Fashions in the Wilds
Sometimes I sit down to write about a subject and know before I start that I’m going to get myself in hot water somewhere along the line. With a subject that includes ladies, hunting, and fashions I’m guaranteed problems and some of them could probably come from my own household when I show a few pictures. Oh well, poor judgement never stopped me from writing before so why let it stop me now. Maybe I need to make a little disclaimer here to my bride so I’m not making my own supper for the next week. Dear, you look good in anything.
This whole subject never entered my mind until Terry over at Women’s Hunting Journal wrote a product review a month or two ago. Since then in watching outdoor shows I’ve given the subject matter a little more notice. I’ve found it kind of a source of humor to watch fashion become a bit more important than the actual hunt. Have you seen a young lady in stalk mode camo’d from top to bottom with the ear rings glittering in the sun light? No wonder its never been of interest to me as the hunt is why we are out there and to make a hunt successful shouldn’t the most important things include practicality, comfort, usefulness. This I understand leaves the door wide open because there are hundreds of ideas on what would determine this. But some of these clothes that are coming out are obviously fashion first. That’s fine, but please don’t call them hunting clothes. Maybe lounging around the lodge or house clothes, but not hunting clothes.
Sue and I just got back from spending a week in eastern Idaho bow hunting elk from a tent and several times I found myself ribbing her about her fashion statements in clothing. She definitely puts usefulness ahead of looks, but when its zero degrees out you have a tendency to do that. She also likes to haul along everything that she may need to use (I talked her out of the kitchen sink) so she can appear a bit balky at times. She is a fan of wool in wet and cold weather which does not compliment a ladies figure, but she’s never hesitated wearing it. I got to looking at her one day and recognized the wool pants as a pair I had bought for myself when we first married and the first time she washed them they were no longer my size. Her wool shirt I have no idea where it came from. I remember wearing it one time but I think she had figured out by this time how to make my stuff, her stuff.
Now here is a real classic.. it was about 4 degrees above zero, wind was a blowing and we had the ATV out doing a little scouting the evening before our first day hunt. Nice hat – its camo though. Carhart bibs she chose ahead of the camo coveralls I bought her, because of fit. The coat is the only thing that kind of looks in place – not real flattering, but its all practical I’d guess.
I asked her about the camo outfit and the white hat. Her answer was when an animal saw her crouched in the sage brush she wanted to look like a snow covered rock. Can’t argue with that as it looked pretty convincing to me. That Camo coat I believe was the 6th layer. Not real fashionable, but effective.
I may not survive putting this picture in here, but this is her lodge (tent) get up. I’ll have to agree a little, that some of this could stand some improvements. But even in the tent the temp wasn’t real hot at times so I sure wasn’t going to argue with her comfort level.
I had to go back and see how fashionable she was on her deer hunt and got some more chuckles. I believe she bought the pants (yeah, they are guys, but they fit better then mine do on her) and she likes them. But that shirt I remember twenty years ago when it fit me. O how we change. That vest is the remains of a long sleeve shirt I had, she actually makes it look pretty good. I believe she wears it for the extra pockets. Can’t forget the hat from Wal-mart, it says Remington on it and since she has a grandson named ‘Remington’, thats fashionable enough for her, and Mr. buck didn’t seem to mind.
I’m sure the industry in its infancy has gotten a little carried away with looks and fashions, but hopefully it will start leaning a little more to practicallity, usefulness, and comfort in the field wither its in the desert or in the mountains of Alaska. There’s a lot of ladies out there that are serious hunters and they do deserve a little more attention when it comes to their clothing needs.
Seriously, I’m hoping some clothing manufacturer is able to make me apologize for this because then I’ll know we have arrived already.