How to Stay Warm While Hunting in the Winter

winter forest with deer in middle of snowy field

The winter weather doesn’t have to stop you from going out on to a hunt. However, there are a few extra steps you need to take. Namely, you need to dress for the cold. But dressing for the cold is more than just adding on layers and hoping for the best. Read on to learn some of our tips for staying warm on a winter hunt:

Dress in layers…but not too many where you sweat

Dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm during a hunt. These layers should look like the following:

  • A wicking base layer
  • A mid-layer that can be as light or heavy as the weather demands
  • A down-filled jacket on top of the mid-layer
  • A weatherproof outer-layer

However, it’s important that while you’re putting on these layers, you’re not putting on too much that will cause you to sweat. Remember, hunting is a physically intense exercise, and if you’re under too many layers, you’ll sweat like crazy and then quickly get dehydrated. So, always keep this in mind before you get dressed.

Don’t wear cotton

Cotton may help keep people warm, but you should never wear it on a hunt. Why? Because when cotton gets wet, it will stop insulating your body. This will happen if you start to sweat or if you get snowed or rained on. Do yourself a favor, then, and keep the cotton sweater at home.

Bring snacks

Your body will burn calories to keep you warm. You will also be burning calories as you’re walking, climbing, and hunting. So, be sure to bring plenty of sustenance on your hunt. Eat a high-calorie meal before heading out, and then bring snacks filled with complex carbs and proteins.

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