This last weekend a buddy of mine asked me to help him out with his mule deer hunt in Southern Idaho. I knew we would be hunting in cold/snowy conditions, so I went through my gear the night before deciding what items I was going to wear for the hunt. I knew the plan for the hunt was to drive some 4 wheel drive roads and hike to high vantage points to glass, so layering was going to be key.
Like every good layering system a good base layer is a must, for this hunt I started with C4E’s Merino Wool Top and Bottom. If you’ve never had the chance to wear Merino Wool give it a chance, I have never hunted in a baselayer that was more comfortable.
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Bottom – Element Pant – this was the last layer I wore while walking but when we would stop to glass or drive on the ATV I would throw on a pair of inuslated gore-tex pants for added warmth!
Top – Assault Shirt – A great layer for added insulation.
Top – Element Vest – I am a vest guy all the way when it come to hunting, I love the added insulation for my core.
Top – Element Jacket – The icing on the cake, the Element Jacket is not a heavy weight garment but when you layer underneath it works great for cold weather. But just like the Element Pant when we would stop or drive I would throw on an extra insulated gore-tex jacket.
Everybody’s body is different so you may need to tweek this system a little but it worked for me this last weekend. I did get a little cold while driving the ATV because snow kept flying onto my face, but for the most part I stayed warm all day.
We ended up spotting over 30 bucks but never found the ONE, We did however have a great time and saw some new country.