Most of the time, the late hunting season brings the best hunting opportunities. Since some of the animals are in hibernation and the rest are trying to avoid the cold weather. Animals that survive the previous hunting season are open in the field for food or grazing. However, it won’t be as easy as the rifle and archery season since the temperature drops significantly. While the cold is fun weather for hunting, it is better to use some tactics to stay warm while you are in the open. One thing you can do is to get cold weather hunting clothes. But to stay warm while hunting in the cold season, here are some more tactics.
1. Don’t Skip Breakfast
Don’t ever leave for hunting on an empty stomach. That’ll make you feel weak, nauseous, and dizzy along the way. Moreover, an empty stomach can cause low blood pressure, especially if you are hiking. So, wake up at least 15-20 minutes before your desired schedule and eat something light but enough to give you energy. Make sure you don’t eat a heavy breakfast to avoid sickness. Also, bring some food like bread or dry fruits along with you while you are hunting to stay fueled whenever necessary.
2. Pack Warm Liquids
A hot cup of coffee always acts as a great drink to warm you up when you are out in the cold. Grab a thermos flask, put your boiling hot water in it, grab a coffee pack, and you are good to go. Make sure not to drink it too much to avoid bathroom breaks during the hunt. Coffee won’t keep you hot the entire hunting time but combined with warm clothes, but it can keep your temperature normal. Try not to drink black coffee as it will dry your innards. Adding a little milk will keep you warm and your throat moisturized.
3. Avoid Sweating
While it is important to use warm clothes in cold hunting season, they shouldn’t be too warm to make you sweat. In the cold, sweating causes pain in the bones, and while hunting, you don’t want that. Moreover, even if you are sweating, avoid taking a dump in the open. As soon as you open any zipper of your clothes, the cold air will freeze you because of all the sweating. It might get a little comfortable inside those clothes, but for your health, you have to stay packed until you return to someplace warm.
4. Utilize Tower Blinds
While most people use ladders to get high and take better aim, a tower blind can be a better option. Not only can it keep you warm if you make the opening smaller than usual, but it can also keep you safe from the rain. Most hunting areas have pre-installed tower blinds, but if not, you have to get there a day before to install them properly. You can also make it portable and take it with you as you move forward. Also, it does a good job of keeping the animal’s attention away from you.
5. Always Have Rain Gear on Deck
Cold seasons may have unpredictable weather, so it can rain anytime. Therefore, it is better to have rain gear in your backpack all the time. However, you won’t need more than a raincoat with all the heavy stuff you are wearing. Alternatively, you can get waterproof hunting gear to avoid taking extra stuff with you. Apart from being waterproof, it should be thick enough to block the wind. With all the sweat inside your clothes, even a little wind can make you feel a lot colder than usual. If you are worried about noise from your rain gear, you can always wear it beneath the last layer of your clothes.
By following these small steps, you can do your cold weather hunting as much as you want, comfortably and warmly.