- Sep 26, 2017
Rifle - look at Bergara B14 Hunters. They have the same LOP as my compact Ruger had. The regular off-the-rack rifle fits me perfectly. I bought 2 in the last year...love them. I don’t know what her shooting experience and comfort is, but in Alaska I would keep bears in mind when selecting a caliber.
Clothing - I love the women’s stuff from First Lite. Prois isn’t terrible, not quite First Lite quality but certain pieces are ok. I have not tried the Sitka women’s stuff. I supplement with good gear from non-hunting outdoors companies too as needed. It’s getting better, but the sizes and variety of gear types for women from the hunting specific companies are still fairly limited.
Question 3 is a tough one because we’re all different. I tend to be the independent type that wants to learn to do things myself. I don’t respond well when Hunting Husband tries to do too much for me. Others like having more help with things. You know her best. Communication about expectations before you get out there is probably key to making sure you both have a good experience. She should know what to expect out there and what she’ll have to do (how far? How cold? How heavy will the pack be?). You should know what she’s willing to do, what she’s not, what she wants to learn, what she would prefer you do. Once you both have a feel for that, then pick a hunt that fits within those expectations. After you have one under the belt, you can talk about the experience and adjust from there.
Good luck! My husband taught me and it’s been life changing. I can’t imagine not being a hunter now.
Really good advice here and from @EYJONAS! My wife came on her first hunt last year and I will add that I incorporated lots of things that were not necessarily hunting related that I knew she would enjoy. For example, I brought games to play for midday when I knew we would just be hanging out, lots of treats I wouldn't normally bring, a book to read, etc... I know everyone is different that way, but it was fun for her to do things she enjoys anyway and not focused 24/7 on finding game. I also noticed that when we talked about new experiences, such as her hearing an elk bugle for the first time in the pre-dawn light, she was really excited.
Let us know how it goes this fall!