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Michigan man criticized for memo about pink hunting attire

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A Michigan man has testified in support of allowing hunters to wear pink so that women can "look and feel attractive" while hunting.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Drew Born submitted a memo to the House Natural Resources Committee in support of allowing pink hunting attire because he believes the option will attract more women to hunting. Hunters currently have to wear blaze orange.

Democratic Rep. Jeremy Moss of Southfield says the memo is offensive and out of touch.

The Legislature passed a bill allowing hunter pink apparel in 2016 if a Natural Resources Commission study found that it could be easily seen. The commission ruled in September that at least half of a hunter's attire must be orange.

Some believe that law needs to be changed, like Maria Kearly. She works at Hick's Outdoors in Clio.

"I wear pink camo. It makes me stand out. It's not like the guys," said Maria Kearly, employee at Hick's Outdoors in Clio.

She and her husband, who also works at the store, have seen an increased trend in pink camouflage clothing.

"It's been a real trend in the industry for the past five to seven years. The biggest growth part of this business is women and youth," Kearly's husband Mark said.

Republican Rep. Steven Johnson of Wayland Township reintroduced the hunter pink bill last week.

Kearly thinks as long as women are wearing colorful outfits they should not be forced to wear the same clothing.

"Deer don't see the pink, you know? And you're more noticed out in the woods. So someone else isn't going to be aiming at you," she said.

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