Seems like no matter the time of year, there will be good hunting days and bad hunting days. The difference often lies in the conditions. Typically the colder winter weather makes for good and even great hunting (notice the game trails in the freshly fallen snow in the lead image of this post). Problem is, hunting in subzero temperatures (0 was the low, 14 degrees was the high this day) all day long is both mentally challenging and physically tiring.
The migration is in full swing and bucks are rutting hard. If I can stay off the trigger, I might have a chance at a really good buck. Here is today’s video.
Your clothing is your most important gear on these days. Here’s a quick run-down on what I use in these conditions:
Outer-Layer: First Lite Uncompahgre Puffy Jacket over a no-name down coat, and the North Branch pant/bib. I shed the down coat and North Branch pant when I hike. If I’m really getting after it, I stuff the puffy in my pack.
Boots: Schnee’s Hunter II Pac boot in 10″ height. These pacs offer a good balance between walk-ability and warmth. As I’m riding about 1.5 hours to get to my hunting area, I use the chemical boot heaters to get through the coldest hours of the morning.
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Read all about the research, gear, and techniques I use in my new book, Hunting Big Mule Deer, How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life