Tips for Cold Weather Hunting
It’s winter, and hunting season is upon us. If you’re a hunter, you’ll spend more time in the woods than usual, and the cold can be uncomfortable if you’re not used to it. Even though Mexico doesn’t get drastic temperature drops, it can still get cold. Here are some tips on how to make your next hunting trip successful.
When choosing your hunting gear, think about it in layers. The most important thing is to wear a base layer next to your skin, then layers of insulation on top—this helps keep you warm and dry. Avoid cotton, as it holds moisture and doesn’t insulate well. Wear a hat and gloves if you can, or at least have them handy to put on during the hunt.
One of the most important things you can do to maintain your ability to stay warm is to keep your feet dry. If you’re spending a lot of time sitting in an open blind or on a tree stand, it’s easy for water and snow to seep into your boots and get trapped against your skin. The wetness will cool you off faster than anything else, so make sure you don’t leave any room for moisture by wearing proper socks and waterproof boots.
Hand warmers are great for keeping hands nice and cozy during breaks from sitting still outdoors in the cold weather—and they’re inexpensive. If you’re using an infrared heat lamp for warmth at home, bring one with you so that after sitting still for long periods without moving much. Your hands will stay warmer than they would otherwise be without engaging in other activities besides holding binoculars or rifle supports.
While you’re out in the woods, consider investing in a heated seat cushion. Heated seat cushions are portable and can be used in a car or truck, on a boat, ATV, or snowmobile, and even at home. These little gems are also great for keeping your backside warm while sitting outdoors.
It can be pretty cold later in the afternoon. The last thing you want is to be stuck outdoors when it gets dark. Consider hunting in the morning or evening instead of at midday. Look for less populated spots with hunters, as these tend to be more peaceful and productive for the most part.
And remember, if you’re a warm-weather hunter who wants to try cold-weather hunting, don’t be afraid! One of the best things about hunting is getting out and enjoying the outdoors. Just keep these tips in mind, and you’ll have a great time enjoying the beauty of wintertime.
–Geraldine Orentas is a writer in partnership with Marv Golden Pilot Supplies.