Outfitter Jeff Wasley (left) and Huntley Ritter start layering up for the day. Breathable base and mid-layers are critical along with a waterproof outer layer to block the wind. Hunters need to bring duplicates of everything to stay warm and dry.
Breathable base layers (top and bottom) made of moisture-wicking wool, polypro or Capilene fabrics are followed by a mid-layer fleece to create an air pocket that traps warmth. Being comfortable will allow you to extend your time in the field.
Mittens will keep your hands warmer as fingers stay close together, but gloves offer more dexterity. Wearing thin liner gloves underneath either choice allows you to drop the outer gloves for better trigger control and easier loading.
While it's a myth to say that the majority of your body heat is lost through your head, the combination of a breathable cap, which pulls down over your ears, and a thick muff that insulates your neck, will go a long way toward keeping you warm.
Heavy, breathable, windproof outer layers are a must when goose hunting, particularly since so much of your time is spent laying down on the damp ground in cold, windy conditions.
A small, camouflage backpack or bag is perfect for hauling shells, calls, extra gloves and a snack out to the blind. Packing a thermos of hot tea or coffee will help warm you from the inside out. Throw in a candy bar for extra energy.
This blind bag has it all—outer loops for shotshells, zippered storage pockets for calls and snacks, and a large strap so you can sling it over your shoulder. Keeping your hands free makes toting guns and decoys a lot easier.