Hunting can be slow and frustrating if Mother Nature throws a warm hunting season at you. But things can take a drastic turn for the better with the onset of a cold snap. Whether you get snow or just a good, prolonged cold front, the hunting can improve on a dime. But cold whether can also make certain parts of the hunt more tedious. Here are some things to keep in mind when your prayers for cold weather finally pay off.
You can see a your quarry's breath when it is cold outside. I have spotted numerous game animals by the cloud of breath that they released upon exhaling while bedded down. But just as you can see there breath, they can see yours. Keep this in mind. Along those same lines, breath condensing on optics has ruined more than one hunter's chances at a good buck. Breath through your nose to help avoid fogging your scope and binoculars. You can also pick up anti-fogging gels and sprays to help deal with this. If you use lens caps for your scope you should constantly be checking to make sure moisture didn't get trapped in them and freeze up and also to make sure that they haven't frozen shut.
Freezing temperatures cause joints and limbs to lock up and get tight. The last thing a hunter wants to be stiff and have no feeling in is his trigger hand. If you lose good trigger press technique you just might cost yourself that animal that you have been dreaming about all year. Just as Lt. Dan from Forest Gump ironically insists on taking care of your feet, a hunter should take care of his hands. Good gloves and hand warmers are a must. A piece of equipment that I have found essential for cold weather hunting is the insulated pad for sitting on. The more comfortable you are the longer you can stay out in the field and thus the higher your chances are of taking an animal. A good pad under your rear-end will help accomplish this.
Lastly don't forget to eat and drink while hunting in cold weather. You are going to expend more energy on that 4.5 mile hunt in a foot of snow than you would in 60 degree weather. Your body requires more hydration and nutrition. Make sure you are meeting that need.
Follow these simple precautions to capitalize on that cold snap that we all dream of.