Best Hunting Shirts for Men Reviewed and Rated
We don’t know about all of you but the amount of money we have to spend on hunting gear is (unfortunately) not unlimited. Due to this fact our approach to outfitting surrounds the idea that there are certain areas where your dollar is most valuable, and others where you can scrape by a bit.
Our Top 3 Picks
- Under Armour Men Camo
- Prevents sweating
- King's Camo
- ScentBlocker 1.5
- Great Price
Our experience in the field has led us to the conclusion that we’d most like to put our cash into a quality pack, a sound pair of boots and quality optics before we’d spend it on the newest and fanciest camo design. With that said, we like to be meticulous in our approach, and that means overlooking no part of our gear. Which shirt you elect to wear may not be the top of the priority list but it also doesn’t mean it should be relegated to the bottom either.
We don’t subscribe to the idea that in order to be a proper hunter you need to be done up in head-to-toe camo. But we have had the experience of being out in the woods or backcountry and not had on the right attire. This experience can take a lot away from an otherwise enjoyable outing.
So we’ve trawled the internet and come up with a list of some of the best hunting shirts in 2017. These are broken down into subcategories, by different conditions and/or features. The following is meant to save you the time of digging through bins at Walmart or Cabelas, to make sure that you’re properly suited up, and most important of all have some cash left over for some of the true essentials.
10 Best Hunting Shirts
For warm weather:
1. Under Armour
Material: Each Camo Fill shirt is comprised of 57% Cotton, 38% Polyester, and 5% Elastane.
Sizing: Available in small all the way up to 3X- large, so there are plenty of options if you’re a big guy -- sizes run an estimated 85% true.
- 4-way stretch fabrication allow for free mobility
- Classic UA logo with, you guessed it Camo fill
- Moisture Transport System fights the accumulation of sweat
- Charged cotton dries faster than average and is a bit tougher
Moisture transport system prevents sweat accumulation
2. King's Camo
Material: Constructed from a mixture of cotton poly 60% and 40% blend jersey.
Sizing: Comes in sizes ranging from medium to 3x-large, know to run a bit small, perhaps 65% true, if you’re worried about being fully covered, size up.
Imported: Made in the USA
- Tagless label, won't scratch or irritate your neck
- Left chest pocket easy for stowing
- Rib-knit collar smooth and comfortable
Economical camo shirt
Performs very good in heat
It comes in mountain shadow and desert shadow
Fit might be smaller than expected
Material: This shirt is made up of 65% Cotton and 35% Polyester, simple enough. It also comes in a wide range of colors -- name it i'm sure they've got it.
Sizing: Runs from small to double XL, the sizing percentage is 95% true. Check out the chart on amazon if in any doubt.
- Machine Washable
- Has a classic crew neck
- Short sleeves, does well in the heat
- Pocket with logo, otherwise plain and toned down
- Carhartt's moisture-wicking, stain-resistant tee offers rough and tumble protection for your upper body
Made up of 65% Cotton
Comes in a wide range of colors
Runs from small to double XL
The shirt length is long
4. Mossy Oak
Material: Comes in the follow options:
Grey: 90% Cotton 10% Polyester.
Black: 100% Cotton. Dark;
Heather: 50% Cotton 50% Polyester.
Heather Military; Green: 50% Cotton 50% Polyester
Sizing: Available in Medium, large and xlarge -- if you need the double or triple its not to hard to search around a bit and find.
- Each package contains two t-shirts per
- Authentic Mossy Oak graphics, centered
- Classic fit, does not constrict and also does not flap around
- Seamless double-needle collar, exceptionally comfortable
Casual outdoorsman style
Short sleeves, does well in the heat
Not suitable for extreme weather conditions
5. Russell Outdoors
Material: Made from 100-percent-cotton (refined)
Sizing: Medium and large. The initial size is very true (at least 90%), but wash and dry with caution, a comfortable fit can become a skintight one due to this shirt’s cotton makeup.
