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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!
The summer heat in Texas can be brutal, but that doesn’t mean the hunting has to stop. There are still plenty of opportunities to get out and bag some game, you just have to know where to look. We’ll go over some of the best bets for summer hunting in Texas.
For starters, many deer species are actually more active in specific time windows during the summer months. This is because they are trying to avoid the heat of the day and do most of their feeding at night. So, if you’re looking to hunt deer in the summer, your best bet is to go out early in the morning or late in the evening.
Another great option for summer hunting is hogs. These animals are active year-round, but they really enjoy wallowing in mud to cool off during the hot summer days. This makes them easier to find and hunt.
If you’re looking for a challenge, you can also try hunting Aoudad sheep. These animals are native to Africa and were introduced to Texas in the 1950s. They are extremely wary and difficult to hunt, but they can provide a real thrill for experienced hunters. In addition, the Scimitar Horned Oryx, which is native to Africa and Asia, can also be found in Texas. These animals are not as difficult to hunt as the Aoudad, but they can still provide a nice challenge.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, hunting in the Texas summer heat sounds hot. And it can be. But if you take the proper precautions, such as wearing light-colored clothing and staying hydrated, you can make it through a day of hunting in the Texas heat. Remember, the key is to start early and end early, so you can avoid the worst of the heat.
In fact, many people actually prefer to hunt in the summer because there are fewer hunters out and about. So, if you’re looking for a little more peace and quiet on your next Texas hunting trip, consider heading out during the summer months.
Here at Nine Bar Ranch, we offer year-round hunting opportunities, so you can come out and enjoy the sport no matter what time of year it is. If you want to hunt during the summer, we can help you find the best spots and provide tips on how to stay cool. Contact us today to learn more.