Every new hunter is always faced when a bit of overwhelm when they go into a sporting goods store and walk past all the jackets, boots, weapons, and other pieces of clothing. Figuring out what type of hunting apparel is the best for you can be a bit tricky.
But having some knowledge can help you walk into the store without too much trouble and will allow you to quickly walk back out again without getting overwhelmed.
Here are 5 things you need to know about hunting clothing before you set out.
How will you be hunting?
This one will change a bit depending on the type of prey you are going after, but typically there are two types of hunters.
Hunters that move through the area, looking for tracks and other signs to lead them to an animal, and hunters that take up a sniping position in a tree or blind, and wait for the prey to come to them.
If you are going to be moving a lot, you want clothing that will be silent and maneuverable when you walk.
But if you are sitting, you can prioritize comfort over function.
You’ll need to have layers
While most hunters tend to focus on the camo jackets and blaze orange patches on the outside of their clothing, the layers underneath are just as important.
Having some layers can be a lifesaver in cold and wet environments, but you need to pick the right material for where you will be hunting.
Keep things Light
Having a good set of light weight hunting clothes can help give you all the benefits of heavier layers, such as keeping you warm, while also allowing you to move and not get overheated.
Many pieces of hunting gear adopt a less is more approach, and by using several light pieces in combination with one another, you won’t be waddling around in seven layers.
What you wear can change you
Think about the last time you’ve been cold, wet, or hot.
The first reaction was probably you deciding to go home and get the offending articles of clothing off.
Well, the same thing will happen during the hunt if you aren’t careful, so making sure you are comfortable is also something to consider.
Think about your pants
While this article has mostly focused on the top layers, the bottoms you wear are no less important.
Look for a set of pants that will keep your legs warm in any temperature, while also keeping your noise level to a minimum as you walk.
Clothes Make the Hunter
Once you come up with a basic clothing set, such as two layers, a jacket, and good pants, then you’ll be able to further customize it as needed.
You can add more layers, accessorize, and add other gear based on where, when, and what you are hunting.
The right set of clothes can make or break a hunt, so make sure you have the right ones!