As a prepper in an SHTF, there will come a point when your food stocks will begin to dwindle and you will be forced to either search for alternative food sources or to hunt wild gain. A preppers outfit is much different than the outfit of a hunter depending of course of what the hunter is hunting. In this topic, I will answer your question of what is the hunter’s most important item of clothing and give you a detailed list of what in addition to your bug out bag should pack if you plan on hunting.
What is the hunter’s most important item of clothing? The hunters most important item of clothing is the fluorescent vest, fluorescent jacket, fluorescent hat, winter, and summer appropriate hunting clothes.
What is the hunter’s most important item of clothing?
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Prepping is all about being efficient for an off grid survival scenario and the main focus of a hunter is often the camouflage and on how to hide their own scent from the prey. Preppers and hunters are both prepared as best as possible for different scenarios and their gear will be different. While a prepper might focus on surviving in an off grid situation the main goal of the hunter is to hunt wild animals and sometimes not even because of survival questions.
But as an avid prepper, you should think of learning to hunt as this might just save your life. Depending on the area where you are bugging out there will be different animals to hunt and there are different ways and tools on how to hunt each animal. If hunting isn’t something which you are comfortable you should at least learn either how to trap or fish as getting food is and will always be your main priority as a prepper.
Even if you have food stocks for months or even years you can supplement these stocks by hunting as you never know how long the crisis scenario will last. Eating all your food stocks and then thinking about what you are going to eat the next day is a very dangerous mindset. Prepping is all about being prepared for eventual emergency situations and you should not let your next meal be an emergency.
The gear to bug out is different for everybody, depending on the climate and the needs of the group. This is the same with hunting, if you have a small family and you can survive on hunting or trapping small animals is enough then you should be prepared for this. If you have a big group then you will probably need to hunt big game and this will be much harder and the tools way different then hunting small animals.
As a hunter or prepper, your first priority should always be your safety. There are numerous cases of hunting accidents and this would be fatal in a doomsday scenario, fatal for you and for your family if you are the only one who can hunt. As a prepper, your bug out bag should always include signaling devices like flares, flashlights or even something as simple as a mirror. But you will only use these tools while signaling to others which means that you have already seen them.
What if you don’t see the other hunter which might hunt the same deer as you or even confuse you with a wild animal if you are wearing camouflage. There is a strict rule when hunting in refiling season is that you have to have the following two items of clothes.
- Fluorescent orange hat
- Fluorescent orange vest
These 2 items are the most important things to have and use as a hunter, this way other hunters can clearly see you and won’t shoot you by accident. These fluorescent items are also very visible in the daylight. Some countries fluorescent vests are yellow these also do the same job for the hunter but usually you will find that the all serious hunter’s clothes always include the fluorescent orange hat and vest.
These fluorescent orange clothes will keep you safe, even in a bug out situation where a lot of people are forced to start hunting as most won’t have any clue on what are they doing so you should prepare for this in advance. Better safe than sorry, you might give off your location to a wild animal which you are hunting but this won’t happen as often then you think.
As most animals don’t have the same spectrum of color which we see they most often won’t even see the fluorescent clothes, what most animals react to is sound and smell.
Why the orange color?
Orange is a color not often found in nature, the ones that have an orange color be either in the flora or fauna these are not fluorescent. Fluorescent vests need very little light to do their job of reflecting as much light as possible. These orange vests can also be seen from very far especially if you are moving. In fact, most states have adopted the orange fluorescent vests as a legal obligation for all hunters to have and use.
Additional clothing items for hunters
Depending on the environment of which you are hunting you should equip yourself accordingly. If the environment is a harsher colder type then your main priority is insolation and to the ability to keep yourself dry. In a more arid climate heatstroke will be your main concern, dress lightly with colors that don’t trap the heat of the son and try to hunt from places with shade. In the arid climate, dehydration is also a big concern so do pack accordingly.
- Long johns
- Cargo or wool pants
- Wool socks
In addition to your clothes and hunting rifle, there are a few important items which you should always have with you as a prepper or as a hunter. Finding yourself without one of these items will make your hunting experience a bad one especially if you are bugging out and other people rely on you for food.
- Fire starting kit
- First aid kit
- Signaling device
- Communications tool
- Extra pair of dry socks
- Hatchet or ax
No matter if you are a prepper or a hunter you should always wear the appropriate clothing. While you are hunting this is even more important to avoid accidents. If you wear the appropriate clothes other hunters can see that you are human and in an SHTF situation keep your fingers crossed if this is a good or bad thing. But for day to day hunting the above mentioned fluorescent vests are extremely important clothing for a hunter.