by Jason Norris, Co-Host, Mass Pursuit TV & US Army Combat Veteran
When it comes to hunting, choosing the right clothing is essential for success and comfort in the great outdoors. Whether you are a seasoned hunter or just starting out, investing in the correct gear can make a significant difference in your overall experience. Throughout my 23+ yrs of serving overseas, in the jungles, the mountains & snow, deserts, and others, I have definitely learned my fair share of c'mons, oops, oh craps, and what the's...
First and foremost, consider the specific conditions of your hunting environment. If you'll be hunting in a dense forest or underbrush, camouflage apparel will help you blend seamlessly with your surroundings. On the other hand, if you'll be traversing open prairies or mountainsides, clothing that matches the natural colors of these landscapes will provide optimal concealment. On the show, we currently use Element Outdoors Camo Apparel (www.elementoutdoors.com) Element Outdoors offers patterns in Realtree and Mossy Oak. The diversity of the Realtree patterns allows us to sometimes wear the same pattern in the Midwest as we do in the Southeast regions of the US.
Next, take into account the weather conditions you may encounter during your hunting journey. Whether it's early season, going after an animal in velvet, when it is warm and sunny, or late season when it is cold and wet, make sure to choose clothing designed to withstand changing climates. When layering, it is key when dealing with unpredictable weather and we rely on the Kore Series with their lightweight wicking fabric and ozone treatments with Polygiene® Odor Crunch. Look for garments that are lightweight yet insulating for added warmth when needed. You can easily remove garments as you warm up throughout the day. The Drive and Prime Series from Element Outdoors will definitely be the key to early season success.
For colder temperatures, opt for thermal base layers made from moisture-wicking fabrics that can keep you dry and comfortable as mentioned before during long hours spent outdoors. Additionally, choose outer layers that are windproof and waterproof to protect yourself from harsh elements such as snow or rain. Element Outdoors has multiple clothing attire that will allow you to stay in the stand or on the mountain longer. Their Scout and Axis series provide the warmth and comfort that most hunters seek. You won't get that bulkiness like "Ralphie's little brother from The Christmas Story".
Consider your mode of transportation during hunts as well. If you'll be driving or flying directly to your destination before beginning your hunt, ensure that your attire is practical both on and off the field. Choose clothing that allows ease of movement while maintaining professionalism if necessary.
Lastly, don't forget about the gear and equipment you'll need to bring along on your hunting trip. Be sure to follow Mass Pursuit TV for more great advice, tips, and who knows what. We look forward to sharing all the great products and equipment that have made us very successful as an Outdoor TV show but also as hunters.
By carefully considering these factors - business type settings, outdoor environments, travel logistics, and weather circumstances - when selecting hunting clothing, you can enhance not only safety but also performance during your next elk or whitetail deer hunt.
Remember: appropriate attire can greatly contribute to a successful hunting experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the thrill of the chase while staying comfortable and protected regardless of the conditions you encounter.
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