- Lightweight construction and sturdy seams
- Left breast located pocket
- Standard short sleeve t shirt
- 100% Cotton Jersey -- great for higher temps
A camo printed t-shirt
Affordable and durable
High quality materials
Sizes: only medium and large
For cold weather:
Material: Made of 92% Polyester 8% Spandex -- easily tucks in to retain heat at the maximum level possible.
Sizing: Sizes range from medium to double x’s, the true percentage on the scentblocker 1.5 sits at 93%.
- New and exciting trinity technology included
- Direction stretch material crew neck style shirt
- Has Thumbholes for Easy Layering and increased hand warmth
Has a scent control formula
The price is reasonable
Made of 92% Polyester 8% Spandex
Not suitable for high temperatures
2. Merino 365
Material: Produced with 100% Merino wool
Sizing: Ranges on this shirt are from x-small to x-large, true to a 80 percent degree and shrinking is a non issue, so no worries there.
Imported: Not produced in China, buying Merino wool from China often leads to fake or diluted wool. You’ve been warned.
- Merino has a huge capacity to breath and deal with moisture, leaving the wearer warm and dry
- In cold conditions a small amount of moisture is retained in the merino fibers and naturally heats up, thus contributing to keeping the wearer warmer
- Merino fiber is a flame retardant
- Merino fiber resists the development and growth of bacteria and other smelly agents
- Merino fabric has an SPF rating 50+
Produced with 100% Merino wool
Ranges on this shirt are from XS to XL
Not produced in China
Runs a bit higher in cost
3. Legendary Whitetails
Material: Made from extra strength cotton, machine wash cold is okay. Do not bleach.Tumble dry low. Do not iron on buck decoration.
Sizing: Runs from medium to 3x-Large, does very well at accommodating big and tall sizes.
- Contrasting corduroy lined collar and cuffs, gives the shirt a neatly finished look
- Great look and proven durability (even with heavy use)
- Left chest pocket features a pencil slot and a button enclosure
- Legendary® Signature Buck stitched into the flannel
- Double pleated back, will never restrict your range of motion
Made from extra strength cotton
Can be washed in machine on cold wash
Runs from medium to 3x-Large
Small sizes are not available
4. Columbia Thistletown Park Raglan
Material: Made from a 67/33 blend of polyester and cotton
Sizing: Sizing options include Medium to double XL, Colombia sizes are generally pretty true.
- Omni-Wick properties facilitate quick evaporation and sweat maintenance
- Raglan cut allows full range of motion, never be held back
- UPF rating of 15, added protection from the sun
- Comes in seven natural looking colors Examples: Deep Water Heather, Grey Ash Heather, Nocturnal Heather, Red Element Heather.
- Includes Colombia’s robust satisfaction guarantee
Made from a 67/33 blend of polyester and cotton
UPF rating of 15, added protection from the sun
Comes in seven natural looking colors
5. Drake Waterfowl
Material: Made from stretchy yet durable 100% nylon
Sizing: Runs from medium to extra large, true to size at around 85%
- Large standard chest pockets with the capability to be fully secured bia a button closure
- Vertical chest pocket, plenty of storage
- Mesh back breathes exceptionally well and doesn’t let sweat or moisture accumulate anywhere
- Sun blocker extension collar, UPF 15 + protection
- Front and rear heat ventilation system
Made from stretchy yet durable 100% nylon
Sizing runs from medium to XL
Vertical chest pocket, plenty of storage
S sizes are not available
Even though we know that creating a list of the best ten items in any category is a subjective undertaking we try our best to make the selection process as objective as possible. Of course, it is not possible for us to try all hunting clothes in the market to rate them. So, we rely on reviews from others. This is the reason why we love large retailers like Amazon that give shoppers a chance to review verified purchases they make.
Apart from the reviews written by others, we also look at other factors related to clothes such as how well they fit. Just because something is designed to be used for hunting does not mean that it should not be fashionable. We have already indicated that we believe that money should be used wisely, so we always look at the value that a particular type of gear gives to the buyer. We also look at how the gear withstands the elements and how durable it is. Let’s look at the vetting criteria in more detail.
