Monday, November 17, 2014

Deer Hunting, Clothing

Yesterday's session in the deer stand only lasted a couple of hours before Kubota got cold.  The floor of the stand is 12 feet (4m) above ground and it gets a wee bit breezy up there.

Hunting from a stand is a sedentary occupation.  You might be cooking along at 1.2 METS sitting motionlessly in that stand....perhaps 100W.  Walking with all of your gear, by contrast, is churning out 3.5-to-4.0 METS...300W.  That creates much more body heat.  A clothing system that is perfectly comfortable walking around at -5 F (-18 C) will result in misery if you are sitting still at 30 F (-1 C).

Kubota was very nattily attired in form-fitting togs of matching camo.  That kind of thing is important to kids. He looked sharp!

Kubota has warmer clothes, but they make him look fat.

I, on the other hand, wore layers, layers and more layers.  I look like a very dingy version of the Michelin Man, except I wear enormous, mil-surp, insulated mittens.

Whereas my brothers look more like the Puff Marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.

Kubota got cold.

The first rule of teaching your kids to love hunting is to stop while it is still fun.  He seemed to notice that he was cold immediately after his bag of M&Ms was empty.

It kind of sucks to climb out of a stand at Deer-twenty-five.  But I really don't need the meat and I want my kids to love the out-of-doors.  Priorities, priorities, priorities.

My hope is that Kubota will upgrade his wardrobe the next time we go out.  Few things are as motivating as a little bit of discomfort.


  1. Warm is good, pretty? Who cares... :-)

    1. Is it safe to assume that you are no longer a teenager?

  2. I don't know how many times in the past several months I've uttered the phrase "It's not a fashion contest, Drew!" I suppose I may have been the same way once (ok, I KNOW I was), but now I'm all about the warmth. I don't care what I look like!

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