When it comes to hunting gear the clothes you wear is one of the most important things to consider. In this post, we’re taking a look at what works for me in the places I hunt. A lot of this info will apply no matter where you are or what type of hunting you’re doing. But when we start talking about specific pieces of clothing you might need to switch things up for your own needs.
I hunt elk in relatively high elevation areas where temperatures can swing pretty dramatically within the span of a few hours. A 50-60 deg swing isn’t uncommon. The weather can also change rapidly. As mentioned in previous YouTube videos I don’t like to carry a bunch of stuff, so the layers I do have with me need to be versatile to deal with the changing conditions. And when it comes to versatility you just can’t beat merino wool!
Merino is like a miracle fabric. Unlike any other fabric in the world it has the ability to keep you warm in extreme cold, cool when it’s hot, it maintains it’s loft and insulating ability even when wet. It’s dead quiet and it does not stink! These last two things I’ve found to be very important in the type of hunting I do most often – close quarters, backcountry bowhunting.
Let’s talk about noise. One of the things I pride myself on it the ability to get “breath holding” close to big game on a regular basis. When you enter into that hypersensitive zone of awareness that all big game seem to have there is no room for error. Any mistake or stoke of misfortune and the gig is up. Having clothing that doesn’t rustle, hiss, scrape, jingle, etc. is pretty damn important especially if you’re trying to draw a bow for a shot. Merino is silent in motion!
What about scent? Something I’m asked about often is, “What do you do for scent management”? This is it. I wear merino wool. That’s it. For the type extended backcountry hunts I do, taking a bath, washing clothes every day, or most of the other scent control techniques employed by so many whitetail hunters back east, is just impractical. Elk season is a grind. I’m up at 4am and in the sack no earlier than 10pm most days, day after day after day. Merino doesn’t allow the bacterial growth that causes BO. I’ve worn this stuff for weeks without a proper washing and it just doesn’t stink. Try that with synthetics and you’re going to smell like a$$!
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