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What Should You Wear to Go Hunting?

Learn what to wear when you go hunting from big game hunter "Killer Keith" McDonald in this Howcast hunting video.


Hello, I'm Keith McDonald, nickname Killer Keith. I've been hunting my whole life, 45 to 50 years of deer hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, turkey hunting. You name it, I've hunted it. I'm a licensed Maine guide. I've hunted in Alaska. I've hunted in Canada. I've hunted in Newfoundland. I've been everywhere hunting.

Well, clothing has changed a lot since I started. Because when I started hunting everybody wore wool, wool jackets, wool pants. You get used to that. The good thing about wool is when it gets wet you still stay pretty warm. The problem is that it gets heavy.

Over the years they've come out with Gore-Tex which is a breathable waterproof membrane that clothing's made out of. There are a whole lot of other things. There's Polarfleece, Microfleece, it goes on and on. This high tech clothing is lighter, it's warmer, it's better.

So, what do I hunt with? I hunt with wool. I don't know. I still like the wool, and I think a lot of the old timers do. The newer, younger hunters are out there taking advantage of this new technology, and it is better. I'm convinced it's better. But, it is expensive. Being a poor man I tend to go with what I've got. I've got a whole closet full of hunting clothing.

Boots have changed, of course. Boots have gotten better and better. With the insulation in boots now you don't need to have cold feet any more.

As far as other things about the clothing one of the things you've got to know is that your hands get cold. It's common, hands get cold. So, how do you keep your hands from getting cold? They've come out with these hand warmers now. They're chemical treated things. You just open them up, and as soon as the air gets to them they start warming up. They warm to like 120 degrees.

I open one of those up, put one in each pocket in the morning when I go out hunting if it's real cold. They'll last seven or eight hours, and they stay warm. If your hand starts getting cold you just grab one of those and hold onto it or slide it into your glove. Since those have been out my hands haven't been cold.

My brothers and I have helped in some of the product development in some of this hunting gear. What we found was we lost a lot of our heat out our neck around our coat up through this area and in like that. So, we got our wives to sew a little pocket in the back of the neck, and we put hand warmers in there, those same chemical hand warmers. Now some of the companies are starting to put those in the jackets. So, it was a good thing. Ithought that was pretty cute.

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