Early fall is an incredible time to hunt deer; unpressured bucks have broken up from their bachelor groups and are rather predictable on food sources. A major disadvantage and one that keeps many hunters from trekking to their favorite hunting spot is the inopportunely warm conditions during early season hunting. Hunting in warm weather and high humidity can get uncomfortable quickly; particularly with temperatures that are above 80 degrees in most states during those early fall months.
Early Season hunting can be the most challenging season when deciding what to wear, more particularly for women hunters because of a limited availability of quality hunting garments. With chilly pre-dawn mornings that rapidly warm up to the hot and humid conditions throughout the day and then drop swiftly in the late afternoon, it is important to be prepared with layers that can be removed or added as needed. The South-Southeast can be the most brutal. Humid and muggy mornings heat up so quickly you usually sweat on your walk to the stand and catch a chill once in the stand, sitting still. It is important to wear clothes that are breathable and made of moisture wicking properties that are easy to layer. What you wear into the woods can make a huge difference in how comfortable you are and how long you endure the hunt, especially if you are stalking and/or exerting energy.
The materials that garments are fabricated of are vital and can make a significant difference in comfort and performance. It is important to know that cotton and cotton blends absorb moisture and do not allow the material to breathe which, in turn, will not allow you to perspire. Perspiration is the body’s means of cooling. Research and technology and has incorporated the body’s natural function of perspiring with new performance materials that wick away sweat from the body and allow the body to breathe and naturally cool. These new materials also perform well in cool temperatures by keeping the body drier and fending off chills from dropping temperatures. Another great feature of these new wicking materials is that they not only withstand the elements well, they are durable, launder well and are fast drying.
Older technology and design made waterproof or windproof clothing noisy and less breathable. Not until the last few years have companies had the technology to make waterproof/windproof membranes of lighter, quieter, breathable more comfortable materials. Most of the garment companies that offer early season hunting wear are now offering water resistant or waterproof lightweight clothing, which is always an added benefit with rapidly changing forecasts.
Many of the hunting clothes manufacturers offer products in a variety of styles and prices from which one can choose items that are sure to fit into any budget. All but a few well known hunting clothes manufacturers offer a variety of women’s hunting clothes, a few of these companies that offer complete line of hunting wear for women hunters are BassPros Shops, Browning, Cabela’s, Prois Hunting Apparel and ScentLok Technologies. Let’s take a look at what these companies have to offer women hunters for warm early season hunting.
BassPro Shops’ SHE Outdoor series offers a complete line of women’s hunting wear for all seasons. The SHE Outdoor C2 Series is ideal for early season hunting made of machine washable, 93% polyester/7% spandex stretch fabric for unrestricted range of movement with a windproof/weather-resistant lining.
The SHE Outdoor C2 pants feature articulated knees, reinforced kick plates, zippered ankle cuffs, inset button-down cargo pockets, handwarmer pockets and two roomy rear zip pockets. The snap closure waistband has a zip fly with belt loops. The lining of the C2 pants is a premium fleece lining with natural wicking properties and the stretch fabric allows for unrestricted comfort and mobility. The SHE Outdoor C2 pants are available in sizes XS-XXL in True Timber Kanati.
Fabricated from the same lightweight stretch fabric, the SHE Outdoor C2 jacket features a safety harness strap pass-through, a full-length front zipper with storm flap, raglan sleeves, zip cuffs and a drop-tail design for extra coverage. The jacket features an array of pockets and bonus handwarmer pockets with storm flaps and a zip pocket located on the chest. The SHE Outdoor C2 jacket is available in sizes XS-XXL in True Timber Kanati.
The water and wind resistant lightweight, breathable shell fabric of the Hell’s Belles Ultra-Lite jacket and pants incorporate ADDvanced Scent Control for the maximum control of odors when hunting in warm temperatures. Both the jacket and pants are designed with a contoured fit for the perfect fit on the female physique.
The lightweight construction shell fabric and a soft fleece lining that features revolutionary ADDvanced Scent Control significantly reduces human scent. The jacket features a full-length front YKK zipper, internal cuffs block drafts, two on-seam pockets with zipper closures, a license tab, and corded zipper pulls for easy handling. Pink camo contrasts accent the jacket. Available in sizes S-XXL in RealTree Xtra or Mossy Oak Break-up Country with pink camo accent panels.
