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SUPERIOR - Deer hunters were making their last minute purchases stocking up on ammo and gear, before the Minnesota firearms season opens Saturday.
Traditionally, when we think of hunting, men with large rifles dressed in blaze orange comes to mind.
However, there is a new color that is becoming more and more visible out in the woods.
“Some of it has gone overboard and is ridiculously pink. But if that what it takes to get my gender out there, and find out how much fun it really is,” said Melinda Racine, a deer hunter and former safety instructor.
Racine has been an avid deer hunter for nearly 30 years.
“I grew up with a family that deer hunted. My father and brother and we hosted all of their friends. It was just a part of my heritage,” Racine said.
In the past few years, she has enjoyed seeing an increase of women enjoying the sport.
“I was a hunter safety teacher for many years. And as the years went by, I saw more and more girls in my class and their mothers,” Racine said.
With the increase of female interest in the sport, came female-friendly gear, from pink clothing and accessories to pink rifles and rifle bags.
“I think it’s a great opportunity, not only for girls and women, but also youth getting out there and trying the sport,” said Amy Missinne, a deer hunter.
“Once they get into a rifle that fits them, clothing that keeps them warm, they are just as dedicated and skilled as any of the men,” Racine said.