Superlite Hunting Clothing , Hunting in the heat–By BJ Holdsworth

January 02, 2016

So lucky in New Zealand and Australia we can hunt all year round, with so much opportunity we are fortunate—just imagine living in the US where in some States can only rifle hunt for three weeks of the year.  Summer Hunting downunder is great, long daylight hours, animals out in the open and bar-be-qued venison, its a tradition and one I really enjoy.

The order was Fallow does with a freezer looking vacant in the Steak section and a new rifle scope to zero in and test– why not make a rifle hunting video why we are at it just for fun..

The game had us in a nice valley with a small bunch of fallow does at around 300 yards—no wind and plenty of time to take my shot it looked to be an easy prospect, with my buddy Graeme on the camera and at full zoom we both had the doe in question broadside ..I had dialled in the distance relaxed and things felt pretty good, the bipod had things rock steady, my right trigger finger slowly but surely taking on the sear, in an instant the 139 grain interlock blazed a trail sizzling an honest landing right through the base of the deer’s neck, the group of animals stood dumbfounded until realisation that Jane Doe was dead and quickly departed, my first rifle shot deer in a couple of years was done and dusted only there was no proof of the lucky marksmanship someone had forgotten to hit record and hunt was largely undocumented..After a quick photo session with some apologetic innuendo by my camera man we decided to hunt on and see what was on the other side we gutted the Doe and would return to pick her up later. Dropping down to the bush edge we found a yearling with some young bucks at a handy 150 yards setting my rifle up on the top of my Contour pack it felt very steady, this was necessary to give me the elevation over the long summer grass. The shot landed true right in the base of the neck and we had a double it was especially good with the action caught in HD and would be used for a video in the mix.

 

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So with two animals loaded on the Honda we came home , this would keep us in good faith venison wise after strictly bowhunting for two years it had been a refreshing change to go out and nab a couple with the rifle and yes the cuts were delicious on the bar-be-que both Graeme and I enjoying the tender table fare..

Just two weeks later we decided to have a crack at a red hind the Red deer were due to start fawning any time so options were either a yearling  or a heavily pregnant female we had to be careful not to shoot one with a fawn at foot–while hunting in Summer has its rewards it still has to be ethical. We found a group of hinds in the bottom of a nice valley one morning but got busted due to an annoying wind shift so we decided to head home, it was fairly windy but still huntable, we found a hind heading for shelter out in the open it was a mile away but I had an idea where it was headed. We decided to travel the distance with the motor cut on the Honda and get all our gear as close as possible, two tripods three cameras and a rifle takes some shifting..Setting up some 235 yards from the Hind which was bedded was done with care and stealth with a few thistles to hide behind we managed to get it sorted. A Spiker wandered up from some scrub below but we let it walk this would be a good stag one day, shooting good stag potential when a female is right there is a waste. So some twenty minutes later she finally arose Graeme had the camera rolling and the cross hairs were steady I touched off the shot and she fell in an instant the bullet striking her hard in the top of the shoulders. We had a big job with this deer, when we walked up to her she looked huge there was no way were getting her out whole without a trailer, incredibly she dresses out at 89 kilograms one of the largest hinds we have shot for sure, she certainly provided some great Summer dining with steaks sausages and burgers which went down a treat over Christmas , hungry hang on relatives devouring my bar be que cooking with great appreciation..

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With hunting the heat of late Spring right through to mid autumn the right gear keeping us cool is necessary with these hunts I wore the Summerlite trousers and Shirt by Hunters Element, it kept me cool, prevented any sunburn and concealed well, the fabric is very fast drying and feels almost like silk against your skin the comfort is way better than cotton, it breathes very well also making it the ultimate in Summer Hunting apparel..


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JACKET AND SHIRT SIZE

Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. The sizes below are not the sizes of the garments, but the size size of the persons chest as certain layers are made larger to fit base and/or mid layers underneath.

BASE/MID LAYER

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53

 

OUTER LAYER

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 90-95 35-37
XS 95-100 37-39
S 100-105 39-41
M 105-110 41-43
L 110-115 43-45
XL 115-120 45-47
2XL 120-125 47-49
3XL 125-130 49-51
4XL 130-135 51-53
5XL 135-140 53-55

 

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WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your trousers would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 

INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our trousers, to the base of the inner leg.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85

 

OUTER LAYER TROUSER SIZE

Our outer layer trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular trousers. The sizing is therefore larger than our regular trousers. Below are the dimensions of the outer layer trousers.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85

 

WOMEN'S SIZE (CM / INCH)

This is the measurements of the person, not the garments.

 SIZE CHEST WAIST HIPS
8  84cm / 33" 74cm / 29.1" 106cm / 41.7"
10  89cm / 35" 78cm / 30.7" 110cm / 43.3"
12  94cm / 37" 82cm / 32.3" 114cm / 44.9"
14  99cm / 39" 86cm / 33.9" 118cm / 46.4"
16 104cm / 41" 90cm / 35.4" 122cm / 48"  
18 109cm / 43" 94cm / 37"   126cm / 49.6"
20 114cm / 45" 98cm / 38.6"

130cm / 51.2"

 

BOOTS SIZE

All sizes are US men's sizing. Measure from the from the back of your heel to the end of your longest toe.

US FOOT LENGTH (approximate)
6 9.3 in / 23.6 cm
7 9.6 in / 24.4 cm
8 9.9 in / 25.2 cm
9 10.25 in / 26 cm
10 10.6 in / 26.8 cm
11 10.9 in / 27.8 cm
12 11.25 in / 28.6 cm 
13 11.6 in / 29.4 cm

 

GAITER SIZE

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SIZE
CALF SIZE
 S
380mm
M
410mm
L
440mm
XL
470mm
2XL
500mm

 

GLOVE SIZE

SIZE
LENGTH CM WIDTH CM
S 18 9
M 19 9.5
L 20 10
XL 21 10.5

 

KIDS SIZES (CM)

This is the measurements of the person, not the garments.

 SIZE CHEST WAIST HIPS
4 60 56 62
6 64 58 66
8 68 60 71
10 72 64 76
12 76 68 80
14 80 72 84
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