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Today… I’m going to rant.  If you don’t want to hear it then quit reading.

I am a female.  I hunt.  As a matter of fact, I would say that I LOVE to hunt.  As a hunter, I need hunting clothes.  As a female, I need, specifically, women’s hunting clothes.

I had a good year and through hard work, sheer determination and willpower, I lost a lot of weight.  I went from a size 14 to a size 4.  So when it came time to get out the hunting gear, including clothing, I realized that I would have to buy all new hunting clothes.  I like buying clothes so I was happy with that.  I drove to the nearest Cabela’s because that’s where I found great hunting clothes the last time I shopped.

Cabela’s hunting clothes section is huge!  And I don’t just mean huge.  I mean HUGE!  I made my way through racks and racks and racks of men’s hunting clothes.  Snow jackets, rain jackets, cold, warm and hot jackets.  Big pants, little pants, everything in between pants.  Thick shirts, thin shirts, long, medium and short sleeved shirts.  Clothes for over, clothes for under, clothes for if you’re caught in thunder.  Lightweight clothes, scent control clothes, upland, layering and blaze orange clothes. Clothes for all your hunting needs, whether it’s elk, deer, bear or goats you please.  Forests, marshes, plains or snow, let’s go hunting, men!  Let’s go, go, go!

And after wading through the vastness that is the men’s hunting clothes section, I finally found the women’s hunting clothes.  Both racks.  The first rack had a brand called OutfitHER.  Cute.  This rack had two jackets and two pairs of pants on it.  One jacket and pants looked like they were for snow.  I’m on the coast of Oregon.  It doesn’t snow here.  I have hot flashes and if I were hunting in the North Pole it would still be too hot for me.  Moving on.  The other outfit was a little lighter and for rain.  Oregon coast = rain.  Perfect.  I took a look.

The pockets on this jacket were interesting.  It had 2 outside chest pockets, 2 hand pockets and a sleeve pocket.  Let’s start with the 2 chest pockets.  I’m not sure why you would have pockets there.  I’m not really used to storing things on the outside of my boobs.  Let’s move to the cool little pocket on the forearm of the left sleeve.  Seems nice, but it’s small and again, I’m not sure what you would put there.  Then it had the regular hand pockets.  That’s it.  No inside pockets.  No big square pockets on the outside of the hand pockets for putting hunting stuff you want to carry around with you.

I saw a boys coat an the rack next to me.  I quickly did an inventory of the pockets.  The many, many, many useful and well placed pockets.  Hmmm… why could they not have all of those awesome pockets on the women’s coat?  Oh well.  The selection was limited so I tried on the rain suit.  It looked like crap.  I’m a size 4 and it made me look fat.  That’s hard to do.  Even my husband raised an eyebrow before shaking his head from side to side.

So… on to women’s hunting clothes rack number 2.  Here is the Cabela’s brand hunting pants and shirt.  I already have the shirt.  It’s your basic long-sleeve button-up shirt but it’s shaped for a female and stiff as hell.  Again, I see the little boys rack next to me.  I reach over and feel the boys hunting shirt.  It’s soft.  Very soft.  WTF?  I move on to the Cabela’s hunting pants.  Nice.  Lots and lots of pockets.  I like it.  Wait… Maybe these are supposed to be on the little boys rack next to me and some idiot put them on the women’s rack as a cruel joke.  Nope!  The tell-tale pink tag that legally must accompany all female hunting clothes reassures me that this is, indeed, for women.  I grab the only one close to my size before some other female sees it.  I’m tired and I don’t really want to fight over the only good piece of women’s hunting clothes in Cabela’s.

The pants fit!  They look good.  But, of course, they are too long because I am too short.  That’s okay.  I will have them altered before hunting season.  As I am on my way to the register to pay for my pants, I make one last pass by the women’s hunting clothes thinking that maybe I missed a rack somewhere.  I didn’t.  However, I am in need of a new hunting coat and it occurs to me that maybe… just maybe… that wonderful little boys coat will fit me.  I try on a medium.  It fits!  YES!  I love all the pockets.

Next stop: Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Their hunting clothes section is tiny.  The women’s rack is… well… one rack.  After trying everything on, I buy a Field & Stream women’s rain jacket and pants.  Size: small.  I smile.  I also get the Field & Stream women’s insulated bomber jacket.  It looks good on me.  My husband grins and gives me a thumbs up.  The rain suit is great.  No complaints.  The bomber jacket?  Well… much like the OutfitHER jacket I question why they can’t put more pockets on women’s hunting clothes.  Do the people that make these think that we don’t carry anything when we hunt?  Maybe the man that must be hunting with us is supposed to carry everything for us.  After all, we probably aren’t really hunting anyway.  We’re probably there to just be cute in our little hunting clothes.  And… the inside of all the Field & Stream clothes is red.  Yes, you read that right.  Red.  Because when I am hunting and I get hot and want to sit there with my jacket open, I want the deer to look at me and instead of not seeing me because I am in full camo, blending in with my surroundings, I want the deer to see some NOT camo; some good solid red.  Seriously… did they not think this through????

