UPDATE: Gov. Walker signs law allowing hunters to wear blaze pink

UPDATED Thursday, February 4, 2016---1:12 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill allowing hunters to wear fluorescent pink instead of the traditional blaze orange.

Previously, at least half of all clothing gun deer hunters wore above the waist had to be blaze orange. This bill allows hunters to swap the orange for fluorescent pink.

The bill's authors have said the measure is designed to provide more options for hunters and attract more women into hunting, a rationale some female hunters have called sexist.

The Assembly passed the measure in November, and the Senate approved it in January. Walker signed the bill into law Thursday along with 20 other bills.

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Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016---10:11 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink rather than traditional blaze orange.

Right now at least half of all clothing deer hunters wear above the waist must be blaze orange. The bill would allow hunters swap that color for pink if they so choose.

The measure's authors say the bill is designed to draw more women into hunting and provide hunters an option.

Some female hunters have decried the bill as sexist.

The Senate was set to vote on the bill during a floor session scheduled to begin Wednesday morning. Approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker. The Assembly passed the measure in November.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 13, 2016---4:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee has signed off on a bill that would allow gun deer hunters to wear fluorescent pink rather than their traditional blaze orange.

The Senate's agriculture committee approved the bill on a 7-2 vote on Wednesday. The vote clears the way for a full vote on the Senate floor. The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in November.

Under current Wisconsin law, at least half of each article of clothing that gun deer hunters wear above the waist must be blaze orange. The bipartisan bill would allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink as well.

Supporters say the bill would help draw more women into hunting. Some women hunters contend the bill is sexist.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 6, 2016--3:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The authors of a bill that would allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink are urging a legislative committee to approve the measure.

Rep. Nick Milroy began a Senate agriculture committee hearing on the bill Wednesday by saying the bill would help draw women into hunting. Rep. Joel Kleefisch said the bill would give hunters more options.

The hearing marks the last chance for the public to weigh in on the bill. Committee approval would clear the way for a full vote on the Senate floor. The Assembly passed the bill in November.

Current law requires at least half of the clothing gun deer hunters wear above the wait to be blaze orange. The bill would allow the clothing to be fluorescent pink rather than blaze orange.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 6, 2016--10:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Senate committee is set to hold the final hearing on a bill that would allow hunters to swap their blaze orange for fluorescent pink.

The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote in November, sending it over to the Senate. That house's agriculture committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the bill Wednesday in the state Capitol. The hearing marks the last chance the public will have to sound off on the proposal.

Current law requires at least half of the clothing gun deer hunters wear above the wait to be blaze orange. The bill would allow the clothing to be fluorescent pink rather than blaze orange.

The bill's supporters say the measure will attract more women to hunting and give apparel manufacturers a boost.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 --- 8:14 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Hunters in Wisconsin may soon be heading into the woods wearing bright pink clothing.

The state Assembly on Tuesday passed the measure that allows fluorescent pink to be worn while hunting. Current law requires at least half of the clothing that gun deer hunters wear above the waist to be blaze orange.

Bill backers say the measure will encourage more women to take up hunting, give hunters more clothing options and give apparel manufacturers a boost.

According to the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, no state has legalized blaze pink for hunting clothing.

Wisconsin's bill still has to pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law. It passed the Assembly on a voice vote without debate.

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UPDATED Wednesday, October 28, 2015---9:21 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill that would legalize blaze pink hunting gear has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The Assembly's natural resources committee approved the measure on a 14-1 vote Wednesday. The vote clears the way for the full chamber to take up the bill.

Under current Wisconsin law, at least half of each article of clothing that gun deer hunters wear above the waist must be blaze orange. The bipartisan bill would allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink as well.

According to the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, no state has legalized blaze pink for hunting clothing. A Maine legislator proposed a bill earlier this year that would have allowed hunters in that state to wear pink during October to raise breast cancer awareness but the measure hasn't gone anywhere.

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UPDATED Wednesday, October 21, 2015---12:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee is set to vote next week on a bill that would legalize blaze pink hunting gear.

Under current Wisconsin law, at least half of each article of clothing that gun deer hunters wear above the waist must be blaze orange. The bipartisan bill would allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink as well.

The Assembly's natural resources committee has scheduled a vote on the bill for Oct. 28. Passage would clear the way for a vote in the full chamber.

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UPDATED Wednesday, October 14, 2015---1:02 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A pair of legislators is trying to convince an Assembly committee to approve a bill that would allow hunters to wear blaze pink.

Reps. Nick Milroy and Joel Kleefisch introduced the bill earlier this year. They told the Assembly's natural resources committee during a public hearing Wednesday that blaze pink is just as safe as blaze orange. Majid Sarmadi, a University of Wisconsin-Madison textile expert who studied the visibility of blaze pink for Milroy and Kleefisch, told the committee that blaze pink is more visible against the orange fall landscape than blaze orange.

Rep. Ken Skowrownski, a committee member, said he doesn't support the measure. He said he can't see any reason for the bill beyond making a fashion statement.

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UPDATED: Thursday, October 1, 2015 -- 6:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The bill that would legalize blaze pink clothing for hunters is set for a public hearing in Madison.

The state Assembly's natural resources committee has scheduled the hearing for the morning of Oct. 14 at the state Capitol.

A bipartisan group of legislators introduced the bill earlier this year. They say the proposal is designed to attract more women to hunting and they hope it will encourage apparel manufacturers to partner with nonprofit groups working to get more people, both men and women, interested in the sport.

Under current state law, no one can hunt anything except waterfowl during a gun deer season unless at least half of each article of clothing worn above the waist is blaze orange. Violators face $10 forfeitures.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 --- 1:52 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers have formally introduced a bill that would legalize blaze pink for hunters.

Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy and Republican Reps. Joel Kleefisch and David Steffen unveiled the bill during a news conference Tuesday. All three lawmakers wore fluorescent pink T-shirts emblazoned with the message "Hunt Pink."

They said the bill is designed to attract more women to hunting and hope it will encourage apparel manufacturers to partner with nonprofit groups working to get more people, men and women, interested in hunting.

University of Wisconsin-Madison textiles expert Majid Sarmadi told reporters that blaze pink is just as visible in the woods as traditional blaze orange.

Milroy, Kleefisch and Steffan said they plan to spend the next two weeks soliciting co-sponsors for the measure.

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Posted Friday, May 22, 2015---10:41 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Real men could wear pink in the woods under a bill legislators are preparing to unveil next week that would legalize blaze pink for hunters.

Rep. Nick Milroy, a Democrat from South Range in northwestern Wisconsin, plans to hold a news conference Tuesday to announce the measure. A Milroy aide said Friday that Milroy was vacationing in the Boundary Waters and couldn't be reached for comment on the bill's details.

Sen. Terry Moulton, a Chippewa Falls Republican, wrote in a column for the Dunn County News this week that the bill is designed to encourage more women to try hunting. He said a University of Wisconsin-Madison textile expert performed experiments for the legislators and determined that blaze pink is just as visible as blaze orange in the wild.

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