When I first started this project, I really wasn’t aware of all of the necessities you actually needed in order to go outside and hunt. Along with the proper compound bow and arrows, there are other items I started researching — mainly what type of camouflage would work best for my size and stature as well as what type of safety harness I will need in my tree stand.
I already have my Elimitick gear ready for any brush I plan to sit in, but for my tree stand, I wanted some fitted camouflage made for women. There are so many brands and styles out there, but many do not offer women’s sizes or fit, and we’re stuck with stocky youth camo, which doesn’t make me feel like a strong hunting woman — it makes me feel like I’m relegated to the little boys club.
Luckily, I found some great fitting camouflage through Under Armour and am now completely outfitted for my upcoming fall hunting season. Bow season starts in Vermont on Oct. 4, and I’m already counting down the days — albeit a bit nervously.
Once I get up in my tree stand, using a safety harness is essential — especially since my stand will be about 16 feet off of the ground. I don’t get a safety net. The ground, while cushioned with some fairly successful food plots, isn’t something I want to get acquainted with while holding my bow loaded with a broadhead. So I have a Hunter Safety System HSS-Contour harness made especially for a woman’s stature and size. It weighs in at about 2.5 lbs and it’s a fairly easy weight to wear along with the rest of my gear.
With both camouflage and a safety harness hanging in my closet, I think I’m about set with my bowhunting gear. Now, how many days until Oct. 4?
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