Massachusetts Hunter Safety Course


3. Be in Good Physical Shape

Hunting on a friend's farm is quite different than heading out to the mountains for a week-long hunt. Physical conditioning is very important. Outdoor experiences can require more physical exertion than a hunter gets in everyday life. Prepare for the hunt long before the season begins. Start by:

  • Hiking similar terrains that you will be hunting in.
  • Wearing your loaded fanny pack or day pack to get use to the weight.
  • Wearing clothes and boots similar to what you wear while hunting.

Every hunter should know their physical limits, and respect those limits while out in the field. A hunter with a medical condition such as allergies, asthma, and heart conditions, should be very cautious, always have prescription medication on-hand, and especially inform all other members of the hunting party about their condition.

4. Wear Appropriate Clothing

The clothing you wear when hunting depends on the weather conditions. Be sure to wear something that is suitable for the season in which you're hunting.

Clothing should be planned in layers from the skin out. The first layer should allow moisture to escape from the skin. Polypropylene and capilene are good choices for this first layer, followed by fleece and wool as the outer layers.


Adequate head covering is necessary to keep body heat from escaping. Most body heat is lost through the head.


Your hands need protection not only from the cold, but also from briars, rocks and rope burn.


Socks should be selected with care and should be layered. The best system is to wear polypropylene against the skin and wool outer socks. Keep your feet dry!


Foot protection is extremely important for both warmth and comfort. You must be able to walk comfortably for long distances without getting blisters, tripping or getting your feet wet.


Important! Wool is the best for all-around warmth. Wool, even when wet, retains its insulation properties. Don't wear cotton, COTTON KILLS!