It is getting near that time again….Hunting Seasons will start around the country. The anticipation I have is the same feeling I had when I was a kid and got excited for Santa Clause to bring me great stuff (not coal)! Now is the time to make sure you have the gear that is going to make your hunting experience comfortable and strategic to offer the best chance of getting that big buck.
For women being comfortable in the field has been a long time coming in the industry, but finally there are several companies that offer women’s hunting clothes that actually conform to our body types. In the past, many of us have worn hand-me-downs, kids’ gloves, oversized jackets and men or boys’ pants. We looked like a rag-a-muffin tromping into the woods, but we were happy to be hunting. Often, due to the disproportionate fit of our clothes, we were uncomfortable…cold because wind would blow up our jackets, plus there was that Michelin man effect of being so bulky we felt like we couldn’t move…I honestly don’t know how we pull back our bows in all that extra bulk, but we did! All that is behind us now, at Shoot Like A Girl you can find clothes specifically cut for women from Próis, She Outdoor Apparel, High Maintenance Camo, SportHill, Rocky Boots and Browning. These manufacturers recognize that women have unique physical needs in the fit of our hunting clothes, and they do fit. Many come in sizes from XS to XXL. Not only do these clothes provide comfort, they also look great!
Looking great, however, for a hunter is secondary to the strategic performance of the outfit in the field. Did you know that deer can rotate their ears to the back their head to listen, and they can see on both sides and to their front? They can…they’ve heard and seen me lots of times in my rag-a-muffin outfit. That’s why clothes that fit are vital to our hunt. The snugger the clothes are to our body, the less noise we’ll make. We can actually turn our head, raise our weapon and shoot without the extra noise from the fabric of clothes that are too big rubbing together. Deer can see motion, so less bulk also means less movement to be seen. Hiking and tracking becomes much easier with clothes that fit too! When clothes fit, and we are on a blood trail through the woods on our hands and knees crawling through the thicket, we won’t get hung up on the branches because of oversized clothing. This personally has happened to me, and it is frustrating to feel like that kid from A Christmas Story that gets stuck on his back after being knocked down, but no more. We now have choice in clothes that fit.
At Shoot Like A Girl we are dedicated to empowering women to participate in shooting sports with confidence. The hunting clothes we carry are just one way we are working to ensure women have the best opportunity for success when we hunt.
Karen Butler is President of Shoot Like A Girl (SLG², Inc), a company dedicated to empowering women to participate in shooting sports with confidence. They do that in two ways – through service and sales. With the help of their corporate sponsors, Hunter Safety System, SHE Outdoor Apparel, Limbsaver, Mathews Inc, Elite Archery, Game Plan Gear, Easton, and ASA; plus twelve bow manufacturers partners; they travel around the country to provide women a once in a lifetime opportunity to try multiple bows in draw weights and lengths that fit them.
They also provide an educational service on their web site, www.shootlikeagirl.com, with information about shooting sports, and a women friendly forum. Their sales (also a service) is to offer products that enhance women’s abilities to participate in shooting sports, with a huge focus on one stop shopping for hunting clothing specifically designed to fit women. The clothes are offered at competitive pricing, and allow women to side by side compare products. All of these services and shopping opportunities help them reach their goal of empowering women to participate in shooting sports with confidence!