Best Socks For Deer Hunting
You know those mornings where your alarm has gone off and your sitting bolt upright in your tent.
Still surrounded by the warmth of your down sleeping bag, you almost shudder as you flick your headlight on to discover your boots and your hunting socks have frozen solid overnight.
It’s almost as if you have to mentally prepare yourself for what comes next.
There is nothing natural or nice about sliding your warm dry feet into a freezing wet sock and it’s not much fun having to then put them into boots that are frozen solid.
In the early days of my deer hunting adventures, our socks offered little respite from the cold.
Once wet they would seldom get warm again. You would constantly be stopping to pull them up as they’d bunch inside your boot and because of that blisters were common.
Today, on the other hand, it doesn’t matter so much if wake to find everything’s frozen. If you have chosen the right hunting sock, within minutes of starting your morning hunt your feet are going to be warming up.
A good sock will stay warm and you won’t have any issues with them bunching inside your boot.
What To Look For In A Good Hunting Sock
If you’re going to be doing a good amount of backpack hunting then you want a sock that offers a good amount of padding with the ability to wick the moisture away from your feet.
Socks that lack padding and hold moisture with will cause painful blisters the moment there’s a bit of friction. So by choosing the right sock, it can literally be the difference between a great day of hunting on the hill or a miserable one.
The Three Most Important Factors To Look For In A Good Hunting Sock Are :
- Padding. Specifically in those problem areas prone to blistering (toes and heels and balls of your feet).
- Moisture-wicking. Keeping those feet dry not only helps prevents painful blistering it also makes it easier to keep them feet warm.
- Insulation. The overall thickness can help to make sure your socks are warmer.
Just like your other hunting clothes what’s more important, is the material your socks are made from.
What Is The Best Material For A Hunting Sock
Not all socks are created equal and there are some that provide superior insulation.
Unlike those sweat socks that you wear to the gym when your out hunting anything cotton is your enemy. Not only will cotton take forever to dry once wet, but it’s also terrible at offering any kind of warmth. Just like your Gym gear, they will start to smell if use them back to back.
In terms of the perfect fiber for a hunting sock, it’s hard to look past merino wool. Merino wool is extremely effective at drawing moisture away from your feet and it will continue to insulate your feet even once they are wet.
Just ask any hunter that needs to cross a few rivers to get to their hunting area. They will tell you how much of a difference having warm feet make when you have a long day of hunting ahead of you.
This is even truer where you will likely be sitting still in a blind or tree stand waiting for that trophy buck to show itself.
Here are a couple of our current favorite hunting socks you might like to consider:
Possumdown Hunting Socks.
Who would have thought a possum/merino blend could offer so much comfort. These provide superior warmth to a full merino wool sock and are lighter and quicker drying.
Produced in New Zealand and made with a fiber blend of New Zealand merino wool and Australian brushtail possum. The brushtail possum was introduced to New Zealand in the late 1850’s to create a fur industry.
Like most mammals introduced to this beautiful country which is teaming with bird life and has no native predators, they have taken over the forests. Along with rats, stoats, and ferrites they are now targeted for the disastrous effect they are having on the country’s ecosystem.
So not only are you going to have toasty warm feet and be the envy of your hunting buddies but you can also rest easy knowing your supporting conservation efforts in God’s own.
The only downside to these cozy socks is they are pricier than your standard merino wool hiking sock. If you really love your feet, these are worth every cent and we swear by them. If this is slightly out of reach then finding a good merino wool sock is your second best option.
Merino Wool Hunting Sock
Fortunately, these are far more common which means they are cheaper. Before we found the Possumdown socks the Carhartt Men’s Arctic Wool Heavy Boot Socks were our go to.
The Arctic Heavy Sock is comfortable to wear and offer excellent padding thanks to its reinforced toe and heel and arch support. These are great at keeping your feet insulated on those winter mornings, especially when there’s snow on the ground or a heavy frost.
If your unlucky enough to get wet on the way to your hunting zone these socks will continue to offer you thermal warmth. Not only will they keep your feet warm, on those pesky hill climbs when your heating up and dropping moisture.
They are great at wicking sweaty moisture away from your feet, keeping those feet dry and blister free.