My final stop for hunting clothes shopping – WalMart.  I’ve been surprised in recent years over the fact that I have had good luck with finding hunting clothes at WalMart.  I bought a pair of Mossy Oak cargo pants that I love.  They have lots of awesome pockets and drawstrings at the bottom of the legs so, even if they are a little bit too long, no problemo!  I also got a long-sleeve camo shirt with a few buttons at the top.  Love it.  I bought one last year and loved it so much I wore it all year.  I think the pants were $19.99 and the shirt was $9.99.  You can’t beat that!

And the very last place I looked for hunting clothes… the internet.  Now here is where I am going to really rant because, frankly, this shit just pisses me off.  When I look for hunting clothes, the last things I want to see are camo bikinis, camo shorts that are so short your ass hangs out the back, cute little lacy camo nightys and lingerie worn by tall sluts and I definitely… and I mean I DEFINITELY have no interest in camo thongs!!!!  I am insulted that when I go to search for camo hunting clothes… TO HUNT IN… I have to wade through crap that was never, ever, ever meant to hunt in.  I can’t believe that many websites actually put this crap in the women’s hunting clothes section.

Is there a company out there that makes REAL women’s hunting clothes for REAL women, designed by WOMEN, FOR HUNTING???  Maybe I should go to kickstarter and raise the funds to start one.  Hmmmm…. definitely something to think about.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Founder of HerCamoShop.com, Shelly Ray.

HerCamoShop.com was founded by Shelly Ray.  Men have lots of choices when it comes to buying hunting apparel and gear and Shelly thought that women deserved the same thing.  She has searched the world over for the latest hunting gear, accessories, apparel and gadgets for the female hunter and has put them in one centralized location: HerCamoShop.com.  Shelly continues to search for the best products and constantly adds them to her online store.

Earn camo-cash when you shop at HerCamoShop.com.  What’s camo-cash you may ask?  Customers earn rewards on every purchase they make. For every dollar you spend you earn a 3% reward.  The rewards accumulate and then you can spend them at HerCamoShop.

HerCamoShop looks like a pretty good place to shop and they seem to have good prices.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Duck DecoysSometimes when I buy hunting gear I want the best.  That usually means a quality name brand that is known, rated well, and I know I can trust.  Other times, name brands just mean more money and that’s all.  I shop at Cabela’s a lot because of the selection and the brands.  But what’s my second favorite place to shop for hunting gear?  It’s a place where I know I will get a great deal and won’t spend very much.  It’s Walmart.

I have found some absolutely amazing deals on hunting supplies at WalMart.  After hunting season, I bought a treestand that normally sells for $179 for $49.  It was such a great deal I bought 2 of them.  Some of my favorite hunting t-shirts come from Walmart.

Here’s the deal.  Walmart has great prices every day.  The $179 treestand I bought is normally $99 there.  That’s a great deal to start with.  And then when they mark it down after the season… well that’s just a steal!  You can shop at Walmart online and you can see their deals, called “rollbacks”.  Shop by category, camo pattern or species you want to hunt.  They have a great selection at great prices.

Click here to go to Walmart’s hunting section.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Posted from Backyards and Big farms

Camo clothing is expensive and I don’t see the price going down anytime soon. Hopefully I can provide you with some tips to keep that clothing usable a bit longer.

-When washing, turn everything inside out.

-Wash in cold only.

-Unless your clothes are really dirty, I use the gentle cycle on all my camo.

-The only product I use to wash my clothes in is baking soda.  I am not saying there aren’t good products that might offer a scent free wash, I just don’t use them.  I usually line the bottom of the washer with baking soda, fill up the washer 1/2 way withclothes, layer with baking soda, load more clothes and top off with baking soda.  Just be sure to break up any lumps before you put the lid down.

-I have been told that hanging the clothes up to dry also cuts down on the wear and tear but honestly, that isn’t going to happen in my house.  So I usually put the clothes on medium or light heat.  Some dryers might state delicates.  I just don’t use the full high heat.

-If the clothes are going to be stored for the next season, I make sure they are completely dry then fold them up and place in plastic containers with a locking lid.

-If I am still using my camo, they are packed up either in a scent free duffle bag or the plastic bin I have designated for that season.

-I usually have a plastic bin for heavies and winter camo and then a different bin for spring camo.  That might seem redundant but I got tired of yelling who has my wool socks?  Where are my gloves?

-While camo clothing is designed to be tough and rugged, it doesn’t do anyone any good if it’s washed out and faded.  Sometimes just a bit more care will help you keep those much needed tools of the hunt a bit longer.

Happy Hunting!

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Duck DecoysWhen I buy hunting gear, it’s always nice to know what other hunters are using, what they like, and what they don’t like.  I try to talk to other people I trust and get their opinions.  Sometimes it pays off and sometimes I buy things that I just don’t end up liking.  But I’m sure that my hunting gear purchases lean towards the “good purchase” side because I do my research.

