You’re a skeptical lot, Daily readers. According to our recent survey on the merits of blaze pink, the majority of you believe it’s a passing fad in the outdoor world, one to be quickly forgotten as its popularity waxes and, eventually, wanes.
On Tuesday, we asked you the readers what you thought of blaze pink as a new safety color on America’s hunting landscape. Though hardly scientific, the survey allowed for five choices:
- It will help bring more women shooters into the sport.
- It’s just as good as blaze orange, but no better.
- It will spook more animals than blaze orange.
- It’s sexist and has no business in the woods.
- Flash in the pan. It won’t be popular in five years.
There were a total of 135 submissions. Of those, 48 (36 percent) said “Flash in the pan.”
While the outdoor marketplace does have a way of hyping new products in order to incite a buying frenzy, blaze pink may have enough staying power to surprise you. Wisconsin recently legalized the color as an alternative to blaze orange, with at least four other states looking to follow suit. It may never become the 21st century equivalent of red flannel or buckskin, but pink probably has a good 6+ years of wind left in it sails.
Moving on through the choices, 27 voters (20 percent) said blaze pink would help bring more shooters into the sport. Twenty-one voters (16 percent) said pink was just as good as orange, but no better. Only 2 voters said pink would spook more game than orange.
The remaining 37 voters said blaze pink was sexist and had no business in the woods. That sentiment has been popular with anti-hunters of late, with organizations like National Geographic and the New York Times calling pink an affront to female pride.
Blaze pink attracts positive and negative press for a variety of reasons, but it is primarily a hot-button issue because it’s novel. Whether that means the color is equal to, better than, or worse than other alternatives is hard to quantify, but what is certain is that it gets people talking about the outdoors. Some may be bothered by it, but if it does bring new hunters into the sport, even a few, it proves itself as a valuable tool for preserving our hunting heritage.