Happy First Day of Autumn! Already, the air is getting crisper, the leaves are changing colors, and the temperature is beginning to drop. It’s time to switch out your summer clothes for your fall wardrobe, and for many of us that includes breaking out our hunting gear.
Now if you’re deer hunting in Georgia, your clothing will probably differ from your buddy’s up in Iowa. Any seasoned hunter will tell you that geographical location, type of season, and the time within that season will affect your clothing choice. The options are endless and the more you hunt, the more clothing and gear you will acquire. But if you are new to hunting, or maybe just looking to do some shopping, here are a couple ideas on what to wear for your hunts in the upcoming seasons.
Heading to the Field
The transition has begun from the very end of summer to the beginning of fall. For the most part, it’s starting to cool off but not enough that you need to wear multiple layers. For upland hunting, you may want to look at some light or mid-weight clothing depending on the seasons. Earth tones tend to be very popular among hunters but that doesn’t mean camo isn’t always an option!
Ahhhh, fall is my favorite time of year! Summer is officially gone and the temperature is starting to drop. You may stick with some light or mid-weight camo, or depending what state you live in, you may need to start layering. You never know when winter is going to hit, so it’s good to have options.
Out of nowhere, it’s winter. While some grit their teeth and opt to stay inside by the fire, you’ve been in the woods since 5am. Comfort is essential for a successful hunt. Make sure you have the clothing to stay warm for hours on end while still mobile (that means insulated!). You’re going to want to invest in some quality base layers, gloves, hats, etc. You may want use your light or mid-weight hunting shirts and pants for layering. But as for your outer layers go, here are some ideas.
Waterfowl seasons may occur at different times during the fall/winter. Depending on the time of year and your state, you will need to dress accordingly whether you opt for lighter weight or insulated camo. However, if you’re going waterfowl hunting you’re going to be near or in…. you guessed it, water. Getting in the water to place decoys? Waders will become your best friend. Hunting in marshy areas? Well, waterproof is still the way to go.
It is important to know your state’s blaze orange requirements, which will change depending on the season. The good news is, outdoors stores and hunting brands make blaze orange accessories at an affordable price. From hats to vests to gloves, you can’t go wrong. Just double and triple check your state’s laws before going out on a hunt and make sure you are wearing the appropriate amount of blaze.