South Dakota House committee approves bill to legally recognize blaze pink as hunter safety color

February 14, 2024

PIERRE, S.D.–A committee of lawmakers endorsed a bill Tuesday that would add blaze pink as a legally recognized hunter safety color.

The South Dakota House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee approved the bill in an 11-1 vote. It goes to the House of Representatives next.

Sponsored by Rep. Jessica Bahmuller (pictured) of Alexandria, the legislation aims to provide hunters with an alternative to the traditional blaze orange. She said several fellow lawmakers have asked why she brought the bill forward.

“The answer is very simple: It’s safety,” Bahmuller said. “Blaze pink is not a color that occurs naturally in nature.”