Clothing also can affect your ability to perform safely and responsibly. Select clothing based on the weather you expect, while being prepared for the worst.
In warm weather, wear a hat and light clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible to prevent heat exhaustion or sunburn.
Cold weather conditions call for clothing that is worn in layers. Layers offer superior insulation. Also, as weather warms up, you can shed a layer at a time to stay comfortable. Layers should include:
- A vapor transmission layer (material such as polypropylene)—worn next to the body; it should release moisture from the skin while retaining warmth.
- An insulating layer—weightier or bulkier; it should hold warm air around you.
- A protective outer layer—available in various weights and materials according to conditions; it should protect the inner layers from water and wind.
The most important clothing choices are a daylight fluorescent orange hat and daylight fluorescent orange outerwear—a shirt, vest, or jacket. Daylight fluorescent orange clothing makes it easier for one hunter to spot and recognize another hunter because nothing in nature matches this color, often referred to as “hunter orange.” Hunter orange is not required by law in Arizona; however, wearing it is highly recommended and strongly encouraged. In many states, hunter orange may be required by law. The orange color of the clothing should be plainly visible from all directions.