During January of 2014, a polar vortex brought below-zero temperatures to the Midwest, and that deep freeze coincided with Ohio’s late muzzleloader season. While most of us (myself included) were hiding from the cold close to a raging fire, some hunters, like Chad McKibben, were out in the elements in search of deer. And, in McKibben’s case, braving the elements paid handsomely.
LAYERING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO AVOID THE KILLER COLD
On the day I was sitting and writing this, much of America was locked into a deep and raw freeze. For the second winter in a row, temperatures in January have dipped into the teens in some areas as far south as Texas and well below zero in the Dakotas and upper Midwest. It’s cold out, the snows are piling up, and the winds are raw. It’s winter.
LAYERING YOUR WAY TO WARMTH IN THE STAND OR BLIND
At this point in the season and beyond, the temptation is great to wear too much gear from the moment we leave the vehicles or the cabin. I succumbed to the temptation just recently on a late season duck hunt on a small, flowing river deep in the bottom of a forested, brush-choked valley. The air temp was single digits, so I geared up in the heaviest waders and warmest parka. By the time I set foot in the flowing creek the first time, I was sweating my own river.
STAY SAFE AND PROTECTED: THE IMPORTANCE OF LAYERING
When Mother Nature throws you a curveball, you need to be prepared. Savvy hunters understand that proper gear and time spent in the woods are the keys to success. Athletes who take for granted the importance of preparation are likely to leave the field early when the weather turns nasty.