Extreme heat is probably the most uncomfortable hunting weather; it is undoubtedly unbearable for me. But with some preparation and the proper techniques, you’ll be able to turn that misery into a fruitful hunting trip.
I know this is a piece about gear, but I’d like to stress a couple of things to you about hunting in the heat.
When you’re sitting in 90-degree heat with 80% humidity there is only one thing we know for sure. You’re going to be sweating – like a lot. And yeah, they have sprays to mask your scent, but there isn’t enough in the world to hide you from the animals standing downwind from you.
Placement is essential here, never, ever, EVERRR, stand downwind of a deer. And this is especially true for the hot days. How do you do this? You do it by scouting your trips accordingly. Know where the deer bedding areas are, as well as the direction the wind is headed, and make a concerted effort to keep the wind at your front.
Another nice thing about hunting in the heat is that you can reliably predict where the deer are going to be. Like us, animals dehydrate much faster in hot weather. What that means for us is; once you find the watering hole, you’ve found the deer. It’s really just as simple as that. But remember, stand upwind of them.
The first thing I always recommend to any hunter, regardless of the weather conditions, is to get a hydration pack. Camelbak’s has hydration systems that you wear like a backpack, and trust me, they are a life-saver. Camelbak’s like the Camelbak Ambush is perfect; it’s lightweight and can carry more than three-liters of liquid on your back.
The second aspect of summer hunting is making sure you have dressed appropriately. Companies put a lot of effort into making clothing that wicks away the sweat and captures every breeze to keep you cool. Well, as cool as can be when you’re hunting in 90+ degree weather.
Under Armor makes an excellent set of warm-season clothing, and it does a pretty good job at keeping you comfortable. Check them out to keep warm here on amazon!