Early-season gear list

A good pair of snake boots are a must in the early season. With the summer heat lingering in September, snakes are still active.
A good pair of snake boots are a must in the early season. With the summer heat lingering in September, snakes are still active.

Bow season cranks up early in Southwest Louisiana, and while conditions may not be all that pleasant, these items should make the experience more comfortable.

• Thermacell 

An excellent scent-free mosquito repellent, no hunter should be caught in the woods during the early season without one.

• Snake boots

From rattlesnakes to cottonmouths, the woods of Louisiana are ripe with reptiles in September. A good pair of snake boots will give you a piece of mind and prevent any missteps on the way to the stand.

• Mesh safety vest

Safety is a priority when climbing trees, and many hunters have opted for vest systems, which are easy to slip on and off. Find a model that’s made of mesh to allow air flow and reduce the amount of layers on your body.

• Scent control

As temperatures climb into the 90s in September, you’ll sweat on the trek to your stand. Be sure to keep scent control spray in your pack to spray down in the woods.
As temperatures climb into the 90s in September, you’ll sweat on the trek to your stand. Be sure to keep scent control spray in your pack to spray down in the woods.

Consider changing into your hunting clothes after you’ve walked — and sweated — through the woods. Then, apply a liberal amount of scent control spray to your clothes, and uaw scentless deodorant.

• Hydration

A bladder system can hold a few liters of water, and fits snugly in your backpack. The mostly hands-free system means you won’t be slowed down having to fumble with multiple bottles — although taking frequent breaks will help to prevent heat exhaustion.

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