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Thoughts on keeping warm

Nutterbuster

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Finally out of the woods and at work. Doing both in the same day is kinda soul-sucking. The contrast between a morning on a creek bank and an afternoon under fluorescent lighting...bleh.

I use Almay deodorant as well. Started last season, and use it 365 days a year, along with dove unscented bar soap, as the backbone of my personal hygiene routine.
 

elk yinzer

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Finally out of the woods and at work. Doing both in the same day is kinda soul-sucking. The contrast between a morning on a creek bank and an afternoon under fluorescent lighting...bleh.
My thoughts as well. I tried the morning hunt before work a couple times this year because it's easier on the family bedtime routine than work then hunt the evening. It was a total fail, almost impossible for me to get 8 hours in starting at 10 and I did not accomplish hardly anything those days. My brain generally calls it quits about 3 pm, can't stand my clients that work 9-5 I am typically in a state of hibernation at the end of the day.
 

Critter

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HEY ALL,
so being Relly cold went to cabelas today and bought a Doubble Bull deluxe blind for bear hunting in the rain tomorrow and saturday So left the jx3 in yhe truck and decided to clear me a little spot to and go ahead and try out blind this afternoon and yup bo bo shows up with 3 175lb cubs,1 of them dudes and mom a tried to get in blind with me.Thats the end of me bear hunting out of a blind rain or not I'll be In the jx3 from now on.2 bears less than 18 inches from my broadhead and I couldn't get a shot.If I'd been in the tree that my sticks were on that she was chewing on I'd had lots of shot opportunities.2 hours of bears within 15yrds were a exciting to say the least and I'm just blessed to survive.Ill be the cold wet guy in the Jx3 tomorrow
 

Weldabeast

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On the cold topic , maybe someone can help me. This is my second year of wearing eyeglasses and I can’t seem to figure cold hunting with them. If I cover my face and nose it fogs the glasses. Then you try to wipe the fog and hunt blurred for a while. I end up taking them off and just hunting without. It’s doable with a scope but I can’t use bowsights without them. Any suggestions other than contacts?
Put a small drop of dish soap and buff it in or they sell antifog wax
 

mspaci

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Ive tried it all, I go to my summit & an Iwom now if its under 25 deg. Its the only thing that works for me anymore. I sat all day last year 8 deg & was toasty. Mike
 

PJC

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With all these extra clothes people are adding how much free space in a backpack do you need?
Roll them up and wrap a cinch strap around them and tie them onto the outside of the pack too. That way you don’t need as big of a pack.


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GetHomeSafe

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With all these extra clothes people are adding how much free space in a backpack do you need?
If your pack does not have it you can sew external 1" webbing on the outside, two straps. They can be on either side dividing the pack into thirds. Or you can put the two straps on the bottom. The bottom tends to be less problematic in blocking access to pack pockets. You can daisy chain the straps when not in use. Just use plastic male and female plastic buckles that allow tightening or loosening the the strap on each buckle. That way with bibs and a parka on the outside you don't need a bigger pack. Handwear, hats, gaiters can be put in the pockets of the bibs and parka. If the extra weight becomes a burden to carry all can be mounted on an empty aluminum pack frame.
 

Tr33_n1nj@

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On the cold topic , maybe someone can help me. This is my second year of wearing eyeglasses and I can’t seem to figure cold hunting with them. If I cover my face and nose it fogs the glasses. Then you try to wipe the fog and hunt blurred for a while. I end up taking them off and just hunting without. It’s doable with a scope but I can’t use bowsights without them. Any suggestions other than contacts?
Had this problem but now I don’t. Hated contacts due to astigmatism.
LASIK = some of the best money I ever spent.
Now I just need longer arms to read my phone...
 

boyne bowhunter

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Right now I'm in a tree in the swamp. 24°, 17° real feel. Hardly blizzard conditions, but cold. I've been sitting here for an hour after a long walk and drilling a tree. Here are my thoughts and tips on cold weather.

Most people overdress, especially walking in, and most especially with regards to their feet. This leaves them sweaty, cold, and swaddled in restrictive clothing. Here's what I'm wearing.

Top: under armour tee, m65 field jacket liner, browning hells canyon parka.

Bottoms: under armour boxers, basspro midseason pants. Mid weight wool socks, muck field blazers (uninsulated).

Accessories: carhart beanie, buff cloth, wool fingerless gloves.

That's it. Now for the thoughts.

Sweat cools. Dont sweat. Dont put your clothes on until as close as possible to hunting. I made breakfast, packed, and drove in Jean's and a t. No heater in truck. Walked in with my boots, socks t, and jacket liner. Applied antiperspirant to my feet last night and again this morning. Walked slow. Climbed slow.

Wear a windbreaker on stand. Cover your face. It doesn't take much. Keep your core warm (torso and head) and your hands and feet will be fine. A good beanie hat and vest will do wonders, and they're light and compact. Cold butt and saddle underwarmers are dumb. I'm sitting in a kite. My butt is fine.

Stay dry

Block wind

Insulate core

It's easy.:)
For a guy from the south it sounds like you've got it figured out. I couldn't have said it better. Breaking a sweat is your worst enemy. I always walk and climb in the least clothes I can and if i start to get warm I slow down even more. I figure extended time on stand beats being there "on time". Upper layers are all put on once in the tree.
 
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