So you’re a new hunter looking to conquer the great outdoors. That’s great but you can’t just tromp into the woods unprepared and uninformed and expect to be successful. You need knowledge, insight, and just a touch of luck.
With this series we’ll present you with the best information to get you started in the world of hunting. And for those of you with a few seasons already under your belt, maybe we can give you a refresher on The Basics.
The best advice about hunting clothes is the simplest: dress in layers. Temperatures can vary throughout the day leaving you either sweating or shivering but with a good base layer; you can strip down or pile on as many articles of clothing necessary to stay in the field all day.
Starting with the base layer, a good pair of socks can make a hunt. Look for thick, warm materials that help wick away moisture. You can layer socks as well, but doing so can cause bunching in your boot and leave you with blisters.
Next up, a full-body layer. We’re talking long-johns, a classic choice for keeping you warm in cold climates. People have been wearing some form of these traditionally wool garments since the 18th century. Today, there are many options for fabrics and designs that decrease heat loss while still keeping you dry. Try to find darker colors or camouflage in case you need to strip all the way down during those warm fall days.
It’s time to pile on. Start with a camo pattered t-shirt; something lightweight as this will be your last layer to shed should the temperature climb. Cover that with a long-sleeve t-shirt or turtleneck. Lastly, a soft-fabric top shirt that will lock in your warmth. Your needs may vary when it comes to layering. Just remember it’s always best to have too much and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Pants are more difficult to layer, so you’ll want to find a comfortable and sturdy pair that fits your hunting situation. If the forecast looks bitterly cold, look for insulated pants or overalls to provide the best protection from the elements. On a warm day, though, a pair of standard camouflage pants will do just fine.
Outerwear comes in many shapes and styles to fit your needs. You can use hooded sweatshirts, large coats, overalls, rain pants, even jumpsuits. Look for something insulated that can easily be rolled and stored in your back pack for as-needed use. And remember, whatever clothing you choose, always obey state regulation and make your last layer blaze orange.
You’re starting to look like a hunter but you’re going to need a way to carry those extra layers. Up next on The Basics, bags, satchels, and packs.