Live on the 2A Guardian with Gabby Franco

I stayed up past my bedtime last night to do a LIVE interview on the 2A Guardian show with my good friend, Gabby Franco. I give you five hunting tips, plus tell you how to take care of your game before and after the shot, so you have the best tasting meals on your table. In case you missed our live chat, I’ve embedded the replay below.

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Apparel Designed for the Female Hunter

A while back I shared a review about rain gear designed for the female hunter. It’s made by Field & Stream, and I have even more good news. Now they have even more items in their line up to help you during your pursuits.

Field & Stream® Offers Apparel Designed for the Female Hunter

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 1, 2017) — Field & Stream, a specialty outdoor retailer and product brand owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods, offers a variety of quality apparel options designed specifically for the female hunter. Stylish and built specifically to fit the female body, the women’s hunting apparel promises durability and performance afield.

The women’s hunting apparel can be found in Field & Stream and DICK’S Sporting Goods stores nationwide and at and

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“I’ve enjoyed the Women’s Every Hunt Collection from Field & Stream on all of my hunts this season. No matter the temperature, the Every Hunt Collection truly lives up to its name by offering versatility and comfort in just about any weather.” – Field & Stream Pro Staffer Melissa Bachman

Field & Stream Women’s Base Defense Midweight Mock Neck Base Layer Shirt and Leggings

BaseGroup (4)The Field & Stream Women’s Base Defense Midweight Mock Neck Base Layer Shirt and Leggings provide ultimate support for outdoor activities, no matter the climate. From beating the heat to fighting frigid temperatures, this base layer system will keep the female hunter warmer and drier than ever. NoScent™ C3 Technology, sweat-wicking fabric and 4-way stretch material ensure the huntress remains comfortable, dry and undetectable in the woods. Brushed fabric provides soft comfort and warmth, while flatlock seams prevent chaffing. The top and leggings are feminine cut for a more shapely fit. The long-sleeve shirt features thumbholes to keep sleeves stretched out and an extended back hem for coverage, while the leggings feature a front-fly opening.

Field & Stream Women’s Every Hunt Softshell Jacket and Pants

EveryHuntJacketGroupThe Field & Stream Women’s Every Hunt Softshell Jacket and Pants provide the versatility female hunters need in the outdoors. Use these pieces as stand-alone garments when temperatures are mild, or add on a base layer for additional warmth in cold weather. NoScent C3 technology provides scent control, while hydroRepel™ fabric ensures water resistance and its quiet bonded fleece guarantees silent movement. The jacket features two zippered hand pockets, one zippered chest pocket, adjustable hem and cuffs and a safety harness opening behind the neck. The pants feature two hand pockets, two zippered cargo pockets, two back pockets, an elasticized waist with belt loops and a zippered fly.

Field & Stream Women’s Every Hunt Softshell Hunting Gloves

FSHA00804XTRA_RealtreeXtra_FRTBCK (1)The Field & Stream Women’s Every Hunt Softshell Hunting Gloves protect and conceal hands without limiting movement. NoScent C3 Scent Control Technology keeps odor at bay, while the Amara palm patch, silicone-print grip helps the huntress hold on to her bow or firearm. The camo gloves feature stretch cuffs to make pulling them on and off easy.

The Field & Stream Women’s Game Trail Realtree Xtra Waterproof 800g Field Hunting Boots

bootsThe Field & Stream Women’s Game Trail Realtree Xtra Waterproof 800g Field Hunting Boots are specifically designed to fit the female foot. HydroProof ULTRA waterproof technology seals off any excess moisture, while Agion® anti-microbial lining keeps feet dry and fresh the entire hunt. The 800g of Thinsulate® insulation offers warmth when it gets cold, and the durable rubber outsole provides durable traction and control on rugged terrain. The leather and nylon canvas upper ensures long-lasting quality on the trail. Its lightweight EVA sockliner and midsole offers superior cushioning, shock absorption and comfort.

Field & Stream Carolina Hunting PackpackThe Field & Stream

Women’s Carolina Hunting Pack keeps essential gear and accessories protected and easily accessible throughout the hunt. Specifically designed for the female hunter, this hunting backpack features a large-capacity main compartment, front accessory pocket, two internal pockets and two deep side pockets. It has a contoured back panel with EVA padding and mesh to ensure comfort and breathability on long treks. Padded shoulder straps and sternum strap adjust for the ideal fit. The pack features a rugged nylon top handle and rain fly to keep gear dry, and its 1200 Denier bottom improves durability. Its hydration-compatibility features a hose port, internal sleeve and hose holders on the straps.

About Field & Stream Specialty Store

Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more. As of July 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 25 Field & Stream stores offering top of the line in-store services along with a wide variety of top national brands including Remington, Huk, Carhartt, Shimano and Yeti, in addition to its exclusive offering of Field & Stream products. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing LLC., and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine. For more information, visit

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Sitka’s First-Ever Women’s Performance Hunting Lines

Last week at SHOT Show the first thing I found is the new women’s hunting line by Sitka. You may have thought I came across it at their booth during the show but I actually found it during Range Day.

