How To Keep Feet Warm While Hunting (13 Tips and Tricks)
If your feet are cold, then it is just a matter of time before your whole body is feeling the numbing and chilling effects. You are unable to shoot anything due to your shaking.
Your shivering noises scare away all of the animals, except for the squirrels who are probably laughing at you from their nice warm nests.
With all kidding aside, keeping your feet warm while hunting is an important issue. You can always find different ideas to try and share with fellow hunters.
1. Plan Ahead:
You do not need cold feet to ruin your hunt. Be prepared.
If you are well-prepared, it gives you a feeling of relaxation and confidence. This gets you off to a good start
2. Foods to Eat Before and During the Hunt:
Healthy well-balanced eating and good hydration make you more alert and excited.
Also, your body can adjust to the cold better and keep you warmer all the way down to your feet.
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3. Reduce Perspiration:
This appears to sound like an oxymoron. This article is about staying warm. You would think that perspiring is the least of your concerns!
Being bundled up while carrying backpacks, walking, climbing trees is strenuous work that causes you to sweat.
You must remember that if you sweat, you will get cold! There are a few things that you can do to alleviate this problem.
If your feet or any other part of your body is sweaty, you will become cold. You can expect much misery as your body chills. Now, that well-supplied backpack comes in handy.
4. Use Foot Powder:
One of the main uses of powder through the years is absorbing moisture. It is even an old Army approved a strategy for enduring long hikes.
Using powder increases your chances of having warmer feet. If you allow your feet to sweat, then you are setting yourself up for that cold, tingly feeling to begin with your feet.
Added benefits of powder are that it improves comfort and eliminates odor. That buck will not smell your feet and leap away.
5. Use Cotton Balls:
Use soft, fluffy cotton balls as additional insulation for your feet.
It is amazing at the items that you locate around your house that are helpful and have new uses.
6. Wear Layers of Socks:
Anyone who hunts in cold weather knows that just any old sock will not suffice. It is crucial to keep your feet warm. Layers of socks are tremendously helpful when it comes to keeping your feet warm.
On very cold outings, wear at the very least two or three layers of socks.
The type of socks that you wear is a very significant decision that you make regarding keeping your feet warm. Layering your socks is probably the most well-known method for keeping feet warm.
To be most effective, remember that your socks need to be made from specific materials and should range from thin to thick.
7. Take Along Warm Water in a Bottle:
All hunters need to take water with them. Taking warm water has a twofold advantage (warmth and hydration).
Warmth and water are essential to your well-being. Having something that provides both is exactly what you need.
8. Wear Proper Boots:
The type and the size of the boots that you choose to wear directly affect the warmth of your feet. This is one of the most difficult and important decisions that you make.
If you consider buying a new pair of boots, try the boots on with the socks that you wear while hunting.
Make sure the boots are sized properly for the number and type of socks you wear.
Leave enough room to wiggle your toes. Outdoor experts recommend at least a full size larger.
This accommodates for the layers of socks and leaves a little extra room for you to be able to move your toes.
Proper fitting and quality boots are essential to every hunter. Shop around for the boot that suits you the best.
9. Drink Hot Chocolate with Butter:
Keeping the whole body nourished helps the body (even the feet and toes) to stay warm.
Robert Kenefick, Ph.D., a research physiologist, at the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division of the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Science recommends butter as a quick source of energy.
Butter is earning a better reputation now. The pendulum on butter, whether it is good or evil, is in the process of changing. Butter is now considered to be a fluffy fat that does not clog arteries.
It is a hot fitness craze at this time. Several athletes, especially runners, use butter as a nutritional boost.
We all know that hunting requires energy. If you feel yourself getting sluggish, then try butter in some hot chocolate.
Some people love the taste immediately. Others need to acquire a taste for it. A quick and long-lasting source of energy helps to warm the whole body.
10. Beware of Metal Conductors:
I am not warning you about a lightning strike or your hands getting burned if you touch your stand that may have been exposed to sunlight on a warm day. Metal conducts the cold to your body.
If you have ever had your hand get stuck on a cold metal object, then you know what I mean. You need to have an insulator between your body and cold metal.
When you are dealing with the cold, look for metal. Eliminate your exposure to cold metal objects.
11. Exercise Even in a Tree Stand:
This may seem a little absurd…even dangerous! Believe it or not, these exercises can be done anywhere. Even when you need to be as still as possible.
Flexing your toes help to provide circulation and keep the blood flowing.
Sitting perfectly still constricts blood flow.
Without proper blood flow, feet and toes get cold. When your feet get cold, it begins to spread and affect other body parts.
Loosen your boots enough to wiggle your toes and rotate your ankles in circles. Then be sure to tighten your boots. I do not want anyone to trip.
Do isometrical exercises.
It sounds difficult, but these exercises are the easiest to do in a small space. They do not expose your location.
Think of these as silent exercises. Do them by simply contracting and releasing your muscles without moving your legs.
This gets your blood circulating better and sends warmth to your legs, feet, and toes.
Next time your feet and toes are cold when you are hunting, give it a try. You may be surprised at the effectiveness of something so simple.
12. Use Extra Insulation for Your Feet:
You want to keep cold out and conserve the heat that your feet generate. You do this by using more insulation.
If your boots and socks are not keeping the cold out, then you need to try some additional insulation hacks. It never hurts to try something new.
13. Keep Your Head Covered and Warm:
My grandmother always makes this statement during cold weather, “Keep your head warm, and you will have warm feet".
Science proves that grandmother is correct. Your head loses forty-five percent of your body heat if it is not covered. Be sure that you have appropriate items to wear that help preserve body heat.
If your head is not properly covered, your body reduces the blood supply to your feet to keep your brain and internal organs warm.
If you reduce heat loss, then you have warmer feet. Just like you layer your socks, you need to layer items that keep your head warm.
The Bottom Line:
Dealing with cold feet when you go hunting is a miserable experience. Sometimes you may force yourself to stay until you cannot bear the cold any longer. Do not let cold feet ruin a hunting expedition.
There are dozens and dozens of ways to solve the problem of keeping your feet warm. You do not have to go out and buy new expensive items. There are simple, inexpensive ways to keep your feet warm in cold weather.
Most of the suggestions of how to keep your feet warm when hunting share some common threads: eat healthy, stay hydrated, stay dry, and keep the cold out. So now, you need to decide which idea you want to try and head to the woods.