The countdown to Christmas has begun, and the frenzy of the holiday shopping season is upon us. In need of a gift for the special huntress in your life? Not to worry, we've done the hard part for you. Here’s a handful of gift ideas that she'll appreciate for years to come.
ALPS OutdoorZ Monarch X Women’s Pack Designed to fit a woman’s frame with contoured shoulder straps, a smaller waist belt and a shorter torso length, the new Monarch X meat-hauling daypack from ALPS OutdoorZ is perfect for the Western backcountry huntress. It features a built-in stow-away meat shelf, dual aluminum stays to help distribute weight evenly and comfortably, Lycra shoulder straps with built in load lifters, and a molded foam waist belt, which includes quick-access pockets on either side, anti-sway straps and accommodates clip-style holsters. The pack has four compartments; two fleece-lined side wing pockets, a front organizational pocket and a main pocket. The drop-down rifle/bow pocket allows for hands-free carry, and multiple compression straps—including lower bedding straps and extension lashing straps—are also included. The Monarch X weighs 5.25 pounds and is available in Coyote Brown. MSRP: $199.99; alpsoutdoorz.com.
Over Under Women’s Waxed Briar Jacket You can’t go wrong purchasing a high-quality waxed jacket for women who enjoy upland hunting. Over two years of research and development went into crafting the Women’s Waxed Briar Jacket from Over Under, and the result is a comfortable (yet fashionable) timeless piece. It features a custom plaid tartan lining, side snaps for an adjustable rear taper, tartan-lined handwarmer pockets, two rear zippered riding vents, an interior zipper phone pocket, custom Over Under antique brass buttons and a removeable blaze orange safety strip located under the collar. The Waxed Briar Jacket also comes with a 2-ounce tin of Over Under Wax Treatment to ensure it stays looking as great as it did the first time she wore it, and is covered by Over Under’s 101 Year Lifetime Guarantee. Available in Field Tan (pictured), Olive and Navy. MSRP: $349; overunderclothing.com.
Prois Olann Merino Base Layers Staying warm while hunting is critical—whether male or female—and one can never have too many base layers. The Olann Merino line from Prois is constructed of 96 percent merino wool and a 4 percent Lycra blend, resulting in a comfortable fit that allows for full range of motion while keeping her warm in cold weather and cool in warmer temperatures. The ½ Zip has a long torso cut for an athletic fit and thumbholes in the sleeves. I’m a huge fan of thumbholes, especially in base layers; they allow me to put on my next few layers without having to reach halfway up the sleeve to shimmy them back down to my wrist. The Bottom keeps legs warm without added bulk and its wide elastic waistband is comfortable and stays in place. The racerback Olann Bra provides the support necessary for all-day active hunts. The merino fabric used in the entire Olann line wicks away moisture and is naturally anti-microbial, which minimizes odor. I wore the Olann base layers on a recent whitetail hunt in Illinois and can attest to their effectiveness, and of equal importance, they aren’t itchy! They’re available in the new women-exclusive Cumbre pattern developed by Veil Camo and Prois. MSRP: ½ Zip $159.99, Bottoms $99.99, Bra $79.99; proishunting.com.
Ariat Women’s Berwick GTX Insulated Boot The Women’s Berwick GTX Insulated Boot is the perfect combination of style and performance that female hunters will undoubtedly appreciate. Made from premium waterproof full-grain leather, the boots feature a GORE-TEX breathable plaid lining, 200g Thinsulate insulation, a comfortable shock-absorbing midsole and an Extra-Luggy Duratread outsole with a heel kick feature that makes them easy to take off (a true life saver). The Berwick GTX Insulated’s full-length back zip and front lace system allows for a customized fit. Whether pheasant hunting or spending the day riding, you can’t go wrong with these boots. MSRP: $439.95; ariat.com.
Legendary Whitetails Women’s Open Country Shirt Jacket What female won’t appreciate something cozy to wear while sitting by the fire at hunting camp? The Women’s Open Plaid Country from Legendary Whitetails is made of 100% cotton and lined with soft poly fleece—perfect for when it’s too warm for a heavy jacket, but cold enough for more than just a long-sleeved shirt. It features quilted, satin-lined sleeves, side seam pockets and vertical chest pockets. Available in Rustic, Navy Kelp Plaid and Fuchsia Navy Plaid. MSRP: $59.99; legendarywhitetails.com.
Revision Outdoor Eyewear Hunters who require performance and durability from their gear in even the most extreme conditions need look no further than Revision Outdoor for their eyewear needs. The brand’s sister company, Revision Military, has been making battlefield-proven eyewear for military and law enforcement agencies for over a decade. The company currently offers three different models of eyewear; the Pursuer, Caller and Seeker (pictured above), all of which feature polarized anti-fog/anti-scratch lenses that meet military ballistic impact requirements. Each model is available in three frame colors and three lens options to fit your specific needs and style preferences. Prescription lenses are also available. All Revision Outdoor eyewear comes with a microfiber-lined storage pouch, pro bag, custom retention strap and a lifetime warranty. MSRP: $279; revisionoutdoor.com.
Sitka Women’s Jetstream Jacket/Timberline Pant The Women’s Jetstream Jacket and Timberline Pant are perfect for the do-all hunter. The Jetstream Jacket offers complete wind-proof protection with a Gore Windstopper membrane and a micro-fleece lining. The jacket’s DWR finish sheds water, and the two zippered chest pockets are perfect for stealthy, quiet access to essentials such as a rangefinder or GPS unit. The Women’s Timberline Pant features a low-profile waist to prevent bunching up, reinforced, waterproof seat and knees and removable knee pads for extra protection. MSRP: Jetstream Jacket $299, Timberline Pant $229; sitkagear.com.
Filson x Mossy Oak Camo Large Tin Cloth Grab ‘N’ Go Tote Bag A girl can never have too many totes. The Filson x Mossy Oak Camo Large Tin Cloth Grab ‘N’ Go Tote Bag makes it easy to carry hunting essentials such as shells, extra clothing, calls or dog accessories in style. Made from oil finish Tin Cloth, the tote is water-repellent and abrasion resistant. The nylon webbing handles are stitched for a comfortable grip and wrap around the bottom of the tote for extra support. The zippered top closure allows for extra protection from the elements, and two side stow pockets offer quick access to essentials. Dimensions are 14″L x 8″W x 14″H. MSRP: $150; filson.com.
Danner Women’s Wayfinder Boot The new Danner Women’s Wayfinder is the company’s first boot designed 100 percent for the female hunter. An 8-inch height, along with laces that start deep in the toe, provide full-length support and a snug fit. A waterproof barrier will keep her dry while allowing moisture to escape. Nylon and suede construction is durable and resists abrasion in rough terrain. With a shock-absorbing footbed, narrow heel and rugged Wayfinder outsoles, this lightweight boot is built for women who go the distance. Available in Brown/Buff and Mossy Oak Break-Up Country 400G. MSRP: $140-$150; danner.com.
Cordova Soft Sided Cooler Perfect for on-the-go hunters, the Cordova Soft Sided Cooler weighs only 2 pounds, yet can hold enough cold food and drinks to get you through an all-day sit with an interior dimension of 14.5″W x 10.5″H x 7.75″D. The cooler is built with a durable 1000 Denier nylon shell and includes a waterproof liner and durable waterproof zipper. Robust nylon handle straps make carrying easy and include daisy chain loops to clip keys, lights or other essential items on with a carabiner. MSRP: $169.99; cordovaoutdoors.com.
onX Hunt Membership With features such as public and private land boundaries with landowner names, various waypoint capabilities, hunting districts and management unit divisions, topo maps and aerial photos all in one app, it’s never been easier to scout for a new spot. The app functions with no cellular service and can be used on other electronic devices. An onX Hunt GPS Chip can also be purchased to integrate the software with a GPS unit. Additionally, onX Hunt just came out with a “Wind & Weather” feature, which shows users current weather, wind direction, barometric pressure, sunrise/sunset times and has offline data caching. MSRP: $29.99 per year for one state, or $99.99 per year for all 50 states; onxmaps.com.
Weatherby Mark V Camilla Last year, Weatherby introduced its first female-specific hunting rifle—the Vanguard Camilla. For 2018, the company has expanded their options for female hunters with the Mark V Camilla. The new rifle shares the same specialized stock designed for women featured in the company’s Camilla line, and is equipped with the company's revolutionary six-lug Mark V action, an adjustable match-grade LXX trigger and a hand-lapped, stainless steel fluted barrel with a recessed target crown. The rifle is available in two versions; the Mark V Camilla Deluxe, which features a Monte Carlo AA-grade claro walnut stock and weighs 6.5 pounds, and the Mark V Camilla Subalpine, which features a weather-resistant composite stock finished in Sitka Gear’s Gore Optifade Subalpine camo pattern and weighs 5.75 pounds. The Mark V Camilla is available in .240 Wby. Mag., 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win., .308 Win. and .30-06 Sprg. MSRP: $2,700; weatherby.com.