Hunters must dress for the weather

Published 10:10 pm Thursday, December 15, 2011

Many times, deer and large game hunters are not greeted with blue skies and warm temperatures. In fact, in most cases, these conditions are the least favorable to take a trophy buck.

Many times, hunters must brave the coldest of the cold temperatures during early morning and late afternoon hours to get a shot at their ideal target.

The biggest problem for hunters is often staying warm. Shivers and shaky hands can be the difference in a full freezer and frustration.

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The best defense, Rountree Outdoors owner Chet Chappelle said, is dressing for the part.

Creating a good base layer and building up, Chappelle said, is the key.

“A lot of people start with a layer of Under Armour,” he said. “That’s become really popular. From there, you can layer up with something thicker.”

The conditions, Chappelle said, will define how many layers are needed.

“Sometimes a heavy fleece will do, or a lined jacket,” he said. “Hunters will use a goose-lined jacket if it’s extra cold.”

Popular sellers have been Under Armour and Drake, Chappelle said, because of their effectiveness and durability.

Layering is so important because it allows the body’s heating and cooling systems to operate at maximum effieciency.

According to, layering also allows hunters to adjust to various levels of exertion to maintain a desired comfort range.

There are three main parts to layering. The first part, as Chappelle said,  is called the base layer The second layer is going to be your insulating layer. And the third layer works as an outer layer or shell.

The next-to-skin layer is just what it sounds like, an underwear or undergarment that will actually be touching the body.

This is considered the most critical layer. It’s also important to have waterproof clothing for a base layer, because sweat can have the opposite effect and actually make hunters colder.

The second layer is considered an insulating later. How thick this layer is will be determined by how cold the weather is, and if it is raining or dry.

The same is true for the outer, or third layer.

If there is a chance that you could get wet, then you would want to have a waterproof shell. If a material is waterproof, then it will also be windproof.

Unfortunately, waterproof and windproof items do not allow breath ability, so it is also important to know if the weather is going to warm up during the hunt.

With a little planning and the proper clothing, outdoors adventures can be enjoyable no matter the conditions.

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