Enjoying the wilderness isn’t an activity reserved solely for warmer seasons. In fact, hunting in cold weather and navigating the snow is a fun and rewarding experience. Here are helpful tips to ensure a successful hunt while in a snowy environment.
Staying Warm and Protected
Obviously, exposure to harsh winter conditions puts your physical well-being in harm’s way, causing various ailments, from damaged extremities to terrible illnesses. Even in less serious environments, cold weather can negatively affect your hunting performance by keeping you from enjoying the outdoors over long periods.
As such, it’s highly recommended that you wear proper gear and clothing when venturing into the snowy wilderness. Find exceptionally warm garments with waterproofing and moisture-wicking technology that doesn’t interfere with your natural range of motion. Don’t forget insulated accessories such as gloves, caps, masks, and boots. Wearing these clothes keeps you in the stand for much longer and reduces the likelihood of you suffering a winter-related injury.
Invest in Better Transportation
Navigating a snowy environment isn’t always the easiest experience, especially in particularly remote areas. Getting to and from each hunting location is a physically taxing process that reduces your energy and overall performance.
Many winter hunters prefer using modified UTVs or motorized sleds as their primary means of transportation throughout the wilderness. If weather conditions are severe enough, consider purchasing a superior off-roading 4×4 car, such as a jeep, for your hunting trips. These automobiles perform well in adverse terrains and provide exceptional storage for all of your essential gear.
Invest in Shelter
As mentioned before, staying warm while in the stand for hours on end is imperative to both your performance and well-being. So along with the proper clothing, you should invest in an additional shelter for your hunting trip. For example, setting up a tent or tarp around your body helps eliminate wind and moisture. Furthermore, the cover prevents your skin from snow exposure, keeping you dry and focused.
Follow these three tips for cold weather hunting and navigating the snow to ensure your next experience is successful. Remember to research the specific weather conditions of your hunting destination before traveling so you can pack and prepare accordingly.
Wes White represents the collective — yet individual — voice of the Western Whitetail editorial staff.