Hunters can go pink this year thanks to new legislation.
Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife tells KXRO that the passage of Senate Bill 5148 expands orange clothing requirements for hunters to include fluorescent pink.
Since the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) began requiring hunters to wear hunter orange, they say that hunter injuries and incidents declined significantly in Washington. Fluorescent pink is considered equally visible to hunter orange, and nine other states have passed laws allowing hunters to wear pink clothing for safety.
The current law gives WDFW the authority to adopt rules specifying gear and other hunting equipment. Currently, hunters must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent hunter orange exterior clothing during specific hunting seasons.
The new law will take effect in July.
In preparation, WDFW will begin a rule-making process to accommodate hunter pink. WDFW is also taking extra steps now to implement the legislation immediately, which allows time for public education and for hunters to buy pink clothing in time for fall deer, elk, and upland bird modern firearm seasons.
Those who wish to learn more about hunter safety can visit our hunter education and requirements page at https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/requirements.