A successful hunting expedition depends on the choice of equipment and clothing, as it does on the hunter’s level of experience. Additionally, the right apparel enhances the hunting experience by making it safer, more enjoyable, and comfortable.
Choosing the right clothing depends on the type of hunting, the geographic conditions of the hunting area, if there is camping involved, and the climate conditions. A quail hunter in the southern states should go for strong canvas pants lined with nylon, which will protect the skin from thorns and briers. On the other hand, deer hunting attire should be quiet, warm, and water repellent. Additionally, the attire should contain activated charcoal sandwiched between the different layers of clothing. The charcoal masks the human scent, making it difficult for the deer to detect the hunter.
When it comes to cold weather hunting gear, technology has played an important role in enhancing the hunting experience and making it more successful. The three most important aspects of cold weather hunting apparel include:
- 1. Ability to protect the skin from moisture
- 2. Insulation
- 3. Ability to allow greater freedom of movement
Heater Body Suit
Many people describe it as a sleeping bag with legs, due to its ability to keep a person out of site. It allows a hunter to zip it over his or her clothing and wait for the prey to approach. When the prey approaches, the hunter can silently unzip the body suit from the inside and grab the hunting weapon.
The heater body suit is cozy, even in the worst conditions, and has many other benefits; for example, it has excellent camouflage capabilities, it hides the hunter’s hand movements while inside the suit, and is easy to tote from one location to another.
Cold Weather Pants
One of the most important features to consider when choosing cold weather pants is the fabric. Superior fabric enhances the outdoorsman’s comfort, keeps out moisture and cold air, and allows silent movement. Ideally, the base layer of the pants should be made of synthetic fabric, which is breathable and repels bacteria and moisture. The insulating layer should be made of a quick drying fabric that locks in body heat, while the outer layer should feature a wind resistant, waterproof fabric.
The design of the pants is also important since it determines the level of comfort that the outdoor explorer enjoys. The design should include reinforced seat and knee areas, as well as reinforced hems and seams, which improve the pants’ durability, and help to keep out cold air and moisture. Other features to consider include the insulation level, camouflage capabilities, and the availability of ample pockets and belt loops.
Cold Weather Boots
Boots are among the most critical of hunting equipment. Wet and frozen feet can force hunters and hikers to give up early and head home. Cold weather boots should be insulated, waterproof and breathable in order to keep feet warm, guarantee dry feet and prevent bad odor.