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Knowing how to keep feet warm while hunting is a must, especially when you’re waiting for your prey in tree stands. Cold weather can be a hassle to your feet. Cold toes are definitely a pain in the neck. And you may also risk getting frostbites or even blisters.
Here are the ways to keep your feet safe from the freezing weather. Along with that, I will also answer some questions that get asked frequently whenever this subject pops up.
How Keep Feet Warm While Hunting?
#1. Put on Some Socks
As you know, socks are a must-have for outdoor activities, which makes choosing the right socks very important. First comes the materials. You can’t expect much from cotton socks because they lack the wicking ability. Meaning your feet will feel even colder and clammy from your sweat.
What experienced hunters recommend are wool socks. The fabric of wool socks is sweat-wicking. They keep the sweat and the moisture away from your feet, leaving you with warm, happy feet.
#2. Heated Socks
Heated socks are the best way to keep feet warm while stand hunting.
The idea of sitting still on the ground or in the tree stand for hours in the biting cold doesn’t sound pleasant. To make the experience better, the heated socks will heat your feet by micro electric wires inside the fabric of the socks. And don’t worry, you can’t feel the wires.
For a casual winter day, you only need the heat setting to be at a low level. It’s unlikely that you’ll have to use high settings, so the battery life shouldn’t be a bother.
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#3. Wool Socks
The best type of wool socks is Merino wool socks. Merino is thinner, softer, and thicker than other types of wools. They have excellent wicking ability and can prevent you from blistering. They are also very durable.
I would also suggest Smartwool walking socks. They are super breathable that you can comfortably wear it all day. They also keep your ankle in place to minimize the risk of sprained ankles.
#4. Boots Cover
It turns out that shower caps can be great boot covers as well. You can wrap them around your boots and tie them to your high ankles. This way, the water from rain and snow will not be able to get to your feet. If you don’t want too much attention on these odd shoe gaiters, put them over your socks before putting on your shoes. The shower cap can be a great waterproof layer.
Don’t forget to do some experiments beforehand! You can end up drenching your socks or sweat your feet if you wear shower caps the wrong way.
#5. Insulated Boots
It’s much more comfortable to go on a hunt in winter with a waterproof insulated boot, rather than rely entirely on the shoe gaiters. Besides, it only costs you an extra $20-$30. This investment is worth it. Waterproof insulated boots provide much more warmth and safety than regular hunting boots.
For this reason, the Irish Setter brand is most trusted for hunting and working boots. What I like about this brand is the flexibility and lightweight quality of their products.
#6. Insulated Mats Camping
Insulated boots wouldn’t be enough to keep your feet warm from standing on snow for hours.
In that case, an insulated mat will do a lot of help. Standing on it separates you from the snow, maintaining your feet dry and warm. It also helps reduce fatigue and keeps your concentration on track.
You should invest in high-quality insulated mats, most of them are waterproof and are made from closed-cell foam.
But if you don’t plan to buy an insulated mat, use cardboards. Of course, they are not as effective, but they are good enough to make sure your feet are insulated. Many hunters also use them when they’re in a rush.
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#7. Insole Foot Warmers
Insole foot warmer is the way you can count on whether you’re hunting on a tree stand or the snowy ground. It can provide heat for your feet up to 9 hours without causing any discomfort.
- All you have to do is shake them and put the heated insoles into your boots. The insoles will heat up after 15-20 minutes.
- Plastic wraps and maxi pads are cheaper substitutes for insole warmers. They are not as good but work fine if the hunt is not too long.
The special thing about the plastic wrap is thinness, so it’s easier to fit your shoes. About maxi pads, it’s a lifehack in China to prevent foot odor when wearing military boots, which are similar to camping boots.
#8. Heat Packs Hand Warmers
Staying warm while treestand hunting is the top priority for every hunter. When your body is exposed to a lower temperature, not only your feet, but your hands are also the first part of getting cold.
So how to keep hands and feet warm in extreme cold?
Similar to insoles, there are also heat packs to warm up your hands and increase your body temperature. I like them because they are cost-effective and portable.
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#9. Keep Your Feet Dry On Skis Hinges
Skiing for hours on those skimpy boots that come with cross-country skis is irritating. Those boots are merely durable or warm.
But when there’s a will, there’s a way: You can retrofit snowshoe bindings to your pair of cross-country skis. By doing this, you can wear warmer, more comfortable boots on your skis, rather than those skimpy boots.
It’s really simple. First, remove the boot binding on your pair of skis. Next, instead of metal rods, use door hinges as a pivot to attach the snowshoe bindings to your skis. That’s it! Now you can wear whatever boots you want on your skis.
#10. Keep Your Head Warm
Experts pointed out that if your head is cold, it will constrict blood vessels to your hands and feet first, and then your whole body. They will be cold no matter how many socks or gloves you’re wearing.
So remember to cover your head when you’re on a hunt! You will do the rest of your body a huge favor.
This is Merino wool for socks we are talking about, but it’s no exception for headcovers, too. Merino wool keeps your head insulated, dry, and the same goes for your feet.
1. How do you keep your feet warm if they sweat?
You can use antiperspirant deodorant on feet to keep warm.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association advises applying it to your dry feet before you sleep and cleaning it off in the morning. Do this every night for 3-4 days in a row. After that, you can repeat it once a week.
2. How do I keep my feet warm in rubber boots?
Many hunters recommend insole foot warmers to keep your feet dry and warm while wearing rubber boots. Another way is to improve your circulation by wearing suspenders instead of belts.
3. How can I make my shoes warmer?
- You need to start with choosing the right socks. As I mentioned, Merino wool socks are the best ones.
- Next, foot warmers are a cost-friendly way.
- Lastly, you can consider investing in overboots. They can be quite pricey, I must say.
The Wrap Up
Those are the most effective way to protect your feet from the bitter weather of a winter hunt. By following these tips, your feet are sure to be warm, dry, and blister-free.
Now, here is a few things you should note to keep your feet happy and healthy:
- Always bring extra socks to change when your socks are soaked up
- Keep your head warm, so your body won’t get cold
- It’s safer to have a friend with you when hunting. Plus, the more, the merrier!
I hope you’ll have a fantastic hunt with these improvements. That is all about how to keep feet warm while hunting!