Price and Value
We all operate within a given budget; at least most of us do. This is the reason why we are careful when looking at hunting shirts for men, to ensure that we get shirts from different price categories. If we just looked at the most expensive only, we would get the best in the market but the list would not cater for those working within a budget.
We always advise buyers to shop while they still have sufficient time so that they can compare prices well. If you do not do your research, it is easy to buy when you are under pressure and miss bargains. For this list, we looked at hunting shirts and the features they offer and where we felt that a particular shirt offered more features than the others within the same price class, it made it into our list.
The same applied to the more expensive shirts we evaluated. If our idea is that a shirt offers good value but is still too expensive when compared to others in its class we dropped it down the list. After all, the reason why you are reading this guide has to do with the fact that you want to get the best products your money can buy.
User reviews are important in determining the quality of any given product including hunting clothes. We know that sometimes these reviews should be taken with care but huge retailers always ensure that only people who have purchased the product are allowed to write a review of that product. When we do our list of the best, we always visit these trusted sites to see what their users are saying about a particular product.
Where the majority of users are constantly rating a product with 5 stars, we take note. Of course, we are still conscious of the fact that people have different tastes so what could be good for someone will not necessarily be for another person in a different situation.
To ensure that we are not just looking at the hard cold numbers when it comes to ratings by internet reviewers, we always like to look at the reasons why the users are giving a particular rating. We only listen to those reviews where we see both the pros and cons of a particular product. If a reviewer is able to look at both the good and the bad, they are showing a certain level of objectivity.
The Pros and Cons
As you will notice in the above reviews, for every product we feature, we include the pros and cons. When we look at a product and notice that it has more cons than pros, we drop it off our list. This is the reason why you will notice that none of the products we feature has more cons than pros.
How Well the Shirt Fits
When hunting, you certainly want to mix comfort with looking great. Of course, it is not easy to determine how comfortable a shirt is before you buy it but we can always look at the material from which the hunting shirts are made.
Shirts that make it into our top list are those that are made from the right materials. For us, the best material for hunting should mix utility with comfort, and durability. The right material for your clothes will depend on the weather where you are going to be hunting. We don’t like materials that make a noise when brushing against other stuff or itself. If it makes noise, the animals will hear you before you act.
When we look at whether your hunting shirt is convenient or not we are looking at such issues as ease of washing. We also think that pockets are great but as long as you have a pair of trousers with enough storage, your shirt can get away with having no pockets at all.
We also love hunting shirts that do not have colors that are too bright. We believe that olive or earthly tones are the best for a hunter.
Again, as we do not have an unlimited supply of money, we look for durable clothes when we decide on the best we feature. Even though we believe that your hunting shirt should be fashionable, we do not think that it should be changed every season like you do with your regular clothes.
But how do we tell that the shirt we are looking at is durable? We look at the material from which it is made. Even though we do not have a particular preference for a particular brand of material, we believe that it should be soft, lightweight, and of course silent. The material should also preferably be cotton free so that it does not fade or shrink.
We know that it doesn’t matter how great a hunting shirt looks on a picture, if the manufacturers are unable to meet demand and you have to wait for weeks before it is available on retailers such as Amazon, then it can’t make it into our list of the best.
How to Properly Wash a Hunting Shirt
When you see an article such as this one, it’s easy to wonder why hunting clothes need any special attention when it comes to washing them. In this article, we will try to explain why you need to take special care when laundering shirts you want to use when hunting, then we will give you some tips on how to wash such clothes.
Why hunting clothes need special care when washing
The reason why most species of animals have remained in the wild for so long is their sharp senses, particularly those of sight, hearing, and smell. This ability gives the animals in the wild a distinct advantage over hunters.
To deal with the animals’ sharp sense of sight is generally easy: you simply get something camouflage so that the animal can confuse you for the surrounding vegetation. However, dealing with the sense of smell is more complicated. The reason behind this is that the dye used in making the camouflage clothes together with most of the detergents used comprise of UV brightness. This brightness attracts the attention of the animals.
