Most hunters head out hunting in orange, as each season mandates individually. Now though, that might be changing in North Dakota for big game hunting.
Pink might just be coming for North Dakota big game hunters. North Dakota House Senator, Kristin Roers, is bringing a bill to the Senate floor. She is asking that pink be added as a hunting color option for big game hunters in the state.
Right now in North Dakota, big game hunters are required to wear at least 400 square inches of solid fluorescent orange. This means that big game hunters must wear orange which equates to 20 by 20 inches. It doesn’t have to all in one spot, but oftentimes hunters wear a vest to cover the requirement. Some, however, hunt with an orange hat alongside other articles of clothing.
The North Dakota lawmaker’s bill will change the color requirement though. Now, hunters will be able to wear up to fifty percent of each color while they hunt for big game.
North Dakota Lawmaker, Roer, Has High Hopes for the Bill
Roers says that the idea of adding fluorescent pink comes from her shopping experiences preparing for hunting in Fargo. While shopping, she noticed that the sizing in hunting orange were only unisex sizes.
“The options were in orange, only unisex sizes, and in pink, only female sizes. So my options were to either wear something that fit but wasn’t legal, or wear something that didn’t fit but was legal.”
Additionally, Roers says that while researching for the bill, she found that nine other states allow pink while hunting. She is hoping that her bill can help bring change to how North Dakota approaches hunting laws.
Hunting colors are extremely purposeful. The orange is designed to make sure that hunters don’t mistake a person for a big game animal. So, it’s natural that pink fits that description.
Also, Scott Winkelman, who is North Dakota Game & Fish Department’s Enforcement Division Chief, adds his thoughts. Pink is certainly a bright color, and he says as much.
“I don’t think it would hurt anything. I think the biggest plus would just be if it can get more people in the field hunting.”
Even though the bill has not yet been introduced, Roers hopes to get a hearing for the bill next week. She will introduce the bill while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meets.
[H/T Bismark Times]