I grew up in an area of the United States where growing your own food was considered the norm. We only bought stuff if it was an absolute necessity. To us the word “substitute” meant “we don’t have any, so figure something else out”; NOT go to the store and buy it.
The climate was perfect, but the soil was not, so we worked at it ‘til it produced some groceries, and it was the ONLY WAY to feed a family of 9 (yep, we grew up Catholic).
We also fished, which included bass, catfish, the infrequent flounder and grouper, crawfish, oysters, and VERY rarely lobster (I know, you don’t “fish” for crawfish, oyster and lobster, but they’re seafood, anyway.) Red meat included deer, rabbit, squirrel, and the occasional beef (which we did buy). We also ate lots of chicken (it was cheap), quail, wild turkey, and other unidentified birds (usually mixed in with the squirrel, rabbit, etc. in a big pot of gumbo). Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!
Naturally, I learned to hunt, fish, garden, can, freeze, clean fish, etc. What I didn’t have was the clothes and cool stuff to go with it. Guess what, ladies? I’M MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME!
Prois Hunting Vest
This lovely camo vest fits a female figure like a glove! The Sherpa is soft and warm, and the vest is reversible orange for hunting visibility. We use it at work, too. The ladies in the warehouse all have one, and even the ladies in the office are hooked on them.
This is an item I’ve personally done a lot of research on, since I not only like to shoot guns and bows, I also kayak and ski in the winter. In Ohio it’s critical to keep your feet warm if you’re going to be outside for extended periods of time. My pick is the newest item in warm footwear: Bushnell’s new line, made by a 100+ year-old company called Trimfoot. They’re soft, warm, durable, nice-looking, and affordable, and coming soon to www.SmittysRancho.com.
Don’t you just love those cute gardening boots? I really like the Hunter Royal Horticultural Society collection (Hunter RHS). Lots of different designs and colors for slogging through thick mud, heavy rain, and just a dew-covered veggie garden. A bit pricey, but worth it!
Mathews Jewels Bows
Now, I know there’s a lot of very dedicated women out there who hunt with a bow, and they have their favorites. I didn’t learn to shoot a bow until after I met my hubby, and I just inherited his old Bear bow, and it’s been around for ages. I know, it’s reliable, but it’s not very attractive. I just happen to think it’s high time for a change. I keep telling my hubby if I could look at my bow and be inspired by it’s beauty I’d make more time to practice, but alas, I still don’t have one of these beautiful Mathews Jewels. I think I’ll add it to my Christmas Wish List. ~sigh~
Prois Pro Edition Jacket
I must close with my absolute favorite piece of outdoor clothing, my jacket, the Prois Pro Edition Jacket. It is soooo warm that sometimes I have to shed a layer out from under it to stay comfortable, even in the frigid North. From building snowmen to kayaking, I use this jacket for everything I do outside in the winter (except for skiing).