Apart from the UV light, the detergents used coupled with the fabric finishes also contain some scents that are much sharper than the smell of the human body. These scents alert the animals of danger.
Selecting the laundry soap for hunting shirts
Properly washing a hunting shirt should start with using the right laundry detergent. Many hunters will tell you that plain baking soda will do the trick. It is cheap and will ensure that you do not spend money on expensive detergents.
The washing process
Apart from using the proper laundry detergent, you will also need to follow the steps we recommend below.
For those who can afford, it would be advisable to have a separate machine for washing your hunting shirts. Also, considering that you may not have many hunting shirts, it could also be advisable to wash the shirts by hand. If washing by hand is too much for you, clean the machine you are going to use thoroughly. This will help to get rid of any of the scented detergents and fabric softeners that you could have used when washing all your other ordinary clothes.
When you are washing your hunting shirts by hand, you probably have to deal with very dirty clothes. It’s best to soak the shirts overnight in cold water. Cold water is suitable for removing protein and blood stains from your hunting shirts. Even though hot water may look like it’s the best, it actually cooks in the stains. Adding white vinegar is also recommended for those clothes that have odor resulting from mildew or being wet for extended periods of time.
Once the clothes have been soaked overnight, remove most of the soil from the clothes by plunging your clothes in and out of the water several times. Plunging can be made easy by using a plunging tool you can get from major retailers like Amazon.
Get rid of the soaking water. It’s a good idea to put a separator at the bottom of the container where you are washing the shirt. It ensures that any dirt that has been left behind will accumulate at the bottom and not collect on the shirt. Refill the bucket with cold water and then add, into the water, half a cup of baking soda. Wash the shirts with the least amount of dirt first.
The next step will involve rinsing the clothes. The rinsing process should remove all the baking soda or other detergents that could have been left over from prior washing. After you remove the clothes, look at the water and if it still looks soapy or cloudy, it means that you need to rinse once more until the water is clean.
As much water as possible should be removed by wringing the water by hand. This ensures that the shirt dries in a short period of time. Then you can air-dry the shirts. Air-drying is better than a dryer which risks making the clothes smell like a dryer sheet.
The scents on your sleeping bag and other materials can also attach to your shirt. This is the reason why all the other items like sleeping bags and carrying bags you use during camping should also be washed with the same detergents you use to wash your shirts.
Storing the shirt after washing
It’s also advisable to dry your hunting shirt on a clothesline on the outdoors. After the shirts have dried, you don’t want to keep the shirts with others that you have washed with scented detergents. The best method for keeping your hunting shirts separate from others is to keep them in a sealed plastic bag. This is done not only to prevent ambient odors from other clothes from attaching onto your hunting clothes, but also for odors from the car or other areas of your home. A sealable tub would also be great if you want to keep many shirts.
Inside the sealed bag, you can also put some dry twigs and leaves taken from the area where you usually do your hunting. This makes the shirt smell like the habitat that your animals are used to.
It is also advisable that you keep the clothes in the sealed plastic container until you get to your hunting destination. This means that you will not put the hunting shirt on when you are driving or doing any other chores before you start hunting. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves while handling your hunting shirts so that odors in your hands will not be transferred.
When you put on your hunting shirt, ensure that you wash it before your body odor starts to overwhelm the shirt.
As you can see, keeping your hunting shirt scent free is easy, as long as you follow the easy steps we have suggested here. Also, ensure that you don’t use scented lotions and other perfumes.
Should I always wear camouflage when hunting?
Hunters who do not have camouflage clothing kill animals every day. This could show that it is not a prerequisite for hunting. Well, let’s put this in another way, do you need bright clothes to walk along a busy road at night? Thousands of people may walk with dark colors and not be killed but it is dangerous.
We can apply the same logic above to this question, camouflage can help in particular types of hunting. It is important to select the colors of your hunting shirt by first deciding what type of animal you will be hunting. The way animals see colors, is actually not the same as that of a human.
