How to Stay Warm on a Tree Stand


How to Stay Warm on a Tree Stand

One of my earliest deer hunting memories is of a muzzleloader hunt — my first — when I was a skinny and sadly underdressed 13-year-old. The reason that hunt stands out is because it was so miserable. My hands and feet got so cold and they hurt so badly from it… making that the day I began my quest to stay warm while deer hunting.

In the video below, Jeff Sturgis, who hunts Michigan in much colder weather than I do in the southeastern USA, talks about how to stay warm and comfortable while you sit for hours at a time on a deer stand.

His first point is quality clothing, and he’s right. I have a set of pants & jacket made by Russell Outdoors, and I bring them out anytime the temp gets low. They’re insulated with Primaloft, and the comfort level is like wearing a sleeping bag. I have been using them for years and will continue to do so for as long as I possibly can.

My biggest problem is with my hands and feet. Which brings me to his “bullet points” from the video:

  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Core
  • Base
  • Head

Feet: Insulated boots, good socks, Heat Factory air-activated HAND warmers, insulated pants over your lower legs.

Hands: Hand warmer tube (hand muff)

Core: Vest, bib overalls, wind blocking.

Base: Moisture-wicking base layers.

Head: Insulated, lined, wind blocking head gear, layers.

He uses many more words than this, and you’ll certainly want to watch the video.

Enjoy, and happy hunting!

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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