- Feb 3, 2019
Sitka whitetail system is awesome but expensive. You can find really good used gear on FB or Rokslide classified
Sitkas Whitetail system is great. I have hunted in the midwest for whitetails since I've been old enough too. Ive spent thousands on multiple different systems before coming full circle and just investing in sitka. Its not hype or gimmicky, you will be able to sit longer and be more comfortable in inclement weather. Especially when the wind picks up. Make sure whatever you choose as a shell has a gore wind stopper membrane.What do you all recommend for a clothing system or systems for Bow-hunting Deer in Illinois from October thru middle of January?
Your right about that old surplus stuff. My gang all used it. Fun to look back at them old pics. At 25 we thought nothing of it and was darn glad to have it. At 57 I wouldn't get out of the truck if I had to wear that crap. LOL.Like everyone has mentioned. IMO Most of us eastern hunters probably started in Army surplus etc with hoodies and Carhart jackets. If you’re sitting all day in a stand 20ft high on a ridge in winter though you’ll appreciate good layering and wind blocking. I’d not advise any newcomer to buy premium camo from the beginning as they may not like it enough or have enough sits to really need its benefit. For archery it’s crazy how much easier it is to draw your bow etc in well designed camo, for rifle doesn’t matter much. if you love it or are experienced at hunting and looking at doing some eastern white tail (which is what I presupposing) you’ll end up with it eventually. I can’t say though I foresee any use for my Fanatic stuff for elk. It’s not very packable and way to warm for active hunting.
Also I’d second hand warmers are clutch ! Almost as much as a thermacell in early archery season lol
That hiking in and getting sweated up then sitting still all day is what kicks a lot of hunters butt. I have a similar hunt in Southern Ohio where its a very steep walk up and in then you sit in the wind and cold a day. You move you lose. Im dang near down to my long handles walking in. I have my base and mid layer on the bottoms and just the base on top. WhenTo me it doesn’t really matter which lightweight gear you get...
This is about to get really long winded but I don’t get a lot of time to hunt so short of pouring rain, I will hunt no matter how cold or windy it is. In that, I’ve had to try a lot of different methods to find what would keep me comfortable and this is it...
I stand do 10+ all day sits per year and will generally hunt down to single digits in KS/MO.
The spot I hunt the most, I have a 1.1-1.5 mile walk through the flint hills. Regardless of temp I wear jeans and a t-shirt/cotton hoodie during my walk in and I pack in my base layers and outerwear/harness in my backpack(MR Metcalf). I wear uninsulatsd but waterproof hiking boots with a lightweight wool sock.
When I get to about 100 yards from my stand, I strip down and put on all dry clothes then approach my stand very slowly.
For mid/late season I wear fleece(mid to heavy weight) pants and shirt for my base layer with moisture wicking athletic boxers. Next layer is a looser fitting fleece cargo pant and Cabela’s Wooltimate Vest.
That mid layer with a balaclava and hand muffs will get me down to the upper 30’s. If it’s going to stay in the 30’s or below or if the wind is howling I have some old school Cabela’s Outfitter Berber Fleece with windshear bibs and parka that I will wear. That will get me all the way down to zero degrees.
No matter how cold it gets, I still
Wear my uninsulated hiking boot but I will wear a heavier wool sock. When it stays below 40 I break out my Icebreaker Boot Blankets and drop some body warmers in. I also use hot hands body warmers in my hand muffs and will put one on the back of my neck inside my balaclava.
My way might not look as cool as wearing Sitka gear or whatever else is popular now, but I can promise you that when it comes to sitting all day waiting on a mature buck, I couldn’t be any more comfortable.