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.