Whatever the case, you will always need to hunt in colors that blend with the environment in which you are hunting. This is one of those rare times when you don’t want to be outstanding.
Why is it important to select hunting clothes with care?
In actual fact, all clothes, not just hunting clothes should be selected with care. However, since we are discussing hunting shirts here, let’s confine ourselves to the topic. When these clothes are designed, they are made to ensure that you are comfortable while at the same time also being safe.
You will need to take care when selecting yours because we all operate in different situations. If you do not approach the task with care, you will end up with the wrong shirt for the type of hunting and environment you are going to be hunting in.
What factors should I look at when selecting a hunting shirt?
The first thing you need to know is the region where you are going to be hunting. As we all know, different regions have different climatic conditions, terrains and the type of game that can be hunted. However, these factors are not static, they change with time. So, you will need to know the area well. What this means is that you should actually have different options for the same region.
Determine the season in which you are going to be hunting. If you are going to be hunting in cold weather, you will need the kind of shirt that can keep you warm without necessarily being bulky or you having to wear too many layers of clothes under it. While you will need to dress warmly in cold weather, you will also still need to remain flexible.
Chose hunting performance fabrics. They will help you to remain warm while also at the same time flexible to hunt successfully. They are designed to breathe easy while providing warmth and comfort.
Do I need to make my shirt scent free?
As a hunter, you know that animals have survived for millions of years due to their sharp sense of smell. This is the reason why we think that it could be a great idea to ensure that your hunting clothes are scent free.
Many hunters will advise you to ensure that the shirt does not get too dirty so that all you need when you want to wash it is just cold water and baking soda. There are specialty detergents in the market that you can us.
Why are hunters always advised to keep away from cotton fabrics?
There are a number of disadvantages with using cotton in hunting shirts. Cotton is not a great fabric for wicking away moisture from your skin. When it is exposed to humid conditions, it can get wet.
When cotton is wet, it gets quite cold and loses its capacity to insulate. Wet, cotton can drain heat away from your body. This makes cotton a dangerous material when it comes to making clothes such as hunting gear.
However, the issues with cotton do not necessarily equate it to poison. If you live in an area that is hot and sunny, cotton can offer protection from ultraviolet radiation.
Should I buy a shirt with buttons or a t-shirt for hunting?
Ask anyone this question and you will soon see that it all depends on your preferences. Initially, we thought that t-shirts make you look more casual that button down shirts but we see lots of people who think it doesn’t. We also had the view that a t-shirt would be easier to make and ultimately cheaper to buy but we have seen a lot of button down shirts that are cheaper than t-shirts.
Whatever you end up selecting, ensure that it fits well and made for the type of hunting you are going to do. Also look at how durable it is and ensure it is the right color for your needs.
What are some common mistakes made when people buy hunting shirts?
We think that the most common mistake anyone can make is to buy a hunting shirt based just on the fact that it looks great without considering what they will use it for. It doesn’t matter how much you love the shirt, if it is not right for your purpose, it is as good as useless.
We also think that basing your selection on nothing else but the price is a mistake. Many people think that if it is expensive then it’s the best while others believe that it is right just because it is the cheapest.
Buying your hunting shirt without knowing where you are going to use it and the game you will be hunting while wearing it is another common mistake. Of course, we are cognizant of the fact that you will be hunting in different environments. This is the reason why we will advise any serious hunter to have different shirts they will use in different environments. Just ensure that you know the conditions of the area where you are going to be doing your hunting.
Hunting is unique in that it puts people in a enormous range of different situations and environments. For our money this is one of the most appealing things about it, it keeps you on your toes. It does present a challenge in that sense however, when it comes to how outfit yourself properly to meet these variable conditions? Whether you are going into the backcountry in the winter or the range in the summer we hope this informational guide on best hunting shirts has provided a few good options for you. Be it for hot weather, cold weather or simply for added technical capacity. We would however recommend being aware about our original point. Which is, you need not break the bank on shirts when there are so many other items where money can be better utilized. Happy Hunting.