With a slight breeze and a bit of a chill, our group took a tour of the tented booths right away. As we were saying hello’s to our friends at the POMA booth, I spied a woman shaped mannequin in the background. She sported a camouflage pattern, which I recognized right off, and with hearts covering my eyes, I made a beeline right to her. sitka-gear-first-ever-womens-performance-hunting-lines

It’s the first ever women’s Sitka line, and I tell you, the quality is that of what the industry has come to know by the manufacturer. I’m always looking for the best women’s hunting wear to share with you, so check this one out.

Sitka Gear Unveils Its First-Ever Women’s Performance Hunting Lines

sitka-logoBOZEMAN, Mont. (Jan. 4, 2017) – Sitka Gear, the leader in performance hunting apparel, introduces Sitka Women’s Gear. The all new performance layering system, designed and tested by women, will be available in Elevated IITM as well as the all-new SubalpineTM pattern.

Sitka designed the new line to give female hunters comprehensive systems specifically tailored to the female form. Sitka worked with accomplished female designers, product engineers and hunters in the time-consuming development of its Women’s Line.

“We are excited to see that more and more women are hunting. With the understanding that there was an unmet need for premium women’s gear, we’ve designed a line of products to ensure that women hunters are experiencing the same quality we produce for other audiences,” said David Brinker, Big Game Manager at Sitka Gear.


Some key features of the Sitka Women’s Collection include technical styling and fit, new integrated female specific technologies, a permanent PolygieneTM odor-control treatment, and availability in the same science-based GORETM OPTIFADETM Concealment patterns as the men’s lines, including Elevated IITM for the tree-dwelling whitetail hunter and the new SubalpineTM pattern for vegetated environments. 

The Sitka Women’s Line will be available for pre-order exclusively at on March 15, 2017.

About Sitka Gear

Sitka Gear, based in Bozeman, Montana, created and leads the technical hunting apparel category. The company is recognized for its commitment to continually improving the hunting experience and supporting wildlife conservation. Sitka Gear products work together in systems, and each piece is designed and tested by the company’s core hunters, athletes, and ambassadors. Sitka Gear is owned by W. L. Gore & Associates, an advanced materials company well known for GORE-TEX® fabrics and many other industry-leading innovations that provide durable comfort and protection to outdoor enthusiasts. Go to to learn more about how Sitka Gear helps the driven focus on their pursuits.

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Big Game Hunting – 3-Step Layering System by Prois® Hunting Apparel

Prois® Hunting Apparel Utilizes 3-Step Layering System to Enhance Thermoregulation

GUNNISON, September 2, 2016 -Mother Nature is wildly unpredictable. Hunters are often blindsided by an instantaneous change in weather while afield. This is why a good layering system is the key to success when going hunting. With multiple layers of clothing, each performing a different function, hunters find it easier to properly manage body tempurature and adapt to unexpected weather changes as needed. Prois® specializes in a 3-step layering system- base layer, insulatory, and shell. All of which are durable, functional, and compact, without sacrificing comfort and silence.

A lightweight, breathable base-layer is a good starting point for most big game hunts that require lots of hiking and strenuous activity. The Prois® Ultra line is the perfect all-around base-layer for these hunts. The Ultra shirts are constructed of Prois’ signature polyester birdseye wicking fabric to create an athletic shirt that will easily fit underneath outer shells. They come in a variety of styles for different activities. The Ultra backcountry, Ultra Hoodie, and Ultra Long Sleeve are all available at

prois-womens-hunting-apparrell-0e2a7084-11a1-41a5-ad1d-f5f566fd2f98The 2nd layer in Prois’ 3-step system is the insulatory layer. When your core, or torso, is warm it readily releases blood to the extremities, which in turn helps to keep hands and feet warm. This is why a vest is such a good choice for hunters. Furthermore, a vest can easily be stored in your pack as temperatures rise. The Pro-Edition Vest is wind and water resistant, with deep set hand pockets for additional storage or a soft place to rest your hands. A zipper garage at the chin reduces chaffing from the zipper mechanism.

“Spend more time with your family and friends, whether it be outside, hunting, at the shooting range or around the table, savoring all life has to offer.” MM

Couple the Pro-Edition Vest with either the Pro-Edition or Generation-X Jackets to complete your 3-step layering system with a durable, silent, and fully functional shell. They are each lined with Prois’ signature Nylon Tricot lining system, which makes them easier to don over multiple layers. The Pro-Edition Jacket features a detachable hood, which makes it extremely versatile. Both jackets are soft, silent, and wind/water resistant to ensure your comfort and success in the field. They also include Prois’ signature scapular pockets located between the shoulder blades to further enhance thermoregulation.

All of these items come together in an effort to further add to your hunting experience. They are each featured in the following camo patterns: MothWing Mountain Mimicry, Realtree AP®, and Realtree Max1®.

View the complete line of Prois® Hunting Apparel at or call (970) 641-3355 to receive additional advice from the staff on recommended sizing and camo patterns.

