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The weather at home and the weather in your hunting area might be very different! Check the weather forecast before you leave, and be sure that your hunting clothes are suitable for the weather.

Some of our worst weather is during hunting season…be prepared for it! Cotton clothes and blue jeans are terrible to wear in wet, windy weather. Cotton actually makes you feel colder in such weather. Wool clothes, and some modern synthetic fabrics, provide warmth even when wet.

hunter wearing layers of clothing
Notice how this hunter is using different layers of clothing.

Be Prepared for Worse Weather

Weather conditions can change quickly during the hunting season. A light rainfall can change to freezing rain in just a few minutes. Three feet of snow can fall overnight. Temperatures can drop 30 to 40 degrees in just a few hours. You need to be prepared to survive the worst weather conditions…not just the weather conditions of today.

Weathermen forecast the weather; however, the forecasts can change very quickly. Choose clothes that will handle changes in the weather.

One way to prepare for the worst conditions is to use the layering principle. You wear or carry with you several layers of clothing. As weather conditions change, you add or remove additional layers.

Overheating causes perspiration, and wet clothing makes you cold!

Layer your clothes. Control your body temperature with easy on, easy off clothes. Don’t forget that a hat helps keep you warm.

Dry is best! Dry, synthetic fleece or wool clothing is your best insulation.