Two years ago, my wife, Denise, and I relocated to Montana, allowing me to finally be the outdoorsmen I’ve always wanted to be. Luckily Denise has begun to ask if she can start shooting and going afield, too. I am really happy about this, but I have a big issue — her gear. Now, I know I’m new to the outdoors, but from what I’ve seen in magazines and websites, women don’t wear much of anything while they hunt or fish. For the most part, huntresses are practically naked. We went to Cabela’s and bought a women’s pair of pants and a jacket, but now I fear she may be overdressed. Do women wear clothing afield? If she wants to fish, must she don a bikini?
Overdressed in Outlook
I am silently applauding your gumption. You are the first male who has even written to Ask Writing Huntress!
To answer your question, women, on average, almost always wear clothing while hunting. For instance, the first time I ever shot a deer, I wore lots of warm clothes. I looked like the marshmallow woman, my hair a complete mess and my face, makeup-free, but I still shot a deer. In fact, not a single one of my previous duck hunts ever included lengthy pre-hunt hours spent in front of a mirror, applying layer after layer of makeup lacquer or arranging my bikini and cut off shorts just right in the case of an impromptu photo shoot.
Do keep in mind; most of the calendars and print ads are filled with females who do not actually hunt or fish — shocking stuff, I know. The models in the ads, save a few, have probably never fired shotguns, waded through quagmires of muck to retrieve downed mallards, cast lines in freezing temperatures, or found themselves elbow-deep in deer carcasses. That being said, these images should not be the basis upon which huntresses plan their hunting outfits...
For the rest of my response, check out this week's Ask Writing Huntress column on the Women's Outdoor News website!