Top 5 Whitetail Deer Hunting Camo Gear Picks
The Gear Needs of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
From Alberta to Mexico, Oregon to Maine, and throughout the heart of the Midwest, whitetail deer and all its sub-species span most of North America. Whether you’re hunting in a tree stand, ground blind, making a drive, still hunting, or doing a spot-and-stalk, our versatile layering system will match your style of hunting.
Regardless of species, KUIU’s approach to hunting gear centers around a technical layering system, and whitetail deer is no exception. The clothing layering system enhances your performance in the field by scaling your insulation up or down during high and low-level activity. Moreover, hunts often bring an ever-changing climate.
Our layering system is built in three parts: Next-to-skin base layers, mid-layer insulation, and outer-layer protection that allows you to adapt to any style of whitetail hunting. It’s an entire system built to complement how you hunt and withstand the elements you’re faced with.
For most whitetail hunting applications, clothes that are warm and quiet are a top priority. Here are our customers' top-five best whitetail camo products that will keep you comfortable and undetected.
If you get soaked by rain or sweat and the temperature drops, ULTRA Merino maintains its insulating properties when wet. We make it a point not to use spandex in our products, especially in our base layers. Spandex is heavy, deteriorates over time, and reduces the natural moisture-wicking properties of Merino.
You’ll never regret adding them as an extra layer, especially the bottoms. Because they’re lightweight, as the day warms up, you can simply unzip and pull them off without removing your outer pants and boots.
- Comfortably worn next-to-skin
- Naturally odor-resistant, silent and low-sheen
- Retains insulating properties when wet
- Base-layer sizing
"The ULTRA Merino 145 Zip-T is my favorite base layer whether it's warm or cold. It's comfortable and regulates temperature very well." - Robert B.
The hydrophobic nature of the fabric wicks moisture away from your skin so it can quickly evaporate, keeping you dry. The full-zip design features pockets and thumbholes while keeping the weight down to a minimum.
- Quiet low-sheen outer material
- Wind resistant
- Mid-layer sizing
“The Peloton 240 Full-Zip Jacket is another winner from KUIU. I really like the camo pattern and it is cut in all the right places to provide room for movement. The inner material is soft and warm, but not bulky. Not sure how to describe it, but it just feels like a quality piece of clothing when you put it on, this is the most comfortable and best-fitting camo I own. Looking forward to wearing it while whitetail hunting this fall.” - David K.
The Kenai tops are sized with a mid-layer fit, so they fit well over a base layer and fleece top, offering versatility as your primary outer layer in cold conditions, or as a mid-layer on extreme cold weather days.
The zip off Kenai pant easily zips on or off, without having to remove your boots.
- Synthetic water-resistant 3DeFX+ active insulation
- Quiet low-sheen outer material
- Mid-layer sizing- It’s sized to fit over an Attack Pant, yet it’s trim enough to layer under a waterproof rain pant in the same size. It may also be worn under an upsized outer layer pant, like the Axis Hybrid Pant.
“My Initial concern was this extremely light jacket couldn't be warm enough for the often harsh, long treestand sits required for WI Whitetails. Well, I was pleasantly surprised how effective this jacket was at blocking wind and retaining heat without the overheating that often comes with the walk to the treestand. I drop two disposable hand warmers in the side pockets and wear as a mid-layer over my merino wool. This system allowed me to stay out in conditions that my friends gave up on.” - Matt G.
The 4-way stretch fabric will move with your body as you’re drawing your bow or shouldering your rifle. The built-in pit zips on the whitetail jacket, and hip vents on the pants will keep you comfortable and ventilated while on the move. They’re a must-have pairing for mid to late-season deer hunting.
- Jacket- Outer layer sizing- It’s sized to fit a base layer and mid-layer fleece in your measured size. To accommodate a base layer and an insulated mid-layer like the Kenai Jacket, going up one size is recommended.
- Pant- Normal sizing- Go with your measured size. If you plan to wear the Kenai Pant underneath, go up one size on the Axis Pant.
- Quiet low-sheen material
- Fleece lined
- Easy burr removal
"I have slowly been eliminating all my other brands of hunting clothing and going strictly KUIU. I hunt whitetails in Minnesota late season and the KUIU line of clothing blows away the competition. The Axis pant has been another quality piece added to my arsenal of clothing. They keep you dry and warm in the worst conditions. Buy them with confidence!" - Mitch K.
Features silicone dot printing along the palm and fingers for added grip, extended cuff that easily tucks under long sleeves and conductive fingertip and thumb for smartphone use.
If a warmer glove is needed, check out our entire selection of insulated waterproof gloves for whitetail deer hunting.
For the early season, while the vegetation is green, Verde is a top choice for whitetail deer camo. Verde is also ideal in evergreen environments year-round.
Valo is the top choice in hardwood applications after the colors have changed and the vegetation has died off or gone dormant.
Vias is also a proven choice for the late season, when grey vegetation and terrain dominate the landscape.
KUIU dark-color solids are ideal to minimize detection for hunting from the shadows of an enclosed blind.