Colorado is home to some of the best big game hunting in the world. The season starts off with archery hunting for deer and elk during the month of September and then opens to muzzle loaders for one week only in September by draw only (meaning you have to hunt in the area that your tag is designated). Then rifle hunting wraps up the season for the months of October and November, which are designated also by a draw.
Tip #1: Pick a Thermo-Regulating Base Layer
No matter what season, you're often hiking long miles throughout the day to get into a more remote area where elk or deer would be hanging out so that you can wake up before dawn to go a little further. In September, temperatures can be variable with warm / hot days and cool nights amplified even more if you're at high elevations. Toward the end of rifle hunting season, there could be snow on the ground and freezing temperatures. Regardless of the season, a lightweight merino tee or mid-weight base layer is a great layering option. When you put merino next to skin, it helps regulate body temperature and rapidly moves moisture away from the skin. We can't stress enough the importance of a proper layering system to keep you dry, warm, or cool if the weather calls for it.
Tip #2: Ditch the Stink
Throughout all seasons, it's important to keep the stink down. If you talk to any hunter, they will admit that they spend a lot of money on products that neutralize their smell. Everything from clothing sprays, to deodorants, to even putting a "smell cone" on the outside of their backpacks to limit their smell. This is another reason why merino is a great choice for hunting. Merino naturally neutralizes! Compared to synthetic fabrics, it keeps the stink down when you need it the most.
Tip #3: The Right Sock Can Make or Break Your Day
Lastly, when it comes to sock choice much of what you put on your feet is personal preference. That said, you may have different weight socks for different seasons, or different cushions depending on the outside temperature and how many miles you are putting in that day. A lightweight crew will help you navigate long miles and the change in temperature from warm during the day to cool at night. A medium crew would be a good all around hiking sock with ample warmth at night to keep your feet toasty. When it drops into below freezing, break out the heavy cushionfor ultimate warmth and comfort. Always keep in mind how your sock integrates with your boot. The two should work like a power couple to limit friction and bunching.
If you're skilled enough to be carrying out 200lbs of fresh meat on your back, then you know how strenuous and rewarding the hunt can be. Investing in quality merino products that regulate body temperature, reduce odors, manage moisture, and keep your feet warm will allow you to keep your eye on the prize so that you can fill your freezer for the winter ahead.