Here’s how to protect your skin while hunting.
When heading out hunting, it is important to take the correct precautions to protect yourself from the elements. Hunters are exposed to sun, wind, and rain as well as parasites and diseases that most people will never be exposed to.
Read on for some of the best protective gear available, to ensure that your next hunting trip is both safe and comfortable.
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Being exposed to ultraviolet light is a part of being outside, and everyone should take precautions against its dangerous effects. Slathering on sunscreen should always be your first line of defense against the sun, and wearing clothing that covers as much of your body as possible will keep harmful UV rays at bay. The risk of developing melanoma from overexposure to UV radiation is serious. More than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States every year, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.
Skin is not the only part of your body that should be protected from UV radiation. A hunter’s eyes are one of his most important tools, and it’s equally important to protect them from the elements. Eyes exposed to too much UV radiation can develop photokeratitis, a condition that is essentially a sunburn on the eye, reports The American Optometric Association.
For hunters who will be out in the sun all day, protective eyewear is a must. The ideal set of sunglasses for hunters should have impact resistant lenses that feature 100 percent UV protection, and also repel water and dust—ensuring that a hunter’s vision is never compromised.
Hunters headed to wet climates need to consider protecting themselves against the effects of rain and strong winds. Galoshes and a raincoat might work for non-hunters—outdoorsmen need to look for gear that protects them from the elements, and doesn’t interfere with the need for stealth and agility.
Cabela’s rain gear is easily packable, 100 percent waterproof, breathable, and quiet so that it won’t disrupt a hunt with nylon rustling sounds. The right rain gear can make the difference between coming home with a trophy buck or coming home wet and empty handed.
Every hunter’s kit should also include protection against insects native to the region, as insects are common carriers of diseases and parasites. When choosing repellents, look for products that use N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET, they are the most effective.
The EPA reports that one-third of the U.S. population uses DEET-based chemical repellents to protect themselves from the harmful bites of insects such as ticks and mosquitoes. DEET-based sprays can help keep insects disinterested in making a meal of you.
While chemical barriers such as sprays can be an effective deterrent against insects, many require frequent reapplication to remain effective. One of the most consistent lines of defense against insects is Rynoskin protective clothing. The innovative design provides an impenetrable layer of lightweight fabric designed to be worn under the clothing to protect against the bites of sand fleas, midges, ticks, and chiggers.
Do you have any other pointers for protecting your skin while hunting?