When hunting do you dress the part?

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    Sidney Smith

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    In other words to you dress in period clothing? I personally do not, as I have no interest in the clothing. However, I have seen a few hunters about dressed in colonial type garb. I will admit they looked really cool.
     
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    Im into a comfortable hunt, could be shorts, could be sweats, could be long johns. I just like to be happy in my blind:D One day maybe
     
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    Last time I hunted I wore my brown moccasin style house shoes, jeans and a brown tee shirt.
     
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    I just wear the old farm clothes, and ragged coat if needed. I suppose one could say just common wear in todays style. Back in the day, common wear was what the long hunters wore, I think, unless one was on an English fox hunt.
    No pun for the style hunters wear to replicate the era, does look good, but unless the sewing is done by the wearer, I believe a good Sunday go to meeting suit would be less expensive.
     
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    I would like to but the blaze orange legal requirement sorta kills the spirit of recreating/reenacting. Plus, I consider good hunting boots a critical safety factor when in the woods, particularly if alone. They are not 'authentic'.
     
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    When on a hunt of any kind I go for comfort and clothing that I don't mind getting bloody or really messy with water mud or any kind of nasty material. Seems to me that period clothing would be too expensive to ruin.
     
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    Around here, blaze orange is required so that ruins the entire purpose of dressing the part. May as well look like Elmer Fudd.
     
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    I was going to mention the orange requirements. Only time we don't need it here in Pa is during waterfowl dove archery and Flintlock season. All other seasons require orange.
     
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    I have squirrel hunting and rabbit hunting in winter. Dressing the part adds an additional level of skill and fun. I've even hunted in -20 F weather, period clothes, harsh weather and a flintlock really add a lot of dimension to the hunting experience.
     
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    I think dressing the part enhances the feeling of a traditional hunt ….

    The first day of spring turkey season ….ankle high moccasins
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    A blaze orange wool cape that meets the legal requirement yet still looks fairly PC

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    A moose hunt in buckskins and elk boots I sewed myself.

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    I never dress "period" but have hunted with a friend who does. The period I've chosen to replicate is from the 1960s to the 2000s. The BP rifle is MY primitive excursion.
     
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    My wife and I on a late December hunt at our cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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    Logo; awesome pictures.
     
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    When I made my first longrifle, I wore period clothing on my hunts for about the first nine years.
    To me, wearing what was worn by Longhunters of the 18th century, gave me a much better idea of what it was like to be out hunting in all weathers. I was (as close as possible) trying to Experience the whole thing, and wearing the same stuff, (breechclout, wool leggings, and a linen hunting shirt or three, (gets down way past minus 30 up here) plus a wool blanket that can be worn in different ways, was part of it.
    I must say though, wool leggings (good quality wool) was warmer to me than long-johns, jeans and even a snow-suit, and I felt Free and could walk and run with no hindrance. I wore Canadian winter moose-hide mocs with Felt liners, (not quite H-C, but Warm as toast as long as it was minus 10C or colder, as they stayed dry.)

    To me the thrill was about Experiencing all I could of "how it was", and felt going period gear and clothing opened a window to another age for me.... a window into the past.

    Only reason I don't don the stuff as much these days, is farm work seems to keep me on the trot, and if I hunt, it's a quick look 'round and back at it.
    ...Plus the fact my knees don't want to run these days!

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    I do as much as possible to hunt in period garb. My only allowance is footwear. I had to cut short a couple deer hunts due to bruising on my feet the did not allow me to continue hunting. The country I hunt is rocky and I just don’t have tough enough feet.

    Tags are hard to come by so I don’t feel bad about getting the most of my time and using good hunting boots.

    If game allows I will put my mocs on for the final stock.

    For me it’s all in the fun. I do it for my enjoyment and nothing else.
     
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    I have in the past donned early garb to include leggings and mocs. I had a quite extensive wardrobe for reenacting the F&I / pre-revolutionary war period. I enjoyed being historic whether small game or deer hunting. When we first had the requirement to wear hunter orange during muzzleloader deer season I went with a orange weskit and orange toque. Now I just wear my normal everyday wear and boots.
     
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