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>> Ever need a rain poncho or ground cloth while hunting? :: By Marshall Stanton on 2000-04-15
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I've been hunting many times when the weather suddenly turned extremely wet, or the wind kicked up and blew right through whatever I had on. If you have found yourself in this predicament in the past, try carrying an extra large heavy duty trash bag in your fanny pack, daypack or game pouch. They come in either black, green, white or bright orange, so if your state requires you to wear orange in the field you're in luck, as for other states the green for most conditions is right, while for winter hunting in snow, the white would be appropriate.

To quickly improvise a poncho, simply make a hole in the bottom of the bag for your head and slit both sides with a knife to a point 5"-6" from the bottom seam. Place the "poncho" over your head and secure it around your waist with either your belt or a length of parachute or similar cord. For more protection to your torso from the wind, simply make arm holes just below the bottom seam in each side, insert arms and head through the holes and you have a wind/water proof covering!

If sitting down to watch a stand either where it is wet or snow, simply spread the plastic bag to make a moisture barrier for your posterior. If you stay dry, you usually will stay warm.

Plastic trash bags also make superb ground cloths if you must make an emergency overnighter out of your outing. Additionally, they can be used as improvised shelters from the elements in the same event.

Finally, your plastic trash bag makes the ideal container to bring home that unexpected grouse or rabbit after it is dressed, or the liver and heart from your deer, keeping it clean while in transit home.

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