PREVENTING SUMMER HUNTING "HEATSTROKE"

Summer is in full swing and the sun is shining bright?Read our tips on how to protect yourself from "heat stroke" so you can enjoy your summer hunting trips to the fullest.

Preventing summer hunting "heatstroke"

#1 WHAT IS HEAT STROKE?

Having a "heat stroke" refers to hyperthermia. There are several symptoms warning you that it is imminent: fatigue and/or intense thirst, tense and painful muscles, chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Hyperthermia can also be evidenced by a loss of perspiration and extremely hot and dry skin.

If you feel overheated, we advise you to stop your activity and rest out of the sun, for example in the shade of a tree. Splash water on your head and if you can, take off a few layers of clothing to recover more quickly.

Marc, our small game hunting enthusiast, offers the following advice: "If you can, go hunting in the morning or late at night. Game animals do the same and will be more active at these times.However, if you hunt all day long, in the morning and evening, practice on lowlands and plateaus, and during hot weather, favour shady areas".

#1 HYDRATION

Did you know that a loss of 2% of your body weight in water can reduce your physical abilities by 20%? Dehydration is often the cause of muscle aches, cramps, and tendinitis, which is why it is important to drink regularly.

Your heart beats faster, your breathing rate increases, your body temperature rises, and you start to feel dizzy? Beware, "heat stroke" is not far off!

Poorly hydrated, the brain perceives sensations poorly and makes bad choices. Your lucidity becomes impaired, your technical gestures more approximate, and your stride more uncoordinated.

Here are 3 things you need to do to stay properly hydrated:

Drink small quantities regularly. We advise you to drink often in small quantities: 3 sips maximum, for example every 15 minutes.

Don't wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Don't wait for your body to crave water, but rather anticipate this feeling.

Finally, choose a drink that is at room temperature, because water that is too cold could lead to digestive problems and stomach aches.

Our tip: in hot weather, consider hydrating with lightly salted water. During a sports outing in hot weather, you will sweat a lot while losing mineral salts. This loss can be compensated for by drinking lightly salted water or a suitable isotonic drink. Salt accelerates the speed at which water reaches the muscles. Note that it also retains water in the body.


Marc's practical advice: "Plan a few water sources along the route, such as springs or rivers that will enable you to dampen your clothes or your cap to lower your body temperature."

#2 EQUIPMENT

BREATHABLE SYNTHETICS

In hot weather, our bodies regulate their temperature by sweating. In order to avoid interfering with this thermoregulation and to avoid heat stroke, we recommend that you wear breathable clothing. They will efficiently evacuate perspiration during exercise, dry quickly, and keep your skin dry.

You can identify a breathable garment by its composition, often synthetic, such as polyamide or polyester. You can also tell by its design, by the presence of side and back vents, and mesh linings, etc.

We strongly advise you to include a hat or light cap in your gear. Especially if you're out in direct sunlight. Again, synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, are preferable.

Wearing a cap or hat is also a good idea: hot flashes can turn into sunstroke, and then you'll be out of action for several days!


Marc's practical advice: "Opt for light and breathable shoes like the Solognac sporthunt 300 coupled with max breath 500 socks.For trousers, wear a light, breathable, and resistant product like the Solognac respi 900 trousers.Your shirt should follow the same logic as the rest and be breathable. Having a long-sleeved t-shirt enables you to protect yourself from the vegetation and the sun, and will prevent you from having to put on sun cream, which will scare away the animals due to the smell."

COLOUR CHOICE

Did you know? We are often advised to wear light-coloured clothing in hot weather and in the sun.

Well, you should know that wearing dark, energy-absorbing clothing also has its advantages, provided that the garments are loose-fitting. Dark colours create a convection phenomenon resulting in the sensation of a slight draft between your skin and the garment. White fabrics will reflect the heat waves directly back to you, while a black colour will absorb them.

Article co-written with Marc, our passionate small game hunting sales assistant: