Just a few short years ago, a woman entering the average hunting lodge would most likely be followed by a man, and only after he had made special requests beforehand. There have always been women hunters, but until the last 5 years females seeking to hunt alone, or a group of women looking for a “Girls’ Hunt Out,” had remained a mysterious phenomenon. Historically outfitters have been hesitant to give such requests serious consideration. But with female hunters now noted as the fastest-growing demographic of hunters in the nation, the tide has changed, and a tsunami of outdoor women are breaking down the Great Barrier Reef of hunting tradition. In spite of the preconceived notions and challenges, outfitters are giving a nod to hosting serious women hunters. The benefits of serving women hunters include exposure, promotion and positive press, as women are more apt to use social media with unprecedented zeal to share good experiences and pictures, and shout praises from the rooftops.
I’ve been a participant and organizer of several group women’s hunts across the country; I’ve also been the lone huntress in a camp. One thing I’ve taken away from these experiences is that regardless of gender, each hunter will have his or her own expectations and version of what the perfect hunt should be. I have also become keenly aware that simply setting the proper expectations is key to a more enjoyable experience for all parties involved.
My hunting adventures started 15 years ago with my husband, and my expectations have evolved over the years, rising and falling much like thermometers in Texas. In an attempt to bridge the gap between assumptions and reality for both women hunters and outfitters, I asked seasoned women hunters and novices to provide some insight for outfitters who seek to add female hunters to their list of satisfied customers. This information will hopefully remove some mystique and provide a better chance for more enjoyable experiences for everyone. Here are some of the most prevalent responses I received from the women about what they would like when hunting with an outfitter:
My guide was a salty old guy who had never guided a woman and was used to most clients not being willing to help with cooking, splitting fire wood, gutting, packing, etc.
If you’re on a guided or semi-guided hunt, clarify what, exactly, the guide is responsible for. Will they get you to and from the blind in your vehicle or theirs? Will a guide be nearby should a problem arise? What’s their procedure for taking care of your harvested animal: Who will field-dress, gut, clean and quarter, and do they have locker for keeping harvest until you depart?
After a long day of hunting in the field, going back to camp to shed my muddy hunting clothes, have a warm bath, a hot meal and a clean place to lay my head for a few hours of sleep leave visions of wild game dancing in my head.
Sharing tips and advice below in comments is highly encouraged, as it will add to this article and help pave the way for many a woman hunter and outfitter in the future!
It seems that Girls with Guns Clothing offers women’s hunting clothes up to size 2X.
Good luck and thanks for reading Then WON!
Hello Donna! So glad you found the WON, as it is definitely one of the best resources online for outdoors women. Glad you enjoyed my post, and Thank you for taking the time to comment with your story. Congratulations on being the top contender in your household! That is something to brag about! GO GIRLS!! 🙂
Enjoyed your post! I live in South Carolina and am am avid hunter. I hunt with my husband and it is important that when I hunt, I know exactly what to expect. I have hunted and reviewed several outfitters (Female Friendly Hunting Destinations) and have a blog – camo365.com – all about girls who like to hunt and fish- dedicated to sharing experiences and tips when hunting. It is great to have reviews from women who very much know what women expect. I am usually a lone female hunter and that does not bother me a bit. Look forward to reading more of your posts.
Thanks, Maggie, for telling us about yourself. We’ll check out your blog and let’s stay in touch!
Hello Maggie! Thanks for taking the time to comment on my article! I am looking forward to keeping up with you on your blog. Sharing experiences really does help for all of us to make better memories, and also helps to inspire new huntresses that may have some misconceptions. Thanks again for sharing, and let’s keep in touch! Happy Hunting!
I happened upon this site quite by accident and was pleasantly surprised! Growing up with five brothers and a hunting father, how could I not be competitive when it comes to hunting. So far in my household I hold the record with a non-typical 10 point. My biggest problem in enjoying the hunting sport is finding hunting clothes for the plus size women. Can you guide me to a web site to accommodate me? Thanks. DM