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Hunt and Ride Comfortably Late Season With These Clothing and Gear Tips

Late season hunting means adding another layer or two to your hunting outfit. You want to be warm, but not so bundled up that body movement is overly restricted, like Ralphie’s little brother wore on the way to school in the movie “A Christmas Story.”

Today’s high-tech fabrics allow you to wear less while staying warmer in the woods. Blustery days require wearing all the layers from start to finish, while balmy days allow you to peel off layers as the sun warms the air.

What makes layering so effective is you can adjust what you are wearing with the prevailing conditions. On warmer days, the base and mid layer might be enough. Just aim for comfort and the level of warmth that suits your needs.

Layer up with these late-season hunting garments that demonstrate how base, middle and outer layers work together to provide the most comfortable and effective dryness and warmth.



Base Layer

Moving perspiration away from your skin, or “wicking”, is the job of the next-to-skin base layer. Wicking underwear base layers keep skin dry in cold weather. Synthetics like polyester and nylon are ideal materials. Lightweight, midweight and heavyweight are your options for weight. Just remember the primary purpose of a base layer is wicking.




Cabela’s E.C.W.C.S Heavyweight Base Layer Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Pullover


Cabela’s Extended Cold Weather Clothing System was originally adopted for use by the U.S. military and U.S. Special Operations Forces for its exceptional moisture-wicking and thermal properties. This military-grade base layer has flatlock seams for an enhanced fit and comfort, plus thumbholes on the sleeves to prevent them from riding up as you put on other layers. Fitted for perfect layering. Polyester/spandex fabric features dual-surface construction with a smooth fleece face and a grid fleece back; grid fleece reduces bulk but increases compressibility for warmth without bulk. Garments are fortified with 4MOST INHIBIT to help suppress odor.

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Cabela’s E.C.W.C.S Heavyweight Base Layer Pants

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Cabela’s E.C.W.C.S Midweight Base Layer Long Sleeve Crew

Heavier than our lightweight option and lighter than our heavyweight option, this military-grade base layer has flatlock seams for an enhanced fit and comfort, plus thumbholes on the easy-moving raglan sleeves to prevent them from riding up as you put on other layers. Fitted for perfect layering. Polyester/spandex fabric features dual-surface construction with a smooth fleece face and a grid fleece back; grid fleece reduces bulk but increases compressibility for warmth without bulk. This men's base layer shirt from Cabela's is fortified with 4MOST INHIBIT to help suppress odor.

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Cabela’s E.C.W.C.S Midweight Base Layer Pants

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MIDDLE LAYER

The insulating layer helps you retain heat radiated by your body. The more efficiently this layer traps heat, the warmer you’ll be. Thicker or puffier materials equals warmer. Polyester fleece is popular with hunters, because it can be worn as an outer layer during early season hunts. Fleece stays warm even when damp and it dries fast. It also breathes well, meaning you are less likely to get too hot. Synthetic insulated jackets are another ideal choice for hunting. They are highly compressible for easy packing. Synthetics don’t compress as well as down, but they are ideal for retaining insulating ability when damp. Plus, you get a shell material providing water and wind resistance.




RedHead 1/4-Zip Tech Hoodie

Designed to keep you agile, mobile, concealed, and stealthy, this RedHead hoodie brings ultra-quiet 100% polyester, a 1/4-zip front for custom ventilation with a chin guard perfect for protecting bearded hunters, and a kangaroo front pocket to keep hands warm and store essentials.

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Cabela’s Instinct Standhunter Softshell Jacket

This Cabela's Instinct hunting jacket with 100% polyester durable fabric brings form-fitting, articulated sleeves for the ultimate fit and function—perfect for drawing or aiming. The contoured collar offers an unobstructed anchor point when you're at full draw. A zip chest pocket keeps small gear close. Zip lower sleeves with stretch gussets let you compress the sleeves for unimpeded draw cycles. Articulated elbows with built-in stretch panels enhance natural movement, for better range of motion. This micro-fleece-lined jacket retain heat to provide better warmth and comfort than ordinary men's hunting jackets.

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OUTER LAYER

This top layer protects you from wind, rain and snow. Think of the outer layer as the shell that protects the middle and base layers. Shells range from simple wind-resistant jackets to parkas. The outer shell is important in stormy weather, because you can get seriously chilled if water penetrates the inner layers. Shells can be waterproof or water resistant, and both categories are breathable. Waterproof shells are also ideal for waterfowl hunting, which occurs during the late season whitetail time period.




