Selecting the best of hunting gears is something a passionate cold weather hunter can never miss. A hunter needs to prepare for the next well in advance.
If you are a beginner, then you would need this basic checklist on what gears a cold weather hunter generally needs;
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o Carry your ID in a wallet.
o White coat – if you are hunting in snow.
o Base Layer.
o Tight-fitting sweatshirt.
o Woolen sweater.
o A hooded jumper.
o A pair of sweat pants or joggers.
o Waterproof white pants or snow pants.
o Top layer.
o Woolen Headgear.
o Warm woolen gloves.
o Toe warmers and socks.
o Winter boots.
o Face mask like a Ski mask.
o Bottle of water.
o Toilet paper.
o Fire Starter in waterproof packs.
o Ropes, hoists (if it is needed).
o Ammunitions, rifles and other related accessories.
o Gun wraps for hunting in snow.
o Carry your hunting tags in a zip-lock bag fasten into your cover.
Following a checklist is step-step of the hunting prep. Now, grab a few tips on gearing up for your own safety.
Tip 1. Covering your head will protect your head and keep you warm. You can either pick a 2-in1 fleece headgear with a dropping mask or just tuck your face mask into your headgear. Choose a face mask that covers your face maximum and is breathable.
Tip 2. Hunters, especially bow hunters require the warm hand to shoot accurately. Keep your hands and fingers warm with wool gloves. Try flip-top gloves or Fleece-Lined Ragg Wool gloves from Heat Factory with pockets and detachable cuffs. You don’t want to miss a shot for shivering in the cold. A few extra pairs won’t make your backpack heavier.
Tip 3. Pick a right pair of hunting boots that keeps your feet dry and warm during those chilly hunting hours. Nothing beats woolen sock when it comes to insulation. Foot warmers are large warming packets that keep your feet insulated up to nine hours.
Tip 4. Underwear retains your body heat. Try out the polyester-made thermal underwear that is 100% cotton. You can even wear them at home under your clothes.
Tip 5. Pullovers are perfect for cold protection and hoarding your important gears. Pick hooded one made with breathable material. Hunting jackets are best at keeping you comfortable in cold conditions. But, they should be waterproof, and wind-resistant.
Tip 6. Prepare your hunting gears in advance. Check your rifle and firearms. Plan what will you do when you spot your prey. You don’t want to feel helpless and miserable out there in. Right?
Tip 7. Have a right diet to keep you warm from within. The basic diet of cold weather hunters consists of oatmeal, peanut butter sandwich, and pasta. No surprise; they call it OPP diet.
Tip 8. Always tuck in your jacket and sweatshirt. Don’t let the body heat escape. Dress up like an onion with several layers, but that should not limit your body movements. You are ought to be swift there.
Finally, you need to protect your core, keep it warm!