Other Clothing Essentials
A hat or cap with earflaps and gloves to retain body heat—most body heat is lost through the head and hands; gloves also protect your hands from abrasions and rope burns
Footwear that is sturdy, suitable for the conditions you’ll encounter, and broken in before the hunt
Two layers of socks—polypropylene against the skin and a wool outer layer
Boots: Consider Comfort and Safety
Boots that fit poorly or that have improper soles or treads can cause problems. Soft-crepe boot soles with little or no tread are exceptionally quiet if you decide to still hunt. However, while these soles will allow rocks to bite into their soft surface and give you good traction on rough terrain, they can be slippery in dry leaves or on moss, thereby causing a fall. Make sure your boots—and all of your equipment—are well-suited for the weather and terrain you'll encounter.
- Camouflage garments include shirts, jackets, pants, hats, gloves, boots, belts, head nets, and rain gear.
- Most firearms, bows, arrows, quivers, and other equipment are available with camouflage finishes.
- If you prefer not to wear camouflage head nets or gloves, camouflage face "makeup" can be applied directly to the skin.
- Pay close attention to any shiny items on your clothing, such as a belt buckle. They usually can be dulled by a permanent black marker. Also check for any bright, reflective surfaces on your equipment, including shiny broadheads on arrows. This attention to detail will help you have a successful hunt.