About Próis Hunting Apparel
Prois was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

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Hunting Pants for Women by Girls with Guns Clothing | Mia’s Motivations

Last year when I went on a mother-daughter whitetail hunt with the folks at Remington Country, which required me to find some new Mossy Oak gear. I say “required”, but as you know, I love trying new hunting gear. This show is sponsored by Mossy Oak and Girls with Guns makes women’s hunting gear in this pattern.

My daughter is on their pro staff so she already had some of GwG’s gear, but I hadn’t worn it myself. I ordered a set of pants, shirt, and jacket so I would have everything in Mossy Oak.




Let me first tell you about the pants!

Mossy-Oak-womens-hunting-mid-w_light-w_pant_1_1024x1024One thing I noticed when the gear arrived is that it does have little pink accents, which I’m not a fan of, but they’re small enough that they’re okay.

These pants are run a bit small, which I knew because I had tried my daughter’s on first. I ordered one size up and they fit perfectly when I put them on. They do have a few significant adjustable factors to them. They have velcro at the waist so, if you have a larger rear end and a small waist, you can actually adjust the velcro so that they fit comfortably

They also have belt loops, which I just love because I tend to wear my belt with either my multi-tool, my handgun, or a rangefinder. The belt loops are a major plus. They’re very sturdy there and my gun belt fits through them.

The pants have 6 pockets. There are two large front hip pockets, two very nice size rear pockets, and two cargo pockets. The hip and rear pockets both have snap closures. The side cargo pockets have dual zippers on them. This is a feature that confused me when I first saw it. But with the zippers in two locations you can actually get into the pocket while you’re standing or sitting. If you happen to be sitting in a tree stand or in the brush you can actually zip the side zipper and reach in without any problems. That’s a really neat feature that I had never seen before.

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The ankle zippers allow you to unzip and remove the pants over your boots. They also have snaps, which allow you to adjust the pant length from 32” to 36”. I really admire the adjustment factors in these pants because of their capability to fit women of so many sizes, and you know we come in a million shapes.

Not only are these in a Mossy Oak Infinity pattern, but they’re made of a durable polyester-spandex material. The fabric fits firm but doesn’t bind or constrict your movement. Due to the time of year I hunted, I ordered these in the midweight, but GwG also makes a lightweight version. The mid has a micro-tricot lining, which offers wind and water resistance.

Overall, I love these pants. One thing I think some of my friends may not like is that they are a junior fit. They have a low rise. However, as I mentioned they do flex and move with you. I feel the rise is high enough that my backside isn’t showing when I squat or bend. Follow me on my social sites, or comment on the video below, and let me know your thoughts on these pants.

GwG Midweight Pants MSRP 129.99

GwG Lightweight Pants MSRP 109.99

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Packing for a Turkey Hunt | Hunting Gear for Women

Springtime turkey hunting in Colorado includes extreme weather conditions. I’m packing to head out and guide a hunt. So what will I be throwing in the duffel? Watch here and see a list below.

  • These socks were given to me by Farm to Feet. I absolutely love them.
  • A couple years ago First Lite gave me these Camo Base Layers to field test. They score high on the board.
  • WSI Sports sent their cold gear base layers for me to field test. They’ll be ideal, if the temperatures are below zero, as predicted.
  • I’ve been field testing the First Lite Women’s Guide Pant since last fall. They are ultra comfortable, durable and designed with a true hunter in mind.  – COMING SOON!
  • Field & Stream sent their Women’s Rain Gear for me to test last fall, and it hasn’t rained much. If you’ve turkey hunted in my neck of the woods, you know I’ll get rained on now!
  • I purchased the Girls with Guns Clothing, Puff Jacket for a hunt that required Mossy Oak Camo, last fall. It’s a great jacket, with a great price.
  • The Danner Boots in this video are no longer in production. I purchased them five years ago! #QualityHuntingBootsforWomen
  • BassPro sent their SHE Insulated boots for me to field test, during last year’s New Zealand hunt. They’ve been added to my list of faves. Comfort, waterproof, insulation, and traction are all key features here.
  • I’ve been in love with Swarovski Optics  for years. These were purchased by my Mother-In-Law. Swarovski EL Range 10×42




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Women’s Hunting Boots – Western Whitetail

An improper fitting boot can ruin a hunt, so it’s important to find a good one. Feet are made of all shapes and sizes, so everyone’s favorite hunting boot is different.

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•NEW• Women’s Hunting Line by Girls with Guns Clothing



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Girls with Guns™ Clothing Launches NEW Hunting Apparel Line



Wichita, KS – October 25, 2014 – Hadley Development LLC. has announced an agreement to manufacture and distribute a new line of  premium hunting apparel under the Girls with Guns™ label. According to Michael Northrup, President of Hadley Development, “With the help of Jen and Norissa, we have developed one of the most functional and great-fitting lines of hunting apparel that follows the Girls with Guns™ philosophy of ‘Fashion meets Function'”.
Women and fans of the brand have been asking for years for GWG to bring a lineup of hunting apparel to market, finding the fit of their already popular fashion line to be spot-on.  With perfected fit and a passion to turn ordinary hunting garments into fashionable pieces that would function in the field, Hadley was proud to be part of this new launch featuring Mossy Oak® brand camouflage. Continue reading…


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