Hunting clothing

Late each summer, hunting clothing comes into season at most sporting goods retailers. Hunting clothing is always camouflage patterned, but can be purchased to match the terrain where you will be hunting. There are several different manufacturers of hunting clothing and for the novice hunter, it can be confusing to know exactly what to buy.

The purpose of hunting clothing is obvious - it disguises the hunter by helping him to blend in to his surroundings. The operative and most important word in its purpose is "surroundings". It is important to identify what type of surroundings you will be hunting in before buying hunting clothing. The majority of people stick with forest camouflage, though if you happen to be hunting in the desert or plains, this would not be your pick of poison.

For forest hunting, many hunters prefer hunting clothing with what is known as a "break up" pattern. This basically means that the clothing itself does not conform to the body but has tattered edges to help break up the outline of the body. You can buy a complete suit including a hood and facemask in this style.

Other things to consider when choosing hunting clothing are your hunting climate. You will want to choose your clothing and boots accordingly. Gore-Tex is a thin material that insulates well for cold weather and it comes waterproof as well. On the other hand, if your climate is warm, you will want to dress lightly to avoid sweating heavily, which not only makes you more comfortable but also avoids unnecessarily giving away your location by scent.

Good hunting clothing can quite an initial investment, but for as often as it will be worn, is quite worth it in the long run. Look for scent blocking or scent free detergent to wash your hunting clothing in at the beginning of each season and store it in a resealable plastic bag or bin at the end of each season.