Best Hunting Shirts for Men Reviewed
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, especially hunting shirts.
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. The following article and list are 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.
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True Timber Camouflage Pattern
10 Best Hunting Shirts
1. Insect Xtreme Repelling Shirt
True Timber Camouflage Pattern
Only lasts 25 washes
Stupid Lyme disease, which began as a weird outlying problem primarily up in New England is slowly getting to be a bigger and bigger problem. While most cases are still up in the Northeast, it's showing up all the way down in Florida and all the way over to California and Washington. And don't even get us started on mosquitos, global warming is slowly creating an environment where mosquitos that carry all kinds of nasty disease are now thriving in places that didn't know them a decade ago. That's why we like this shirt. Getting outside isn't just something we do, it's a lifestyle, and getting really out is what we like the most. And this shirt promises to keep you reasonably safe from a lot of the nasty insects that you'll be sharing space with, and the nasty things that hitch a ride on these bloodsuckers.
Skintex MRIII is an insecticide technology based on the use of Permethrin which is a chrysanthemum based insecticide. It's a stable product that can be built into blankets and clothing and has what the website calls a 'knock dead/knockdown" effect on insects. It's a good environmental choice as well and has all the safety stamps of approval from all the agencies that monitor the use of pesticides. We like that.
The second best part of this shirt is moisture-wicking technology. It keeps the moisture away from your skin and makes it incredibly breathable and cool in warm weather. Moisture-wicking and repellent. That's a twofer that will earn this shirt it's high marks.
Cost and Value
This falls into the mid-range of hunting shirts. But you're getting someone really important extra with this shirt that makes this a bargain in our book. Anything that can keep you from getting eaten alive through long hours in a hot summer blind is worth a million dollars in our book.
2. Legendary Whitetails Non-Typical Series
Very sturdy construction
Sleeves are more than long enough
The shirt will shrink a bit
Size runs small
This is my favorite offering from Legendary Whitetails. I had to include this one because I wanted to highlight the wide range of looks you can get from the company. This one may seem like just a t-shirt, which is a weak showing to end off with, but true to the company's form, this is so much more than just a t-shirt.
Double stitched strength
In order to be seen as a well-made hunting shirt, the product needs to be able to perform its task time after time, holding up throughout the seasons. The double stitching found here is a good way to do it.
For me, finding a properly fitting shirt is as much about length as anything else. If it isn’t long enough in the tail, the shirt runs the risk of riding up, exposing things to the elements that you’d rather keep covered. Not this time.
Cost and Value
This shirt is part of Legendary Whitetails’ Non-typical line, and the moniker fits well as far as price is concerned. The enormous value you’re getting at such a low cost is anything but typical for shirts these days.
3. Walls Long Sleeve Camo
Soft and quiet
Full, longer cut
Clean, simple design
Shrinks quite a bit
I’d never heard of this brand before I started working on this buying guide, but now that I have, it’s clear to me that I’ve stumbled onto a company that wants to be remembered for their high standards and expectations when it comes to quality clothing. They take classic styling to new levels with their own innovations and leave the consumer with a great shirt, simple as that.
Silent through the bush
Great hunting gear needs a few features. A camouflage pattern is nice, and scent control is gaining popularity. One thing I haven’t seen until now is the company hand-selecting their fabrics to make silent clothing to keep you quiet in the bush.
If you buy your hunting clothing with style innovations in mind, then you should pass this one by. Walls decided to go with a look that has stood the test of time, and focussed more on its performance than fashion.
Cost and Value
Walls, as a brand, comes off as being trustworthy, and it’s very important to be able to trust a clothing manufacturer when you buy their products, and having such a low price point on top of well-built clothing helps that cause out.
4. Under Armour ColdGear
Plenty of length
Keeps the body warm
Doesn’t restrict the range of motion
Arms tend to bunch
Scent protection and comfort, all in an attractive, affordable package. That seems to be what Under Armour has come to be known for, and they went above and beyond when designing this shirt, which is versatile enough to be ideal for hunting. They make their clothes for more than looks, making sure each piece has a purpose. In this case, it’s keeping you warm and dry throughout your hunt.
One thing that I really look for in clothing is the ability to still move the same way I could before I put them on. Being an athletic wear manufacturer, Under Armour feels the same way, and retains that movement perfectly.
You will get what you pay for
While I am going to vent a bit about the cost, later on, you do get what you pay for with this shirt, and not just in terms of the brand. Under Armour is very well known, and that’s because they do deliver high-quality products that can be counted on.
