How To Choose Outerwear For Your Next Hunting Venture

Keeping yourself dry and warm while hunting is what can make the difference between a miserable day and a successful hunt. While there’s no question that you need to invest in a quality gun for hunting, picking up durable and warm outerwear ensures you’ll be able to stay out long enough to actually use it.

Different hunting conditions require different types of outerwear.  For example, a coat that is more wind-resistant than warm, would not be suitable while hunting for elk in Canada. Jackets come in a variety of linings and offer multiple levels of warmth, making them ideal for a wide range of climates. If you’re serious about hunting, here’s an overview of different outwear you’ll want to consider.  Remember that you should always choose hunting gear that is appropriate for the type of game you are after, as well as the environment and location in which you will be hunting.

Breathable Waterproof Outerwear
If you’re hunting in the rain or anticipate getting wet in a marsh on a duck hunt, make sure that your outerwear is durable and waterproof.  Find clothing that is made with a breathable membrane that allows body heat to escape when you’re tracking down a deer.  This prevents overheating, while keeping you dry in the pouring rain with its waterproof finish.

Wind Resistant Jackets
Hunting trips that take you up on ridgelines, or mountain sides will expose you to quite a bit of wind, which calls for a heavy duty jacket that can resist each gust. Duck jackets are a type of wind resistant jacket that provides you with a tightly woven shell of heavyweight, 12-oz. 100% ring-spun cotton duck made from plied double yarn. Whether you’re on the move or sitting still, duck jackets give hunters the protection they need when they’re most exposed to the elements.

Outerwear for Extreme Temperatures
Hunters face some of the coldest temperatures when they’re out in the woods before sunrise and the frost is still heavy on the ground. If you’re facing extreme temperatures, find outwear suitable for your environment. Heavy  flannel lined jackets and outerwear are ideal choices that provide the warmest protection available. You should always look for a style that allows mobility while keeping you warm and dry.

Outerwear made with Sandstone Material
If you want the benefits of the duck jacket, offering the tightly woven fabric that is both snag and wind resistant, but you want something that has a “worn” feel to it, sandstone jackets offer both superior protection from the elements and comfort. Sandstone jackets are made out of material that has been micro-sanded and washed to break the outerwear in before leaving for a hunt.  This gives you all of the flexibility and range of motion you need.

Outerwear for Mild Climates
For hunting trips in a mild climate, you won’t need a quilt lining or a heavy weave to keep out the wind, so a Thermal Jacket is a great option. These sturdy jackets are rated “warm” on a scale from warm to warmest, which means you won’t overheat in this jacket when you’re hunting on a cool morning. We recommend finding a coat that has 100% polyester thermal weave because this type of material is lightweight and warm while offering you a breathable option when you’re on the move.

Do your research to find the best hunting outerwear. My favorite hunting jacket is my Carhartt jacket, but there are many other warm and durable outerwear brands you should research.  These brands include Wolverine, Bulwark, Columbia, and others.  While finding the best brands and outerwear for your next hunting venture, don’t forget to research pants, socks, shoes, and underclothes as well.  A nice, warm jacket will do nothing for you on a below freezing hunting excursion if you aren’t wearing thermal undergarments, warm socks and boots, adequate layers, and appropriate pants.

If hunting requires patience and persistence, don’t let the wrong outerwear end your day early because it can’t keep out the rain, wind, or cold. By choosing the right outerwear for your climate, you’ll be prepared for the elements and, better yet, ready to hunt.

This article was written by Ed Cyzewski.