Besides your crossbow and arrows, clothing is your most important consideration. Your clothing not only must protect you from the elements and rough terrain, but it also should meet these special requirements of crossbow hunting. Crossbow hunters who are comfortable and remain motionless will see more game than those who are restless because they are wearing uncomfortable clothing.
- Low Noise: Clothing must make as little noise as possible because crossbow hunting is done in closer proximity to game than firearm hunting. Wool, brushed cotton, or new soft-nap synthetic clothing minimizes fabric rustling.
- Proper Fit: Clothing that’s too tight will restrict movement when cocking the crossbow. Clothing that fits too loosely may catch and interfere with a clear shot.
Boots: Consider Comfort and Safety
Boots that fit poorly or that have improper soles or treads can cause problems. Make sure your boots—and all of your equipment—are well-suited for the weather and terrain you’ll encounter.
- Soft-crepe boot soles with little or no tread are exceptionally quiet if you decide to still hunt. However, while these soles will allow rocks to bite into their soft surface and give you good traction on rough terrain, they can be slippery in dry leaves or on moss, thereby causing a fall.
- Some boots are made with liners that have pockets for inserting toe warmer packets.