We all have our pet peeves, and one of mine is people who complain about cold temps. I say suck it up and dress correctly!
When temps fall into the single digits or lower, a key part of my deer gear for staying warm on stand is a Heater Body Suit. In the photo above, that’s the brown camo sleeping-bag-looking thingy behind my bow. I’ll spare you the lengthy explanation and simply invite you to click the play button on the video at the bottom of this post to learn about the system.
Trust me, it works. I shot the South Dakota doe shown in this photo on Dec. 23, 2013. The air temp in the morning darkness was minus 19 degrees, and the winds were blowing from the north at 20 mph. According to an online wind-chill calculator, it felt like minus 47 degrees! I dressed in clothing appropriate for a late-season pheasant hunt and then climbed into my Heater Body Suit after reaching my ladder stand. I zipped in at 7:14 a.m. and shot this mature doe at 10:39 a.m.
FYI: I can tell you from experience that if I’d worn my warmest parka and insulated bibs (in addition to many under layers) instead of the Heater Body Suit, I’d have lasted only 90 minutes on stand, not 3-plus hours. And even after 3 hours I was still warm; I could have sat until noon or beyond with no problem.
Until next time …