Skip to main content

The Best Early-Season Hunting Clothing

The Best Early-Season Hunting Clothing

There is generally a lot more thought put into cold-weather clothing than the duds we wear in the earlier part of the season. This, of course, is due to the fact that it's much easier to tolerate the conditions in September if we make poor choices than it is in December.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

That doesn't mean that we shouldn't plan accordingly for our early-season bowhunts, because we should. I've been hot, cold, wet, and combinations of all of them during many hunts. This is true in the East and the Midwest during crazy weather, and a certainty in the mountains where crazy weather is the rule and not the exception.

Whether you're a treestand hunter looking for a velvet whitetail during Labor Day weekend or plan to hear a few dozen bugles each morning in some far-flung mountain basin, you owe it to yourself to pick the right clothing for the job. Here are several options that will provide you with concealment, comfort, and confidence.


Sitka Gear Thunderhead Jacket


Sitka Gear is expensive, but absolutely worth it. There was a time in my younger years where I simply wouldn't admit that, or even entertain the thought. These days, I realize that I was wrong. Their stuff is amazing, and an excellent choice for stuffing in your pack on any and all mountain hunts is the Thunderhead Jacket.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

Available in the new Subalpine pattern, this soft, quiet raingear is perfect for keeping you dry when that once-distant thunder suddenly booms overhead and you know you're in for one of those pop-up afternoon soakers.

Cabela's Scout Seven-Button Shirt




Cabela's has released an entire line of clothing for scouting and early-season hunts, which includes a Seven-Button Shirt.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

Normally I hate these types of shirts because I feel like I'm getting dressed for a business meeting as opposed to something much more enjoyable, but this one is different because it's designed to fit perfectly. It's also 100-percent polyester, mesh-backed for breathability, and available in O2 Octane camouflage.


Pnuma Tenacity CoolCore Performance Hunting Shirt

Pnuma has stepped into the hunting-clothing ring and they are throwing some haymakers. Exhibit A is their Tenacity CoolCore Performance Hunting Shirt, which is a high-tech, athletic-cut shirt that works quickly to wick away all moisture.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

It does this through the use of hollow-core yarn, which also functions to keep you warm on frosty mornings. This shirt is available in plenty of sizes and is guaranteed for life - think about that for a second.

Browning Hells Canyon Women's Mercury Jacket

The women's camo market is finally catching up to ours thanks in large part to the influx of ladies who are taking to the field. Evidence of this can be found in Browning's Hells Canyon line, with their Women's Mercury Jacket a perfect choice for a bevy of hunting situations.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

This jacket features a harness access for treestsand hunting, multiple zip pockets as well as two internal drop pockets, and is available in a couple of Mossy Oak camo patterns.

ScentLok Full Season Taktix Jacket

Whitetail junkies who spend their days in a treestand from the season's opener on would be well-served to check out the latest from ScentLok. The Full Season Taktix Jacket utilizes Carbon Alloy technology to keep your scent in check, while the NeverWet superhydrophobic treatment allows this jacket to shed water during those rainy early-season days.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

It's also articulated to maximize mobility and designed with a litany of pockets to allow you to keep everything from grunt tubes to rangefinders handy.

Under Armour Mid-Season Wool Jacket

This jacket is too warm for much of the early season, but not all of it. That's why it's the perfect outer layer to shove into your daypack just in case the temps don't climb the way they should this time of year.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

With it's wool-blend outer layer and brushed inner layer, Under Armour's latest is not only comfortable and silent, but also warm. Choose from a couple of UA's camo patterns or Realtree AP Xtra.

Walls 10X Ultra-Lite Long Sleeve Mesh Back Shirt

I used this shirt, along with the Ultra-Lite Pants, a couple of times this spring and summer. The last time was during a June axis hunt in Texas. While chasing those free-range Indian imports, the temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees every day.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

Needless to say, I became a fan of Walls' 10X line then, especially when you consider how reasonably priced their stuff is. The Long Sleeve Mesh Back Shirt costs $25, is constructed of durable ripstop fabric, and is available in Mossy Oak Obsession. Not only is this a great choice for early-season deer, but it is also perfect for spring gobblers.

