To Wear Fleece or Wool

I've heard differing opinions on wearing fleece or wool as insulation for hunting. Can you shed some light in the advantages of each? Which would you recommend?
--J.

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**Q: **I've heard differing opinions on wearing fleece or wool as insulation for hunting. Can you shed some light in the advantages of each? Which would you recommend?--J.

A:Actually, I use both. Both are very quiet in the woods, and provide some insulation when wet, though when thoroughly soaked fleece can be wrung out, unlike wool. Fleece also normally provides more loft, creating more "dead" air-space, which normally means more warmth.

But fleece itself, unlike tight-woven wool, doesn't block the wind, often negating this advantage. Fleece provides much more warmth if paired with an outer windbreaker, whether wool, canvas or some sort of synthetic such as Gore-Tex or the highly effective Windstopper.

Fleece also tends to pick up every darn thorn, seed or other particle of loose vegetation in the woods, sometimes so thoroughly that stuff actually has to be cut off the fabric. Wool isn't nearly as sticky, and any debris can usually be brushed off.

All of which explains why fleece generally works better as an under layer, and wool as an outer layer.

**Q: **What are the best sights for low-light bowhunting? I've been using a peep, but I don't see as well as I used to.

A:Your peep is a big disadvantage in low light, cutting down the amount of lifht reaching your eye. Try learning to shoot without it, using only a consistent anchor point. With fiberoptic sight pins that pick up the slightest traces of ambient light, you should be albe to aim at any deer during legal hunting hours.