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Babbs in the Woods: Borys, you take that back — we do not wear pink camo in the woods

barb-baird-out-standing-in-field2Methinks Borys doesn’t hunt. That’s fine, but come on … don’t be writing headlines that read “More pink camouflage in woods this year.” Really?

In a news article in thetimes-tribune.com, writer Borys Krawczeniuk took on the task of writing about a father and his daughters deer hunting, thousands of deer hunters in the Pennsylvania woods, the reasons for more hunters in the woods (including Iraq returnees and the uptake of women hunters in our ranks), the weather, the deer population, deer management areas, lack of ammunition, the Obama administration and the trend of women hunters buying pink camouflage.

Where to start? Borys, we don’t wear that pink stuff in the woods. That’s a lifestyle statement. The only person I know to try pink in the woods, unless it’s to shoot a Victory arrow, is bow hunter Keli Van Cleave. She and I turkey hunted in Arkansas a couple of years ago, and she insisted on taking her hot pink bow with her and said she could not get a turkey to come in closer than 100 yards.

She has had success with her pink bow with other game, though. And you ought to see her whip the tar out of the air with her pink fly-fishing rod.

Back to Borys, and this is what I don’t appreciate when writers take on a subject they know nothing about … check with the experts — that would be the women hunters in this case. And, if you or your editor writes a headline that infers that we women hunters are running around in the woods in pink camo, get ready to defend or retract.

~Barbara Baird

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  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. Her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at https://www.ozarkian.com.


The Conversation

  • Georgette Wood says: December 2, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I am a huntress and proud of it. I don’t wear pink in the woods, but I do have on my arrows the Quik Fletch Quick system that are pink and white from The Crush. They are easy to spot when you shoot your arrows. They are not camoflaged in the ground. I also own a Brownish Pink Bow from Parker. It has just a light hue of Pink. My hunting gear is all Camo and no Pink except my Pink gun case I leave at the house.

    Just for the record I had deer playing under my treestand in Archery Season and they didn’t even know I was there. So don’t assume that just because were women huntress doesn’t mean we wear Pink in the Woods.

    I love to wear pink at the shooting range to me it makes me feel like a girl, and I stand out from the guys. We women do take the shooting sports seriously. I also own a Pink Fishing Pole that I love the proceeds of me buying it went to breast cancer awareness and that is why I have a lot of Pink gear for the Shooting Range.

  • NorCal Cazadora says: December 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Amen, sister! That story reeked of a reporter who knows nothing about hunting – which is not uncommon. A hunter would’ve known what’s being worn in the woods.

    That said, I still kinda dig that pink RealTree cap Lynn Pankey gave us this summer. But I sure as hell don’t wear it hunting. My chicas and I wear pink hats to the shooting range when we’re having a women’s shoot so newcomers to the group can spot us easily. (Because we’re almost NEVER the only women there.)

  • Terry Scoville says: December 1, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Right on Babbs!
    Personally I find the assorted pink camo condescending. I have never worn pink camo of any kind, nor do I own any apres’ hunting attire that is pink. I don’t know who where’s the pink stuff but it not any serious huntresses that I know. I think a marketing correction is called for here.

  • Kirstie Pike says: December 1, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Woot Woot, Babbs!
    I do not know a single female HUNTER who wears pink in the field. None. Wonder where they all are then…hmmm?
    Agreed, Keli is well-known for her love of all things pink- shooting a great PSE pink bow and pink arrows. I have seen Keli take a pheasant with her bow as well as participate with the top bowhunters in the country at the Rage 100… When it comes to pink camo, Keli will not wear it.
    So…Borys..who IS wearing all that pink camo?