Shhhh…. Be vewy, vewy quiet. I’m hunting flamingos.

By: 
STEPHANIE PRATT
Yellowstone Newspapers

Pink has long been a color used in hunting to draw women to the sport. You can get pink guns, pink bows, pink arrows and pink camo.
Now, I’m guilty of having some pink on my bowstrings and arrow fletchings. It looks sharp against the black on my bow, and, well, I just like it. I’m also guilty of wearing camo with pink logos. But, I have never owned any article of pink camo. And here’s why…
Many years ago, before women were as engaged in hunting, before the tv shows and social media main streamed hunting, and more women emerged as “hunting personalities and celebrities,” I hunted. And I wanted to fit in with the guys. I distinctly remember being out to eat during hunting season at a little café in the middle of no where, with my dad and grandpa, and a woman walked in with her hair curled, full makeup and a pink camo top. And my dad said, “What the hell? Is she hunting flamingos?” My grandfather and I died laughing, and from that moment on, I swore to never wear pink while hunting.
I personally don’t think women should, or will, get into hunting just to wear a pink vest versus an orange one. But I do think women entering the sport should educate themselves on the game they hunt and the gear/clothing they buy.
If you go shopping for women’s camo, it all has pink logos, zippers and accents and has a “fitted” or tight cut. While they are cute, it’s just not that great for all hunting scenarios. Deer are red-green color blind, so, like humans who are color blind, they can’t differentiate pink, but turkeys have incredible vision and that little bit of pink for accents and logos will stick out as unnatural and will scare away even the dumbest jake.
What I really wished hunting clothing designers would focus on, instead of pink accents and “fitted cuts,” is the functionality of the gear. Is it scent-free? Can you move freely in it? Quiet? Comfortable? Functional with useful pockets and storage? I’m not hunting to look sexy and wear a tight pair of pants and a fitted top. In fact, I currently wear men’s Sitka gear, because it’s comfortable, functional, quiet and was designed by hunters for hunters. I did take a lot of flack at hunting camp this year, because my pants are a men’s cut and the crotch hangs low so it looks like I messed my drawers.
Recently, Sitka announced the release of a women’s line with, gasp, NO PINK logos. I am on their pre-order list and anxiously await the release.
I’m not knocking women who wear pink camo, or who are excited for this bill to pass – If you’re out in the woods and enjoying it, you’re my kinda gal, pink or no pink.
Will I be going out and getting a blaze pink vest if it passes? No, as my orange one has worked for me to date. I’ve gone on 20 plus years without getting shot; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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