First trip to Saskatchewan, looking for advice

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  1. csrcharlie

    csrcharlie Member LRH Team Member

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    just get yourself an IWOM body heater suit. I've hunted Alberta for the past 17 years and never had an issue being cold. Pricey, but well worth it.
     
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  2. Highvoltage

    Highvoltage Well-Known Member

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    How about boots? I have some 800 gr wolverines that I usually wear for stand hunting. Would they work or should I look into a pac boot?
     
  3. Bucklowery

    Bucklowery Well-Known Member

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    Don’t know what climate you are in now but clean your gun especially your bolt and firing pin. Used lubricant that works in minus freezing weather. Try to avoid taking your gun in and out of extreme temps. Very warm house to minus temp outside. If your gun gets really warm in truck and you get out and it is snowing, snow melts in gun then freezes again. Not good.
    Things in the warm south does not work the same in the frigid north. All depends on the weather

    Thanks

    Buck
     
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    hesse Well-Known Member

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  5. hesse

    hesse Well-Known Member

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    I would truly go look at the Army surplus stores for a pair of Bates Mickey Mouse boots. I have tried a ton of different boots working outside and there is nothing to keep your feet warmer than those
     
  6. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Ditto on warm clothing!!! Good recommendations in previous posts.
    On a different note. The whitetails have HUGE bodies making an excellent set of antlers(+150”) look small compared to.the whitetails we are accustomed to seeing in the lower 40. Antler size can be very deceiving. Conversely, a 300 pound whitetail may not have a great rack.....Take your time judging them.
     
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  7. Lynn Coleman

    Lynn Coleman Member LRH Team Member

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    My first trip to Saskatchewan was brutal cold. Lessons learned, now I’m a big believer in wool, layering. Also use smartwool running gloves to layer with heavy gloves. Depending on type of hunting, box blind, tree stand. Outfitter should be able to direct you.
    Good Luck
     
  8. TBell

    TBell Well-Known Member

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    Dress warm, take lots of anti-freeze “Jack Black” should work.
     
  9. WizardM

    WizardM Active Member

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    Make sure bring few pairs of hand warmers, feet warmers and wear layers. For gloves, I usually add extra pair of liners to keep fingers warm. Good luck on your hunt!
     
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  10. Kevin P McNeilly

    Kevin P McNeilly Active Member

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    I've hunted Canada 6 times. On keeping your feet warm wear pack type insulated boots getting to your stand, then use boot blankets with hot hands in them. slip boots off and put sock feet in to boot blankets and take plenty of hot hands. Put them in your rifle case when your going up to keep weight out of your pack. I have Cabela's Berber clothing but if you can get a light layer of wicking clothing on first then Cabela's stand Hunter thermal underwear on and layer from there if you break a sweat and don't have wicking under clothing your going to be cold no matter what. If you want my whole list send me a PM I about froze to death my first year. Lessons learned!
     
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  11. TBell

    TBell Well-Known Member

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    Seriously, after you dress in several layers look seriously at a heater bag for the blind. One that I found nice is a “sniper bag” believe or not in Sportsmans Guide catalog. It is basically a sleeping bag with arms. Unlike the Heater suite you don’t have to unzip to shoot. Since it has arms, you just aim and shoot.
     
  12. lefty15

    lefty15 Well-Known Member

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    I live and hunt in Saskatchewan and not that far from Yorkton. The 3rd week of November could be -30c or +5c you just never know. The last few hunting seasons haven't been cold with temps if i remember right being -10c day time and -20c overnight and there hasn't been lots of snow but there is always a chance that we have 2' by then.
    I assume you are hunting in the forest which breaks up most of the wind. As many have said layer with clothes and if sitting in a blind make sure your hands and feet are warm or it really sucks. I know a lot of outfitters have heaters in their blinds which would really help. I know some use the heater body suit with great success.
    Good luck on your trip.
     
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  13. Sledhead406

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    This is important. I never bring my rifle into a warm area when I am hunting. The fanciest super-never-fog optics ever made still do not do well when a rifle is brought from 70F to -20F in a few seconds. The glass (and everything else) WILL fog up, then the foggy glass freezes and you will have to scratch off the frost, just like a windshield. I made that mistake in high school and missed out on an excellent bull elk.

    It is incredible how the body acclimatizes. Ill bet you are good and cold the first few days, and by the end of the trip will be pretty used to it.
     
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  14. Kevin P McNeilly

    Kevin P McNeilly Active Member

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    Also remember to practice with gun with gear that's why I shoot a 300 wsm model 7 Remington it's shorter and fits better with all those clothes on. Also easy to get out of blind.
     
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