The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 7, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Hot for cold-weather hunting?

In Northeast Ohio, it gets cold this time of year, to be blunt, really freakin’ cold!

It has been my experience that bow hunting this time of the year can be brutal no matter how much Thinsulate you have on, no matter how many Hot Hands and Body warmers you have plastered on various parts of your body, it’s freakin’ cold! Heck, the wind chill factor alone can freeze yer nose right off if ya ain’t careful.

Hunker down

All kidding aside, when you hunt on the ground this time of year, you can hunker down behind a tree, a brush pile, a blow down or darn near anything you can find to help block the wind and keep some of your body heat inside your clothes instead of it escaping into never, never land.

A camo popsicle

Now lets go with another scenario. Lets say you’re up in a tree stand anywhere from 10 to 30 feet in the air; it’s awful hard to block the wind when you got nothing around you. Unless you’ve got some sort of blind built around your stand you’re gonna look like a Camo Popsicle after a couple of hours, not a good situation.   

Back in the day

When I was younger, not that I’m that old, well, maybe I’m getting there, none the less, when I was younger I could sit in a tree stand in below freezing weather with the wind howlin’ and not even have a drip come outta my nose. Heck one year I remember arrowing a doe on the last day of archery season, Jan. 31, in -11 degree weather. I will admit I got frostbite on my trigger finger that year and ended up loosing the nail, but it grew back so all was good.

Today, if you were to ask me to head to the wood in those conditions, I’d flat out tell you that you would have a better chance of seeing Bigfoot out there than me!

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