Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or new to the sport, hunting in the Texas heat can be challenging. With temperatures routinely reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months, it’s important to take steps to ensure your safety while hunting in the heat. Here are a few tips to help you stay cool and comfortable while hunting in the Lone Star State.
- Dress for the heat
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing in breathable fabrics to help you stay cool and comfortable. Avoid dark colors, which will absorb heat, and opt for light colors, which will reflect heat. If possible, wear a hat or visor to protect your head from the sun.
We recommend wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, light-colored pants, and a wide-brimmed hat. This will help you stay cool while still providing protection from the sun and warding off insect bites.
- Stay hydrated
Doing anything outdoors in the Texas summer heat can quickly cause you to get dehydrated, and hunting is no exception! Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you further, and opt for water or sports drinks to keep your body properly hydrated.
A pro tip is to carry hydration packets with you to help replenish lost electrolytes and keep your body properly hydrated. Additionally, we recommend carrying at least one liter of water per hour of hunting.
- Take breaks
When the temperatures start to rise, take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned space. This will help your body cool down and prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
If possible, take a break every 30 minutes to an hour. During your break, drink fluids, eat a snack, and apply sunscreen if you’re going to be in the sun.
- Avoid strenuous activity
Hunting in the heat can be taxing on your body, so it’s important to avoid strenuous activity. If you must hike, take breaks often and go at a slower pace to prevent overheating.
Try not to hike uphill in the heat, as this will make your body work harder and increase your heart rate. If possible, hunt in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler outside.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a condition that can occur when you’re overexposed to heat or participating in strenuous activity in hot weather. Symptoms include heavy sweating, lightheadedness, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
If you experience any of these symptoms, stop what you’re doing and find a cool place to rest. Drink fluids and seek medical attention if the symptoms persist.
At Nine Bar Ranch, we want you to enjoy your time outdoors, so be sure to take the necessary precautions when hunting in hot weather. Stay cool out there!