Every hunter knows that winter is the toughest season to master when it comes to hunting. This may not come as a surprise since most hunting perils come with the introduction of the cold months. Humans are not made to withstand the freezing temperatures on their own. Fortunately, there are tested tips that have been used by winter hunters for decades that will help you get the most out of your hunt.
Winter Hunting Clothes
Invest in winter clothes that will help you withstand the cold temperatures. A regular coat is not enough when on the frigid field. Dress accordingly from head to toe if you expect to harvest any game. Anticipate the weather to change for the worse, so dress in multiple warm layers. Before you go out on your big hunt, make sure that you have packed the following:
- Insulated coat or parka with thick, durable material
- Snow pants
- Undergarments and thick socks
- High-visibility vest
- Warm headgear
- Scarf or ski mask for face protection
- Snow glasses
- Quality winter boots
You must make sure that these clothes are warm enough. Insulation is critical to fend off the cold. Pay special attention to the winter boots you select, as your feet are farthest from your heart. Your heart pumps warm blood throughout your system, so your feet are more susceptible to frostbite since they touch the ground. A pair of insulated, waterproof boots will keep frostbite away.
Cold winds and low temperatures will debilitate you if you don’t take shelter as soon as you start feeling alarming changes to your body. The combination of proper shelter and a reliable heat source will keep your body at a safe temperature while you’re on a winter hunt. Most hunters go with a tent because they keep the wind out, but during the winter, you’ll need to invest in an insulated tent. When searching for a tent, keep practicality in mind; you’ll want a tent that’s not only easy to set up, but it should also be simple to disassemble.
When you’re out in the open field, you’re going to need a heat source to stay warm and productive. Winter hunting enthusiasts know that a fire-starting kit is one essential piece of equipment to carry in your pack. The best part is that you can make your own fire-starting kit at home. Here are some items that will help you start a fire:
- Stormproof matches
- Magnesium blocks
If you’re not confident in your fire-starting abilities, you can purchase a readily available fire-starting kit at your local hunting store. Store-bought kits contain all of the equipment necessary to start a fire. Practice starting a fire before going on your trip. There’s no use in lugging around a fire-starter kit if you aren’t even sure you’ll be able to start a fire.
Winter hunting is a rewarding experience if you’re prepared for the cold. However, if you’re a beginner, it’s recommended to hunt with a guide during your first winter hunt while you’re still learning. Contact R & K Hunting today to book your winter hunting trip with our experienced hunting guides.