Minnesota Hunter Safety Course


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!

It is very important to wear clothing that is properly fitted to your body. Clothes that are too big or too small will not protect you from the elements as effectively, can cause discomfort, and may even be dangerous if it should cause you to stumble or trip while carrying a firearm.