Three Things To Know Before Buying Your Next Pair Of Hunting Socks

Your decision on which hunting socks to buy could make or break your next hunt.

hunting with hunting dog
Better wear good socks if you plan to keep up with your hunting dog.Unsplashed

Hunting socks are made from such a wide variety of materials that choosing a pair can get confusing. Words and terms like “dri,” “moisture wicking,” “tech” and others throw more confusion into the equation. But one thing’s for sure—the perfect pair of hunting socks will ensure you have happy feet at the end of the day. To make a good selection, consider three important factors—the material the socks are made of, the weather you will be hunting in and whether or not you need scent control.

Material

Dickies Socks
Made of 78 percent cotton, these socks are more suitable for conditions when you’re not likely to get your feet wet.Amazon

Hunting socks are made of wool, cotton, polyester, nylon, spandex or a combination of any or all of those. The combination of materials used in making the socks is what makes them good or bad for a particular purpose. Cotton socks stay wet once they get that way. Wool socks dry somewhat faster, but not as quickly as those made with nylon and other manmade fabrics. A combination of about 65 to 75 percent polyester, with the remainder being a mix of nylon and spandex, is a good all-around sock for keeping your feet dry and comfortable in a wide range of conditions. Not only will they dry quickly if they get wet, they'll wick sweat away from your feet, adding even more comfort.

Weather

Realtree Socks
This lightweight sock is designed for use on warmer weather hunts.Amazon

The conditions you will be hunting in—hot weather or cold, dry weather or wet—will also be important to your selection. In hot weather, stay away from wool and cotton socks, as both will make you sweat and will stay wet longer. Polyester-blend socks can be used in both cases, you just need to choose heavier ones for cold weather and lighter ones when it's warm outside. If it's cold and dry, a good pair of heavy wool or cotton socks should serve you well. But if it's cold and wet, a pair of heavy polyester/nylon/spandex socks will be better at ensuring your feet stay warm and dry.

Scent Considerations

Scentlock socks
These socks from ScentLok combine silver and carbon-fiber technologies with advanced moisture-wicking capability for foot odor control.Amazon

Face it: Sometimes when hunting, your feet just stink! If you're hunting upland birds, turkeys or waterfowl, that might not be important. But if your quarry is whitetail deer or other species with a keen sense of smell, odorous feet could scare away that buck of a lifetime, ruining your entire hunt. Some socks are constructed with odor elimination in mind, using a combination of carbon, silver and other materials. If your feet sweat a lot and get really smelly, try a pair of odor-eliminating hunting socks next time you head to the field. Even if they don't help you score with a big buck, they might make your wife happier upon your return home!