Much of your success as a hunter relies on choosing the correct clothing and outerwear for hunting. While tracking skills, proper gear and knowledge of the land are all important, the wrong clothes, especially in winter, can ruin a day in the woods.
Dressing for hunting is challenging because you need to account both for temperature and your physical activity. Hunters regularly switch between periods of activity (covering ground) and long periods of passivity (waiting and watching). The key to a good hunting wardrobe is accounting for these two major modes.
Sweat: A Danger on Sub-Freezing Days
Sweating is the biggest problem on days when the temperature drops below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius). While it may feel cold, you can work up quite a sweat on cold days while moving, and that sweat can cause you big problems when you need to sit and wait.
Hunting requires patience, and there's no bigger patience-killer than wet clothes and a chill. If you can't sit and wait passively in the woods because your wardrobe is either not insulating