The Hell’s Belles Ultra-Lite pants feature the same woven, polyester performance material with ADDvanced Scent Control. The pants feature a no-slip rubberized, fully constructed waist with zippered fly, belt loops, two front hip pockets and one rear zippered pocket. Open cuffs are designed with a zip-to-the-knee opening with waterproof zipper. Available in sizes S-XXL in RealTree Xtra or Mossy Oak Break-up Country with pink camo accent waistband.
Cabela’s OutfitHER, Made in the Shade series is fabricated with 100% durable nylon construction that wicks moisture and incorporates 4MOST UPF sun blocking properties. This 4MOST UPF technology fabric adds extra sun protection to the material allowing it to block the percentage of the ultraviolet rays from the sun. The material is machine washable.
The ½ zip shirt is reinforced with a storm flap, YKK zippers, a zippered chest pocket and a zippered kangaroo pocket. The shirt has a UPF rating of 30. The shirttail length is an ample 29”. The OutfitHER, Made in the Shade ½ zip shirt is available in sizes S-3XL and in Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands.
The five-pocket pants offer the same moisture-wicking 100% nylon plain-weave material in a UPF rating of 40 with 100% polyester side panels, form-fitted for the female physique. Mesh lined, zip front slash pockets, one zipper thigh pocket and two rear pockets, YKK zipper closure, articulated knees to reduce bulk in high movement areas and belt loops. The OutfitHER, Made in the Shade five-pocket pants is available in sizes 6-16 with a 32” inseam in Cabela’s Zonz Woodlands.
Prois Hunting Apparel is among some of the most durable women’s hunting clothes retailed that have a tailored fit without the bulk. The company’s slogan says it all, “Take pride in not being one of the guys.” With additional features such as scapular drop pockets for hand warmers, lumbar compartments for storing light items, zipper cover tabs and thumbholes it is easy to see why so many women favor Prois Hunting Apparel.
The Pro-Edition jacket is constructed of a three-ply compressed fabric bonded with wind stopping and water resistant laminate with a soft outer shell and a nylon tricot lining. This design provides for much less bulk than jackets made of other materials. The form-fitted design allows for layering without restricting movement. The jacket features a removable hood, scapular drop pockets, lumbar compartment, deep-set zippered pockets, tapered sleeves with thumbholes and a zipper cover tab at neck to avoid chaffing. The Pro-Edition Jacket is available in sizes XS-XXL and in Mountain Mimicry, Realtree AP and RealTree Max1.
The soft, sturdy, snag resistant Pro-Edition pants are designed with a natural waist and extra room through the hips and thighs where the female physique is much different than males. The waistline has side elastic stretch panels, snap and zipper closure, belting and tab buckles for close fit, belt loops, knee pleats and elasticized cuffs with cord lock cinch cuffs. Two zippered waist pockets and two side leg pockets with magnetic snap closures keeps items secure. The Pro-Edition pants are available in sizes XS-XXL in Mountain Mimicry, Realtree AP and Realtree Max1.
The perfect combination for warm weather hunting is the moisture wicking, extremely breathable, odor absorbing ScentLok Wild Heart Savanna line. Carbon Alloy that combines treated carbon, activated carbon and zeolite works together to maximize odor absorption.
The Wild Heart Savanna jacket is constructed of a lightweight two-way stretch fabric with raglan sleeves and a safety harness access in the back of the jacket. The lightweight material and female fitting design of the Savanna jacket makes this jacket a great layering piece as well as an outer layer. Available in sizes XS-XXL in RealTree Xtra.
Made of the same hard working, easy wearing fabric, the Wild Heart Savanna Pant features six pockets, elastic waistband, belt loops and draw-cord ankle cuffs for a secure fit. Available in sizes XS-XXL in RealTree Xtra.
It is important to look for the correct performance type material for the season you will be hunting and to buy each piece with a comfortable fit that allows for layering if necessary. With the proper clothing for the weather you will experience, your hunt will be more enjoyable and you will be able to comfortably stay on the hunt longer.
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