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Clothing 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. In addition, 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—available in different materials; it should hold warm air around you. Wool is the best all-around choice for insulation because it can provide warmth even when wet.
  • A protective outer layer—available in various weights and materials according to conditions; it should protect the inner layers from water and wind.
Hunter wearing layered clothing

Wearing hunter orange clothing makes it easier for one hunter to spot and recognize another hunter because nothing in nature matches this color. Missouri law requires the hunter orange color to be plainly visible from all directions during firearms deer hunting seasons. The most important clothing choices are a hunter orange hat and hunter orange outerwear—shirt, vest, or jacket.