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I have purchased a wool fedora for bow hunting this Fall. Much like the one shown in photos of Fred Bear. The main reason for

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Fur blend hats have NOTHING over crushable wool. I have worn many fancy fur felt hats over the years both on and off the job. I'm through with them. Crushable wool hats keep their shape no matter if they have been soaked or sat on. Just as easy to keep clean and a helluva lot cheaper. Most I see worn are in the cheezey Crocodile Dundee style but look around and you'll be surprised at the options. I have a shorter brimmed sort-of cowboy style that I bought at a grocery store in Oakhurst, CA the year I was working at Yosemite before my son died. I have even had genuine cow punchers remark at how well that hat looks on me. Best I have seen yet. Check out Dortman Pacific's on-line catalog. LOTS to choose from there (including a line by Mossy Oak!)

    I cannot imagine hiking any distance to a tree stand with a felt hat on, wool or fur. The objective to still hunting is to keep the smell down. Expect to get plenty sweaty if you're wearing that wool felt hat. Nice thing about the crushable is you can stuff it in your pack (which would trash a fur felt hat). That would help on the hike in but you're still going to sweat like a pig with that steambucket on in eighty degree temps no matter if you're just sitting on your butt. And if you sweat, you smell. Most of the safari style felt hats have vent holes in them which helps immensely. However, the holes don't help if it rains. Also, avoid the Aussie style hats with chin straps. They will have two holes punched in the brim right over the ears. A real treat if you get caught in a downpour! Also, never pick a lighter colored felt hat of any sort. Too hard to keep them clean. Dark brown or black are best.

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Cowboy hats of any description are useless in the Rockies in fall and winter, unless your kopf is threaded to screw it down. A Stormy Kromer or similar is about as good as it gets for cold weather hunting. However, I have been known to don a Pendleton wool fedora when the weather is mild. See photo page.

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  • Greenhead
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    buckhunter, I have a trip to Namibia booked for October with a PH my brother-in-law has hunted with in the past. (Brother-in-law lives in Angola). He has had a great experience, but it was rifle hunting.

    No first hand experience yet, but I would be happy to pass on the contact info and a recommendation from a reputable source. The PH's website says he does bowhunts.

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  • FirstBubba
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    buckhunter
    The suitabilities of a Stetson for hunting is open to debate.
    My "hunting" chapeau changes seasonally. Normally a billed baseball type cap in the fall and winter and a "boonie" type for spring. About 3 years ago, I picked up a fully brimmed, ventilated "hat" (canvas?) for summer wear. This based on an acquaintance who wore caps unless in the rodeo arena had to have numerous melanomas removed from the edges of his ears.
    My "summer" hat is a vain attempt to keep my ears from looking as if they've been chewed by rats! LOL!
    I seldom venture out without head wear and prefer a "Western" hat for dress occasions.
    Literally, if your hat feels "right", all else is moot.

    BTW! Hope your proposed trip turns out well. Good hunting!

    OH YES! HAPPY! Congratulations on a successful trip and a safe return. I hope ALL went as expected.

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  • buckhunter
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    Jimbo, My goal is a kudu with a recurve but I will have my compound as a backup.

    Green, Thanks for the information but I try to stay away from things that make me sexy. Don't want the ladies following me to my tree stand. Lol

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  • Greenhead
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    I have the ventilated Tilly, as well, and wear if for all my warm weather activities. Highly recommended. I even like the look, but my girlfriend sarcastically calls it my "sexy hat."

    In cooler weather, I love a wool brimmed hat, though. I wish the Tilly was more conducive to sticking flies into.

    Happy, congratulations on the sitatunga, I know it was a challenge for you. Beautiful animal.

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  • jhjimbo
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    buckhunter,
    Is your safari bow or rifle? A guy I hunt with went bow only and would go back in a heartbeat.
    If it is gun, I saw one called a rhino gun, it is a 50BMG LOL. That has to be over the top. Check out www.sportingadvertising.com/guns.htm. to see it. There was a nice win 70 and win 71 also, plus some rare models.

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  • Safado
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    Buckhunter,
    I have a fur felt fedora from my Michigan days that is too hot to get any use in California. The wool blend may help though.

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  • buckhunter
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    Jumbo, thank you for the tip but I have already ordered the hat.
    Bubba, my hat is a fur/wool blend. I own a nice Stetson which is not suitable for hunting.
    Happy, that is an impressive animal. I was on Peter's Website the other day shopping for hunts. I believe I am ready to send a deposit. I am hoping for a hunt in Namibia.

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  • Happy Myles
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    Must confess this trip to Cameroon wore my Army canvas floppy brim hat.
    Deep jungle will not accommodate my Rand Hat

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  • FirstBubba
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    I come from a "cowboy" background.
    As for headgear, wool is cheap junk.
    Felt lasts and lasts and lasts. I had a wool "Crusher" (Cabela's I think?) that worked very well, I just looked like a "Deliverance" extra! LOL!
    A nice Stetson might cost a little more, but it looks good, feels good and wears well. ...and no, Stetson doesn't only make "Western" hats....nor Resistol. Both fine hats.
    Straw hats are "in fashion" from Easter until Labor Day only.
    Felt is "in fashion" Labor Day to Easter, but acceptable year round.
    A "man" removes his hat when he is introduced to a woman, enters a home, church or courtroom and for the Star Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance and any public event prayer. It's just common courtesy.

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  • Happy Myles
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    Buckhunter,
    Thanks for the calling me handsome, obviously you have not looked at my appearance in the Sitatunga photo. Maybe I should have left the hat on for that one. Kindest Regards

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  • jhjimbo
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    Buckhunter,


    hollandhats.com/catalog/i1.html

    This is a link for the Tilly LTM-6 hat I have. Also great for the kayak and canoe.

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  • jhjimbo
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    I have the Filson wool hat(forest green) that I use and also the Filson tin cloth hat that would be good in warm weather(water proof).
    My favorite for real hot weather(hunting or fishing) is a Tilly with the mesh sides.

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  • buckhunter
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    Happy, I briefly considered a Rand and while on the Website I ran across a photo of a handsome cowboy behind a large buffalo. Maybe you know the guy? He did measure my head in Vegas so I know the fit would be good. Just too pricy.

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