with you. I am sure they will charge more for the blaze pink attire ("pink tax").

marcus t. - posted 11 months ago on 04-26-2019 08:33:23 am
Pullman, wa
goHUNT INSIDER

I am really confused now. I fully support women in the sport I think it is awesome but what makes me crazy is how Inslee talks out of both sides of his mouth. Washington state spent millions of dollars getting all of its government pamphlets gender neutral. They substituted "first year student' for 'Freshman' in state college catalogs, took out words like "journeymen" and on and on. But now he feels like the color Pink will attract more women to the sport? Where is the neutrality Jay?