Cabela’s Instinct Barrier GORE-TEX Jacket

This Cabela's hunting jacket boasts 100% waterproof/windproof/breathable GORE-TEX protection to keep rain and splash at bay, while also deflecting frigid gusts, all while allowing excess heat and moisture to escape. 3-layer construction keeps you dry even in the nastiest conditions. Articulated elbows allow more natural movement when moving or aiming. Waterproof zipper hardware enhance watertight integrity. The 3-way-adjustable hood includes a built-in visor for custom coverage and sun protection. Pit zips help vent and dump excess heat.

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Cabela’s Instinct Super-Warm Puffy Jacket

This Cabela's hunting puffy jacket serves up extra-warm quilting throughout the body and hood that creates air pockets to trap and retain heat, giving you a constant warming feeling you'll appreciate every time. A zip left hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack for easy packability, while an internal hem adjustment in the pockets allows a personalized fit, completing this Cabela's Instinct jacket as the ideal lightweight, packable cold-weather jacket.

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Cabela’s Instinct Stand Hunter Parka

Dead-quiet 100% polyester micro fleece fabric brings stealth movement and deep-woods durability, with our innovative zoned insulation system for heavyweight, midweight, and lightweight warmth in strategic locations to keep you toasty and focused without overheating. Exclusive SCENTINEL Scent Control Technology reduces your scent signature in the field, neutralizing game's natural advantage. Proprietary 4MOST DRYPLUS 100% waterproof/breathable shielding keeps you dry even in downpour. The insulated, adjustable, zip-off hood allows maximum warmth on your dome along with maximum versatility. A safety-harness pass-through opening in the back lets you settle in safely.

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PANTS



Cabela’s Instinct Glassing Pants with SCENTINEL

These glassing hunting pants sport a waterproof seat and knees to keep you dry while kneeling or sitting on the ground. Exclusive SCENTINEL odor-reducing technology lowers your scent signature to give you an extra edge in the field. Articulated knees with removable knee pads further enhance comfort when waiting or aiming. Large cargo pockets keep gear organized and secure, while silicone on the inside of the waistband keeps tucked shirts in place.

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Cabela’s Instinct Standhunter Softshell Pants

These Cabela's hunting pants with durable 100% polyester fabric bring a contoured elastic back waist, belt loops, and offset button front for a great fit. A zip cargo pocket and rear pocket keep essential gear close. The gusseted crotch allows full range of motion. These micro-fleece-lined pants retain heat to provide better warmth and comfort than ordinary men's hunting pants.

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Footwear



Cabela’s Axis GORE-TEX Insulated Hunting Boots

Made of waterproof nubuck leather and 600D nylon uppers, the Axis' uppers surround feet in waterproof support while shielding feet from low-lying sticks, rocks, and other snags. Inside this easy-moving upper, moisture-wicking linings and 100% waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX membranes block external moisture while allowing perspiration to escape to keep feet dry and comfortable. Bolstered with 400-gram 3M Thinsulate Ultra Insulation, these mobile hunting boots block out the early morning and late evening chill to help you stay focused on the hunt. Under the feet, the dual-density Axis outsoles combine rigid, ground-gripping, perimeter lugs with softer, shock absorbing, interior lugs. Removable footbeds. Rubber toe bumpers.

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Now that you are all set with clothing ideas for staying warm, don’t stop there. Fight off the bone-chilling ride to the hunt with accessories for your off-road vehicle. Here are some ideas, and you can find them all through a TRACKER OFF ROAD dealer.


Handlebar Muffs

Add another layer of protection over your gloves with these water- and wind-resistant nylon muffs. They are easily attached with hook-and-loop fastener straps with an elastic grip strap.


Windguard 2 Windshield

This is one accessory that will take the chill out of the ride. You can attach and remove this windshield in seconds with no tools required. The windshield is adjustable for drivers of all sizes. And it’s RAM-mount ready and fits more than 200 RAM accessories.


Provantage Winch Kit

Should you get stuck in mud or snow you can attach the winch hook to a tree or suitable object to pull the ATV. Includes 50' of durable wire cable, and a powerful motor with 3,000 pounds of pulling capacity. It comes with a handlebar-mounted rocker switch.


Engine Block Heater

This handy accessory makes cold-weather starting smoother by pre-warming liquid-cooled engines with 375 watts of power.


ATV Tire Chains

These rear tire chains are made from hardened steel with a grippy V-bar design. They are easy to attach and provide a secure, solid fit when you need it.

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