DENVER -- All across Colorado on Friday, orange is everywhere. It’s on hats, jerseys and on painted faces.
But for hunters, every day is an Orange Friday. Currently, under Colorado law, blaze orange is the only acceptable color to be worn with the camo gear of choice.
“You have to have the orange on if you’re out wandering around,” said Cory Johnson, an employee of One Shot Gear.
But that could soon change in Colorado. A bill is being considered in the State Senate that would make pink an acceptable color.
“Pink hunting is just as safe as blaze orange gear,” said State Sen. Kerry Donovan, who is sponsoring the bill.
Donovan said she is sponsoring it so women will feel more welcomed in the hunting community and that they would have more clothing options.
“I want to send the message that women belong in hunting,” Donovan said. “I grew up in the hand-me-downs of my dad and my brothers."
Donovan went into her first committee hearing on the bill Thursday expecting the bill to be killed. But to her surprise, the Agriculture Committee passed it, 6-3. It will now be debated by the full Senate.
“Sometimes testimony changes things,” Donovan said afterward with a smile.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife has endorsed the bill.
Johnson said he is all for it if it will encourage more women to hunt. He would even consider wearing pink.
“It’s just a color,” Johnson said.