Colorado’s second hunting season kicked off yesterday. As per Centennial State law, hunters have to wear a blaze orange vest and head covering when chasing game. This year, Colorado added another color to the [extremely short] approved list: pink blaze. “The idea was maybe this will attract a few more female hunters,” said Joe Lewandowski of Colorado Parks and Wildlife told kob.com. To check out the success of getting female hunters to”think pink,” the reporter headed over to Gardenswartz Sporting Goods in Durango to see if the color was catching on . . .
“Women hunting is the second largest growing in outdoor sports anyway,” [store manager] Thomas 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.
Hello? Lady hunters don’t have a choice if Gardenswartz doesn’t stock pink blaze. Luckily, Al Gore invented the internet. Colorado hunters can go online to acquire their pink blaze vest and hat.
Only when you Google “pink blaze” the first result tells us that “Pink blazing is Appalachian Trail slang. White blazes mark the trail; pink blazing follows the trail to sexy hiker ladies and gentlemen, or both.” Exchange of bodily fluids to follow.
The images tab is WAY more helpful (assuming you’re not cruising the Appalachian Trail), delivering the image above. A little further searching using “blaze pink camo” and we learn that gandermountain.com offers a blaze pink comforter set, car floor mat, baby wear and Christmas stocking. So maybe blaze pink hunting camo isn’t so popular online either.
TTAG’s freshly-minted Hunting Editor Liberte Austin minced no words on the subject. “Women hunters hate pink camo,” she asserted. “All my friends hate it . . . Guys are always asking, what are you hunting, flamingos?” That said, there is a silver lining to the blaze pink non-craze. “Deer can’t see pink,” Liberte tells me. Who knew?