Clothing for the discerning sportsman
This section will cover clothing, not just for hunting, but for casual and concealed carry purposes.
Before I get into some specific recommendations, I want to say that proper clothing for hunting is a bit of a touchy subject with me. Simply put, I don’t think enough of us take this issue seriously. Here are my reasons that this should matter to all of us:
- The right clothing can have a profound impact on your enjoyment of the hunt. Doubt me? Go whitetail hunting in northern Wisconsin at season’s end, dressed in a t-shirt and cutoffs. Or…try to scale a mountain in pursuit of Dahl sheep dressed in your favorite tight 5-pocket Levi’s. Seriously, choosing clothing that is appropriate for the elements you expect to face is very, very important.
- The right clothing can actually help you hunt. If nothing else, properly-chosen hunting attire will allow you the necessary freedom of motion to easily handle your firearm, and having the right-sized pockets in all the right places will make it easier for you to get at your gear.
- Perhaps most importantly, your clothing can help convey a positive (or at least, less negative) image of hunting to the non-hunters you encounter. According to the NRA, the vast majority of Americans don’t have strong feelings either way about hunting. But many of these people could form a less-than-favorable impression of our sport if we dress for it looking like bums or hoodlums. Dressing properly will help us further the cause of our beloved pastime.
I’ve created a few clothing collections (the titles for which you can see in the left column), loosely organized around various kinds of hunting. These are not intended to be definitive, but you could certainly do worse than the recommendations here.
Oh, and whatever you choose, the following is a list of things you should never wear while hunting or visiting a rifle range:
- T-shirts with tasteless hunting slogans. Messages like “if it flies, it dies” or “if it’s brown, it’s down” may seem deathlessly clever to you, but I can almost guarantee they won’t be well-received by some members of the public. Try to avoid conveying a negative image of our pastime with shirts like this.
- Clothing with political slogans. We all know how witty it is to portray Obama or Hillary as the bulls-eye of a target, but again, some people may see it a bit differently. We don’t do ourselves any favors by alienating people, no matter how bizarre their political views may be.
- Clothing that looks like large billboards for alcoholic beverages or tobacco companies. There’s nothing positive to be conveyed by such attire.
- Shirts with pictures of scantily-clad women. If we want to look at that kind of stuff, we’ll buy a Playboy magazine, thank you.
- Any Oakland Raiders clothing. It is a well-known fact that all Raiders fans are certified morons. No need to advertise your mental deficiency while hunting.