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Photo by Leander Nardin via Stocksy. Of the many beautifully staged moments in Mad Men , only one made it onto my Facebook page as a cover photo. It's a still from a closing scene in season one, in which Betty Draper, dressed in a diaphanous nightgown with her hair smoothly curled, feeds her children breakfast, does her family's laundry, and strolls onto the front lawn with a BB gun to shoot down her boorish neighbor's pet pigeons. Women, like men, kill animals for a variety of reasons: sustenance, sport, an unshakable sense of mid-century discontent. In honor of the fall hunting seasons currently underway or soon to be , we're taking a look back at the various lives of huntresses, from the practical shooters who hunt to feed their families to those with a feminist agenda. Read more: The History of Clit Piercing. In , two University of Arizona researchers, Steven L. Kuhn and Mary C.
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All rights reserved. A woman sits on a bull elk she killed while wearing blaze orange, which until now was the mandated color for hunters' safety gear. Wisconsin deer hunters will be fashion trailblazers this fall: The state recently became the first to legalize blaze pink hunting gear. Most states require that all hunters wear blaze orange, also known as hunter orange, during deer hunting season to maximize their visibility to fellow hunters wielding firearms. Lawmakers say that approving blaze pink is an effort to provide hunters with another safe color option—and to recruit more women into hunting. Advocates for women hunters, though, say the pink agenda is misguided and even insulting. Women who hunt do so for food, fun, or empowerment—not because of fashion. Colorado, New York, Minnesota and Louisiana are also considering bills to allow blaze pink as a legal hunting color to encourage more people to hunt.
Looking on is her mother, Dawn Adlen-Pratt. Both mother and daughter are avid deer hunters. Debra Robinson of Macomb Township poses proudly with the trophy turkey that she got on her first hunting trip. Brand ambassador Savanna Patenaude practices her archery skills while wearing apparel from Legendary Whitetails, which is among the companies providing female and youth hunters with the gear they need. As a little girl, Dawn Adlen-Pratt of Clinton Township used to wonder about the trips her father and older brothers took up north, every fall.