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What to Consider When Choosing Hunting Socks?

Time : 2024-01-05 Hits : 9

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One of the main reasons hunters get cold feet is not because their socks aren’t thick enough but rather because the socks don’t effectively wick away moisture. Cotton socks are notorious for not staying dry, which makes them a terrible choice for just about every hunting scenario. Even if your feet are only slightly wet, that damp feeling is compounded when the temperature dips, especially if you’re dealing with demanding conditions like rain or snow.

Subsequently, socks made of merino wool or alpaca wool are great choices. Most modern hunting socks are blends of merino, polyester, and nylon. The use of merino or alpaca wool has another benefit to hunters beyond just keeping feet comfortable. These materials are excellent for odor control, especially for an active hunter doing spot and stalks over rugged terrain. It’s also a relief for backcountry hunters because you can carry fewer pairs of socks without them reeking at the end of a week-long hunt away from civilization.

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Sock Types

The three most common types of socks available to hunters are lightweight, midweight, and heavyweight. In my experience, midweight socks are a good catch-all type that fits just about any season, although you may need to add a liner or additional layer depending on the scenario. I’ve found they pair extremely well with a heavy pair of rubber covered yarn. My feet don’t sweat at all with some good merino wool midweights. This sock type makes for some excellent scent control for wary whitetails and other species that depend on their nose.

Lightweight socks obviously work better for warmer climates such as the swelteringly hot dove hunt that I participated in in south Texas earlier this year. Lightweights are an excellent choice for the warm conditions usually present in spring turkey hunts.

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Heavyweight socks are best for late season or stationary hunters who need warmth for extended periods. These can lead to sweaty feet depending on the type of boot and any layering. Because of this, they are not great for active hunters who are continuously on the move spotting and stalking.

While many manufacturers now make hunting specific socks, many types of hiking socks are a good choice, too. These socks are designed with breathability and the prevention of feet blisters in mind. Many also feature reinforcements in high stress areas that make them perfect for strenuous, off-trail hiking such as may be required on a high elevation mountain hunt.  

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