A Clothing Layer Guide for Every Outdoor Activity
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Hunting - What Should I Wear?
Where are you going to hunt, what type of hunting are you going to be doing and in what season will you be hunting? These are the questions that you'll want to answer before you get geared up for the hunt. Where you are going will determine the type of camouflage that you'll want to wear. An avid hunter will be prepared with many different types of camouflage to match any type of hunting environment. For the serious hunter, there is a camo pattern to match any type of terrain. You can look at some of the patterns here: Realtree Camo . Some of the standard camo patterns you will find in most hunting stores are Advantage timber or Woodland camouflage.

After selecting the pattern that will best fit your hunting environment, you will next want to consider the type of hunting you will be doing. Most game hunting requires a great deal of walking or hiking and is therefore strenuous enough to cause you to sweat. Depending on the game that you are hunting, you will want to wear clothing designed to block your scent or one of the many spray on scent blockers. If you are just going to be riding your ATV to your deer stand or to sit behind your blind, you probably won't sweat as much, but it is still a good idea so invest in something to hide your scent. If you're hunting in hotter temps, you'll want to wear as little as possible while staying completely covered. There are many products out there now that are thin, lightweight, very breathable, and for the most part lock in your body's scent. They wick the sweat off of your body and dry quickly so that you don't stay wet with sweat. Traditional cotton products retain odor and sweat and are therefore not as effective.

The weather and temperature that you will be hunting in will make your clothing choice a critical decision. I've had several friends who have had to call their hunt a bust because they half froze to death. Had they dressed appropriately, they could have stayed long enough to actually have a shot at something to bring home. If your sitting on a deer stand or behind a blind in cold temperatures most of the day or night, you need to use the layering system to help your body stay warm. If you haven't read my post on layering, you can read it here: Layering for Cold Weather Activities . You'll want to use the layering system on almost any winter hunt. This allows you to adjust your clothing to match your level of activity.

These are pretty much general guidelines for hunting. I'll have plenty more posts here to discuss footwear, headwear, gloves etc. that will make your hunting experience more effective as well as comfortable. If you love to hunt, you shouldn't have to worry about the conditions that your hunting in. All it takes is knowing what to wear. Wearing the right hunting apparel will allow you to focus on what you are doing and why you are out there.
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