Cost and Value
To be fair, this is a very nice shirt, that will do the job of keeping you warm in colder weather quite nicely. Unfortunately, this shirt is expensive for what it does, which gives the impression that you are paying more for the name than anything else.
5. CQR Men's Outdoor
Has a UPF 50+ built-in
Features ventilation mesh on shoulders and back
Price is exceptional
Comes with neck protection
Can be worn two different ways
Comes in multiple colors
Stitching is not as high of a quality
Sizing can be a bit off
While many may consider being outdoors as a simple task, those that are active hunters know there’s a huge difference between sitting outside and waiting for a game to arrive. Keeping that in mind, CQR Men's Outdoor brings forth a hunting shirt that elevates the scale when it comes to traditional outdoor wear. It brings quality and durability right where you need it most.
One of the best qualities, this outdoor shirt has is its high level of UPF. Having UPF 50+ is perfect for those that will be spending a large amount of time outdoors. Furthermore, by having this amount of sun protection already built-in you are guaranteed protection against 98% of those harmful sun rays for the entire day. Additionally, the collar can be flipped up for advanced neck protection.
Cool- Tech built-in
Anyone who has spent a large amount of time outdoors knows it can get extremely hot after a certain amount of time. With that being said, this shirt comes with cool-tech already built-in. Featuring a mesh ventilation additive on your back and shoulders it allows cool air to flow through your shirt even in the hottest of weather conditions. The breathability ensures you always have room for air to filter through those areas.
Cost and Value
While you are getting a multitude of features, and exceptional quality fabric, this shirt is quite cost-effective. This works great as it allows you to purchase one than one shirt and have exactly what you need on hand. Think of it as one of the easiest forms of remaining protected even during hot, sunny days.
6. TrailCrest Signature Cotton
No questions asked warranty
Ventilated mesh opening on the upper back
Heavyweight fabric for warmth and comfort
Looser fit for greater motion
Another button-down shirt? Yes, in the name of giving the consumer the most choice possible, I’ve included this shirt in here to appeal to all styles. It doesn’t hurt then, that this shirt is also a very good choice for your hunting apparel needs, keeping you cool and dry in warm weather, and toasty warm on those cold days in the bush.
Where most products are content to rely on the fabric of the clothing to give breathability, Trail Crest took things a bit farther by inserting a good amount of venting on their shirt, so having good airflow isn’t a question at all.
Trail Crest made this shirt just a little bit thicker to make sure you can last out in the cold longer, but not so thick that you break into a sweat every time the sun comes out.
Cost and Value
Compared to most of the shirts on this list, this one offers something different in aesthetic and performance, and for some hunters, that's exactly what they are looking for. However, this unique appeal does come at a bit of a higher price, but this is made up for in the obvious quality
7. Scent Blocker 1.5
Lightweight breathable fabric
4-way stretch for enhanced movability
Scent blockers built-in to ensure you are undetected as possible
The shirt comes in two camouflage designs
The shirt doesn’t seem to work in cooler weather as it’s a bit too thin
Customers stated customer service isn’t as responsive
Scent Blocker brings forth a unique kind of hunting shirt, by showcasing a top that can be used in multiple weather conditions. Whether you are hunting during warmer months or in the freezing cold you want to have a shirt that is versatile enough that you can layer it, yet cool to the touch for those scorching hot summer days. When you want a shirt that gets the job done yet keeps your body regulated regardless of the temperature this is the one to look at.
Due to having 4- direction stretch perfectly stitched together, this shirt ensures you have an abundance of movability while working on catching your prey of the day. Furthermore, having 4- direction stretch allows more breathability to flow throughout paired with a soft, Poly/spandex fabric that ensures the feel is comfortable and relaxed on the body.
They say animals can smell up to 100 times better than humans, which makes sense why you would want to block your smell when you’re hunting. This shirt offers built-in scent blockers to help your smell be as undetectable as possible. Having this feature works great due to it allowing you to hunt without thinking about an animal sniffing that you are around. These scent blockers will ensure you are undetected while wearing the shirt.
Cost and Value
When it comes to the cost and value you are getting quite a bargain here. This is mainly due to all the features that are intertwined into the fabric of this lightweight shirt. Furthermore, you have a breathable product that helps you move around while getting the job done.
8. Under Armour Camo
Moisture transport system prevents sweat accumulation
Most people know what they’re getting themselves into with Under Armour. The Camo Fill Shirt is going to be light, breezy, provide a bit of support and wick sweat away from your skin. It comes in quite a few different colors, which can help you blend in or stick up depending on what you need and/or want. Reasonably priced and highly durable these shirts do great in the summertime (also in humid climates).
