Let’s face it, nothing warms the heart more than spending a morning in the duck blind or calling in a gobbler with our kids (or grandkids)! They love being with us and wearing camo just like Dad, Mom, or Grandad, too. And with many manufacturers now offering kids’ hunting clothes, finding camo is easy. The tough part is finding good quality camouflage clothing at a decent price. Before you make your next kid-camo purchase, here are three things you need to remember.
Match The Pattern to The Terrain
For early-season hunts when it’s still warm, cotton/poly fabrics like those used in these pants will be fine, but you’ll want something heavier once the snow flies. Amazon
When choosing camo for anyone in your family, think about where (and when) you’re going to use it, then match the color and pattern to the area and conditions you’re most likely to take your kids hunting in. In the East and South, forests will be a mass of greens and darker shadows in spring turkey season, but once the leaves drop in fall, gray and brown tones will best match your surroundings. Out West, sagebrush patterns are great, but they also vary according to the season. Match your colors and patterns for your kids clothes appropriately.
Layer Up For Warmth
A polar fleece jacket like this is super versatile for kids. They can wear it as an outer layer early in the season. When cold weather hits, they can use it as a warmth-trapping mid-layer with long johns underneath. Amazon
Nothing will turn kids off faster on a hunting trip than being cold. Layer them up just as you would yourself, but don’t let them overheat on the way into the blind. (Carrying their outer layers in a pack is a good idea; they can add layers once you arrive at your stand or blind.) Don’t forget a hat and gloves. A balaclava or camo Buff takes up little room, but they can be a lifesaver for keeping ears warm. When choosing between pants or bibs as an outer layer, pants will be easier to slip on or off, but bibs will be warmer (all that extra fabric in the back).
Choose Sizes With Care
Quilted outer jackets like this are great transitional pieces for early fall. Just make sure you buy them big enough to accommodate base layers underneath for cold-weather outings later on. Amazon
The best advice is to take your kids to the store and let them try on some outer layers for size (they do vary wildly depending on the manufacturer). Don’t forget to bring their base and mid-layers with you to ensure you have enough room in the outer layers so kids aren’t bundled too tightly. You want outer layers to be just big enough to provide ease of movement, but not so big that you create a huge cold air space between the outer jacket and mid-layer.