That’s where SportsmansReview.com comes in.   At Sportsman’s Review, you can find reviews on all kinds of hunting and fishing gear, like rainwear, game calls, trail cams, optics, decoys, stands, knives, tools, boats etc.  The list goes on and on.

You can look at a quick overall chart which compares brands or read full reviews if you want more detail.

Great site!

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Gamehide Trail’s End Jacket

I bought this Gamehide Trail’s End Jacket at Fred Meyer on sale for only $39.87.  I used it for elk hunting and couldn’t have been happier with it.

I stayed dry and was comfortable, even in the rain.  The jacket was surprisingly quiet and allowed me to sneak through the wood effectively.  It has a fixed hood with a built-in visor, two large zippered pockets on the outside and another pocket on the inside.  Drawstrings help to keep the wind out and the warmth in.

This is such a great jacket that I am finding that I am using it outside of hunting.  I recommend it 100%.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Giant Huntingwear Sale - Save up to 60% - Shop Now

Deer and elk season are over here in Oregon and if you’re like me, you’re already planning next years hunts.

Good hunting gear can be expensive and there is no better time to buy it then when it’s on sale.  Cabela’s is having a huntingwear sale right now!  Find yourself some deals and save up to 60%.  I looked around and they have a small selection of SHE brand clothing on sale as well as some other really nice coats.  So check it out, gear up now and save a little money.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Eberlestock Gunrunner Pack

When I go deer hunting, I tend to hunt on small pieces of land or in a blind.  There’s not a lot of hiking involved and not a lot of equipment to carry around.  But when I went elk hunting this year, that changed.  Not only did I need to carry my normal gear, but I also needed to take my rain gear, food and water.  Obviously, I needed to buy a good camo backpack.  I also realized that my arms tend to get tired holding a rifle for a long time, so I wanted a backpack that I could carry it in.

In my search I found the Eberlestock Gunrunner Pack at Cabela’s.  At a reasonable price of just under $150, the Gunrunner Pack is light and surprisingly comfortable.  It has a padded stowable waistbelt to stabilize the load and keep the weight off your shoulders.  With 1,800-cu. inches capacity there is plenty of room for the day’s essentials.  I easily packed it with my rain gear and hats, binoculars, range finder, knives, food, water and all the other little hunting gadgets I carry.  Several vertical and horizontal compression straps also let you grapple things to the pack.

This was a GREAT pack and I was totally comfortable wearing it all day.  It was really wonderful to have my hands totally free so that I could glass the hillsides for elk.  It’s worth every penny and I recommend this pack 100%!

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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At 3am the alarm clock went off.  Finally!  Getting up so early was not a problem since I had woken up about 50 times anyway!  Was I a little excited?  That would be a slight understatement.

After a pot of coffee and a high-protein breakfast, we loaded the car and were off to our guide’s house, arriving there just after 5am.  We transferred our gear into his super comfy Dodge Ram pickup truck and we were off to find elk.

The scenery was beautiful.

We arrived at our destination and I finally got to load up with all the awesome hunting gear I had purchased.  I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something truly exhilarating about being fully decked out in camo, masking your scent, blending into the surrounding woods and going hunting.

The scenery was beautiful, but that’s a given being in southwestern Oregon.  But still… it was green, breathtaking and ever so quiet and still since our guide, Todd, managed to take us into areas where nobody else was hunting.  We walked slowly and quietly as Todd showed us tracks from elk, deer, bear and cougar.  Along the way we found rubs from deer and elk, logs demolished by bear while looking for bugs and… a new one for me… elk wallows.  Every single part of the day was amazing.  But it was about to get even better.

Dave and Todd waiting for the shot.

Around 2pm we were hiking up a hill when Todd stopped in his tracks and held out his arm to stop us.  “Elk!” he whispered excitedly.  We all dropped and got out our binoculars as he showed us a massive bull on the next hill over.

“It’s yours” I told my husband.  And as he got out his gun I got out my rangefinder he had gotten me for Christmas and used it in a hunting situation for the first time.

“He’s at 300 yards”, I told him and he dialed it into his scope.  We all took our backpacks off and stacked them up for Dave to use as a gun rest.  The bull had his back to us so we all patiently waited for it to turn and give Dave a good clean shot.  It took a little time, but it was worth it as he finally turned sideways and opened himself up.  Todd gave the okay and Dave shot, hitting him right in the shoulder and sending him tumbling down the hill.

When we got to him, we were in awe of the size of an elk up close.  He was a 6×7 with a beautiful brown symmetrical rack with white tips that was beyond worthy of mounting.  Along the way several people saw him and we heard over and over again about how people hunt their entire lives and never get a shot at an elk that big.  Our butcher said that he had killed 16 elk in his life and none had come even close.

Dave’s amazing elk.

I’m sure that my husband, Dave, smiled for the rest of the day and that night dreamed of his elk.  Of course… I dreamed about his elk too, but wondered what my chances would be of getting one also.

I would find out soon enough…. the very next day.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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