Dressing for Pred Hunting

OOSWLC

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Hey everyone, I'm extremely new to predator hunting and have recently moved to SW Idaho (only a couple days away from F&G considering me a resident!).

My main question is about clothing, but I guess I'd like to know about gear in general...

What do you find changes for your clothing needs? Do you wear more/different camo? Switch some layers out? Do you do more sitting than normal?

Also- Is there any gear you have/use that you feel like is indispensable for your winter pred hunting?

Finally- Any trappers in here? I moved out west specifically to try to live that out-west lifestyle as much as possible and will be taking my Idaho trapping course in two weeks! I can't wait!
 

Stubborn_bowhunter

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Warm clothes for long stares at foxpros.
Gloves. I used merino liners and normal gloves. Then I can have my trigger hand free and still warm.

I always layer up before I start a stand. It sucks when you start calling and know you can't move around.

Any camo is fine if you have terrain to put behind you and you don't move a lot.
 

WCB

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If you have to deal with snow and maybe have to walk a few hundred yards to say 1/2mile to a stand I recommend to have a good wind breaking layer. You can get away with less bulk if you can block wind...less bulk + more comfortable and easier to move around in. I also find wearing a top layer you can zip open to your base layer is nice for when you are traveling. I HATE carrying more than my gun and shooting sticks. Caller goes in a small back pack or carried if stand is close to road/vehicle.

I hate face masks so I use a silk wild rag for around my neck and pull up on my face if needed. If you don't have one carry a drag rope for when you are successful and in general practice you skinning skills. I like to skin in the field if there is a fence post or tree around...even more so if you shoot a double or triple.

Also if you use a gun mounted bipod get one that is longer than you think you need. Snow can be a bitch and make it difficult to get your gun high enough if you try to lay down or even sit sometimes.
 

TheGDog

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You're going to need a tail-stripper for peeling the skin off their tail easily and quickly, if you try without one, you'll end up doing like I did and the last little bit of the tail fur stays on.. ruining how nicely you did the rest of the hide.

Don't know about your area, but I often have to deal with sitting on slopes in order to overlook the eCaller, so need sit solutions that can deal with that. Sitting on a slope comfortably. Being using the little flat Turkey seat thing from Hunterspec together with a Predator Seat Cushion, the kind with bracing so it gives you back support, and the small Thermarest Z-lite sit pad for additional padding and comfort.

To keep things light, since I have to do a lot of hiking while doing it, I use the Kwik Stix shooting sticks that are $20 bucks at Cabelas.

Leafy suits are the bomb when it comes to predators! Being newer I've mad misses at close distances since sometimes in the excitement you forget that the sight-plane axis is 1.5 higher above the bore-axis at least until about 50yds away, so when they're close if you don't remember to aim above what you want to hit, you'll miss under them. ... Well... with the leafy suit and mask on, I've been able to freeze. with them looking right at me very close to me.... and if I just wait.. twice now.. I've been able to close the bolt back up on that 2nd shot and seal the deal. Something I would NOT have been able to do without the leafy helping me. North Mountain Gear makes a great quality inexpensive one you can find on Amazon. Bought a few more so the boy would have one. And I'd have a replacement for when the first one finally wears out.

AllPredatorCalls sells these Mesh Ghillie Suits that are pretty feakin cool if you're out hunting in the hot months! Get the SAPR one, don't get the two-piece one. It's a waste because the pants will end up catching on lots of stuff as you travel to next sit. So the rip a bit and pickupa lot of burrs.

The only drawback with those mesh ones is that over time, the strips of fringes it has connected to the jacket start becoming unstiched here and there, and if the rifle doesn't have a normal smooth type of stock, such as an AR15 stock might not be smooth (especially since out here we have to walk around with these very "Bruno" Thorsden stocks, otherwise somehow these black rifles become too scary and evil for regular people to supposedly have (eyeroll). So sometimes when raising your weapon to bear... once the mesh suit jacket has the layer of fringe started to become unsewn... the buttstock on some weapons can "grab" the material in the underarm/latismuss area of the jacket. When it gets like that ya just have to remember to slightly hold it out away from your underarm area before raising it up to bear.


But yeah man... those Mesh suits are the real deal when it's hot, especially the Desert color one. That one blends in super well. Match their Desert one with a FirstLite cipher leafy facemask and you flat out disappear! Feels soo nice how they allow the breeze to flow thru!

If it's not like you're using the matching leafy facemask with a suit... You definitely want a Mesh facemask... the one I have from Natural Camo goes with everything and does well at NOT having my exhalations fog up my glasses! Unless it's a really cold and high humidity morning. Some of those there's just not much you can do for the fogging other than train yourself to purse your upper lip over your bottom lip to direct your exhale down away from your glasses when you find yourself running into fogging conditions badly.

And definitely consider getting some boot insulators like those Artic Shields for when you're at the sit. You slip them over your boots to keep the heat in. I learned about those from here, they work.
 
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