Warm Weather Days
Here is a shirt for those who are on the hunt when the temperatures start to rise. Made to be lightweight due to thinner materials used, this shirt will not have you overheating on those warm days.
The last thing any hunter wants is getting their clothing hung up while hustling through the woods. So it stands to reason that while looking for apparel for your hunting needs, you need a fit that contours your body. Rather than a baggy squared off shirt that will get hung up on branches or brush. This one provides a more form-fitting option to prevent the chances of getting snagged.
Cost and Value
As with any big name brand, you can expect to pay more slightly more. But one must stop and think whether this options' benefits outweigh the cost in their instance. So if you are seeking an option that will keep you cool in warm temps and fits more to your body then this might be the selection for you.
9. King's Camo
Economical camo shirt
Performs very good in heat
It comes in mountain shadow and desert shadow
Fit might be smaller than expected
This selection was created with comfort in mind. The tagless design cuts out that itchy feeling. Made from durable cotton, you can wear this for literally any situation.
In terms of the camo pattern itself, this can definitely be considered on the lighter end of terrain patterns. It comes in mountain shadow and desert shadow and performs pretty well in the heat.
Comfort is the number one qualifier for choosing something you're going to wear. The tagless design will prevent that constant back irritation. While the materials used will give you the most comfort you can ask for.
Cost and Value
The King’s Camo tee shirt is a relatively economical camo shirt and a solid value in our opinion. Not too difficult to find on sale, this is a good value -- none the least of which is because King’s Camo is a quality brand with a long track record of success.
10. Russell Outdoors
A camo printed t-shirt
Affordable and durable
Sizes: only medium and large
Although this is a camo printed t-shirt it is a pretty humble one, and by humble we mean a good one. You’ve got three options for terrain design here: mossy oak, Realtree and a mixed version or “broken up”.
This shirt has a band around the waist portion to give you a more closed-off feel. Reducing the snagging occurrences while traveling into the brush. Made to be a little thicker you can expect to stay warmer on those slightly brisk mornings or evenings.
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. I mean let's face it we all know clothing tends to shrink once washed.
Cost and Value
The lightweight cotton and minimal but sturdy construction of this shirt are why it's landed on our list. Turn to Russell outdoors for cheap and dependable tops, great for an out in the field or close to home.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
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 as 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.
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. A great way to find out how a shirt fits and if the sizing is right is to check out what other reviewers have said about the product's fit. Since not all companies use the same size chart, try it on if possible.
There are a wide variety of different styles to choose from when it comes to hunting shirts. In order to find one that best meets hunting needs. For example, if you hunt during the fall in the woods, then you'll need something that matches the foliage in order to blend in and not be noticed. Some shirts are even fashionable enough that they can also be worn as casual wear. If you spend a lot of time outdoors and don't have time to change every time you need to run an errand, then something more versatile would be ideal for you.
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 to 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.
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. Look for something that breathes well to keep you cool during the hot weather and dry during the cool weathers.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
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.
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.
Other Factors to Consider
Hunting is unique in that it puts people in an 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 of 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Should I always wear camouflage when hunting?
Hunters who do not have camouflage clothing hunt 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.
q: 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.
q: 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.
q: 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.
q: Speaking of scent will animals be able to smell any shirts with built in insect repellent, or repellent I apply?
The answer is a firm maybe. But keep in mind they can only smell you only if they are downwind. So if you’re a good hunter, hopefully, this won’t be an issue unless you’re stuck in a blind, slave to the winds. What we have come to understand is that when it comes to animals in the wild, they’re generally going to have better vision as well as better noses than us humans.
So what’s going to make the biggest difference for you is the ability to stay still, and that is next to impossible if you’re getting eaten alive. So whether you pick up some insect repellent camo like we’ve recommended or douse yourself in DEET, the goal is to keep still, because if you’re constantly slapping at skeeters, and brushing off ticks there ain’t an animal in the world that’s going to come within sniper distance.
q: 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.
q: How can I make my sure my shirt is as sturdy and as breathable as I need it to be?
There is no exact method to find out how sturdy and breathable your shirt can be, but what you can do is read the label and find out what fabric is being used. Furthermore, you want to research what additional features the shirt has such as scent blockers, odor protection, 4-way stretch, and cool enhancement. Doing your research will ensure you make the best purchase for you and your needs.
q: How do I know if I’m selecting the right size?
When it comes to sizing you want to stick to their traditional t-shirt size or go a little bit larger if you plan on layering other shirts on top of under your hunting gear.