The summer months always bring longer days and more sunlight hours to be spent hunting. But, that summer heat sure adds an extra challenge for any hunter. So, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure the heat does not get the best of you, or like my daddy used to say when you’re experiencing a heat stroke: “The bear caught ya.” So, when it comes time to head out into the woods this summer, follow the below tips to get the most out of your hunts in this horrible heat.
Dress For It
Now is the time to pack the flannel and thermals away for a few months. Look to wear more lightweight and breathable clothes, like cotton socks. A lot of hunting boots are meant to allow your feet to withstand hours in frigid temperatures. In the summer, try to find something a little lighter than that, maybe sneakers or camo Crocs.
While I’m simply unwilling to cut out my coffee, it’s less than ideal in the field. I recommend no less than a quart of cool water on your person at all times; I carry two. Whether you keep it in a canteen or a bottle, water will prevent dehydration, which can easily occur after hours spent under the hot sun. Gatorade or a number of electrolyte drinks can be a real asset as well.
Heat Brings Bugs
Few things are more annoying in this summertime heat than having to constantly swat at mosquitos. And no one wants to return from a hunt itching all over from those saber-toothed jerks. Bringing a mosquito repellent along with you prevents both problems. Some repellents, such as Thermacell, are awesome, but I’d carry a Deet based insect repellent along in the pack, just in case.
Mask Your Scent
Some animals, like hogs and deer can smell you before you even see them. It’s important to mask your scent so they don’t know that you’re coming. This is especially important in the summer months when sweat and perspiration are much more of a factor. I recommend bathing often in unscented soap, generous applications of extra antiperspirant/deodorant. And consider a cover scent, like my own Rebel Yell scents.
A perk of hunting in the summer is that the sun comes up far earlier than it does at other times of year. Use that advantage by getting out early before it gets too hot. It’s also wise to try to plan your hunt ahead of a storm front, when it’s more likely to be cooling off a bit. That sudden drop in temperature from an afternoon squall can be just the ticket to the game moving!
If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at [email protected]. God Bless and good hunting!