Call us vain, but many of us female hunters grapple with the issue of trying to look at least marginally presentable when we are hunting, while at the same time being sensible about warmth, safety and time constraints. In my case, it is a distinct advantage to have a non-hunting husband who never sees me looking my absolute worst after a full day of hunting. For him, the fantasy is Glamour Linda, lithe suburban yuppie, and every hair in place and preened like a show poodle. For my hunting buddies, I stink of sweat, fox urine, doe estrous or swamp muck, have bad breathe, BO, pathetic hat hair and I even have been known to emit bodily noises which my alter-ego finds so profoundly offensive that I chastise severely the spouse or teenage child who dares behave likewise. Quite truthfully, any discernable difference between me and the men in camp, aside from voice octave, is so negligible that I once had a guy almost relieve himself in front of me, not realizing I was female.
On the other hand, makeup is not bad. I put a little on every day, even when I hunt alone. I didn't used to but decided that it does make me feel better so on it goes. I now bring makeup along to touch up for photos with the game I've killed. We do not have to look like cavewomen for the photo ops at hunting camp, after all. Even my genteel hunting grandmama, decked in jodhpurs, leathers and knee high lace up boots, took the time to look good back in the roaring 20s when she posed with her six pointer. If the guys give you the business, just tell them to take off their hats and they will back away. Another salvation to our femininity in the male dominated hunting sports is a great pedicure. Don't laugh. With pretty toes, you can have at least one thing on you that looks good. Also, the clothes you wear around camp at days end can be flattering even if your cammies are not.
Your first layer should be high tech underwear appropriate for the weather and made of a non-absorbent synthetic fabric that wicks moisture away from the body. There are many weights of underwear, from lightweight to expedition weight and you should have one set of each. In colder weather, your next layer should be a mid-weight fleece pullover, zip neck with long sleeves. Your third layers should be a shirt and pants, preferably in a camo pattern. Your final layer should be either coveralls, or bibs and a jacket. The temperature rating of your outer layers should correspond with your hunting seasons. For feet, your first layer should be either sock liners or a thin lightweight Marino wool sock like Smartwool brand, followed by a heavier wool hunting sock in cold weather. This two-sock combination means you will need to buy boots larger than your usual size. With size 9 feet, I buy men's boots in a size 7 because they are roomier in the toes. For smaller foot sizes, a woman's or youth boot will work. I personally have Rocky Buckstalker rubber boots for warm weather bow hunting, Rocky thinsulate waders for duck hunting, cordura/leather hunting boots with between 200-600 grams thinsulate rating, and Rocky Snow Stalkers and Sorels rated to 100 degrees below zero for coldest weather. For hands, I wear glove liners inside either insulated mittens or gloves. I always carry a hand muff with a chemical hand warmer too. A warm hat or full face mask are a must, but be careful not to fully cover your ears since you want to hear game as it approaches and some hats muffle sound. I like keeping a polortec zip vest or down vest in my backpack as an added under layer in case I get cold.