Danner High Ground

Take a quick look at Danner's latest and you'll see it is covered in Sitka's new Subalpine pattern, which is awesome. Better than the sweet aesthetics, of course, are the many features of these new boots like the fact that they are 100-percent waterproof yet breathable due to the GORE-TEX liners, which ensure no water gets in while allowing moisture to escape.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

High Grounds are non-insulated, weigh 51 ounces per pair, and are anchored by the Danner Gavre Outsole, which employs pentagonal center lugs for crazy grippy surface contact and heavy outer lugs for support. Or in layman's terms, these boots will keep you from falling down hills or rolling your ankles while you hunt the way you want to.

Kenetrek Bridger Ridge High

Some hunting situations demand nothing more than a killer pair of hikers. For those, you can't beat Kenetrek's Bridger Ridge Highs. They weigh only 2.6 pounds per pair, are waterproof and breathable, and feature extra padded uppers and double stitching throughout.

Early-Season-Hunting-Clothing

While not the first choice for a mountain goat hunt, the Bridger Ridges would be perfect for plenty of antelope hunts, not-to-mention Coues deer, desert mulies, and a host of other critters that live out west.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Canyon Ranch Roundup Part 2

Canyon Ranch Roundup Part 2

Bowhunter TV's Derek Mleynek and Equipment Editor Tony J. Peterson head to Texas for a late-season mixed bag hunt in a truly target-rich environment.

Tree Saddle Hunting: Tree Climbing with an Aider

Tree Saddle Hunting: Tree Climbing with an Aider

Go farther, hunt deeper, and trek lighter while enjoying all-day comfort with the newest tree saddle hunting gear and tactics.

Turkey Decoy Beatdown

Turkey Decoy Beatdown

Bowhunter contributor Matt Palmquist witnesses a hen trying to destroy one of his decoys while hunting turkeys in Kansas.

Canyon Ranch Roundup Part 1

Canyon Ranch Roundup Part 1

Bowhunter TV's Derek Mleynek and Equipment Editor Tony J. Peterson head to Texas for a late-season mixed bag hunt that promises plenty of action.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles


What's a hardcore bowhunter? That's hard for me to define—most bowhunters I've met are10 Best Exercises for the Hardcore Bowhunter How-To

10 Best Exercises for the Hardcore Bowhunter

Dan Staton - June 30, 2016

What's a hardcore bowhunter? That's hard for me to define—most bowhunters I've met are

It's important for bowhunters to adapt to the ever-changing scenarios & shot angles on the fly. Treestand Shot Selection for Bowhunters How-To

Treestand Shot Selection for Bowhunters

Tony J. Peterson

It's important for bowhunters to adapt to the ever-changing scenarios & shot angles on the...

Seeing is believing with this year's crop of exciting new optics.New Optics for 2021 ATA Show

New Optics for 2021

Taylor Pardue - January 12, 2021

Seeing is believing with this year's crop of exciting new optics.

A simple, classic steak and French fries duo gets a wild makeover with this Elk Venison Steak-Frites Recipe.Elk Venison Steak-Frites Recipe Recipes

Elk Venison Steak-Frites Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

A simple, classic steak and French fries duo gets a wild makeover with this Elk Venison...

See More Trending Articles

More Apparel

Back when I started hunting the mountains of Oregon, backcountry bowhunters carried a motley arrayNew Bowhunting Packs for 2014 Apparel

New Bowhunting Packs for 2014

Dwight Schuh - August 19, 2014

Back when I started hunting the mountains of Oregon, backcountry bowhunters carried a motley...

If your camo closet is a bit empty and you're looking to pick up a few new pieces of apparel, check out the latest and greatest from these manufacturers.Whitetail Wear for Bowhunters Apparel

Whitetail Wear for Bowhunters

Tony J. Peterson - August 15, 2018

If your camo closet is a bit empty and you're looking to pick up a few new pieces of apparel,...

There is generally a lot more thought put into cold-weather clothing than the duds we wear in theThe Best Early-Season Hunting Clothing Apparel

The Best Early-Season Hunting Clothing

Tony J. Peterson - August 17, 2017

There is generally a lot more thought put into cold-weather clothing than the duds we wear in...

Don't let Old Man Winter call the shots this year; stay longer and hunt harder with the right gear.Cold-Weather Gear for Late-Season Luxury Apparel

Cold-Weather Gear for Late-Season Luxury

Brian K. Strickland

Don't let Old Man Winter call the shots this year; stay longer and hunt harder with the right...

See More Apparel

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Bowhunter App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Bowhunter subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now