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Hunting hat: headgear with a long history

Hardly any item of hunting clothing is as much a symbol of hunting and the associated customs as the hunting hat. Whether it is the lifting of the hunting hat to greet a companion or the huntsmanly custom of giving a break. The hat simply belongs to the hunter and the hunt.

The hunter and his hunting hat

Much has changed in recent decades with regard to the shape and type of this historically important headgear used for hunting. Whereas in the past a traditional loden hat or the widely known Prince Pless hat was preferred by hunters, today a wide variety of headgear takes its place in hunting.

Hunting caps and hats - the modern relatives

Young hunters in particular are turning to the "modern relatives" of the good old hunting hat.
Today they prefer to wear...

  • Hunting caps with shield, often in various camouflage patterns
  • Hunting caps in lined or breathable design
  • Hunting caps in classic shape

Requirements for the hunting hat

A hunting hat worthy of the name must be able to provide a number of characteristics:

First and foremost, it should meet the needs and requirements of the hunter. If, for example, the successful shooter is presented with a quarry after the social hunt, it must be possible to put the quarry on or under the brim of the hat . In the same way, any other modern hunting cap should also offer a possibility to attach the break. Many manufacturers such as Pinewood or Blaser have reacted to this. They now even offer baseball caps with side-mounted break loops.

The basic requirement of a hat is protection from the elements. While in the summer it may be a matter of protection from the sun, in the winter it is important that the headgear offers protection from the icy cold. A good hunting hat should alsoprotect against rain so that the head stays dry.

In summer as a hunter you are also often blinded by the sun, so a cap with a shield helps. A lined cap, on the other hand, should provide optimal protection against the cold. Hunting caps with windblocker membranes are ideal, as they block out the cold wind. 25% of body heat is lost through the head. Therefore, a warm cap is extremely important in winter.

Against real bad weather with rain, the only thing that helps is a waterproof membrane and a shield or brim in front of the face so that the water does not run over the face.

Head up - safety in social hunting

The head is the highest point of the hunter. It therefore makes sense tomark it with a signal during a driven hunt   or other social hunts . That is why you should always wear a signal cap in bright orange or at least an orange hatband during driven hunts and similar occasions. This is the only way to ensure that you are noticed by other hunters.