The Duck Hunter's Coat
by Bill Jordan
Like much waterfowling gear, the duck hunter’s clothing choices have widened and been improved. Regardless of other gear, a true duck hunting coat is a necessity. Gone are the days when a duck coat had to be heavy and stiff as a poker to withstand the weather and rigors of waterfowling.

A good duck coat should be in camouflage, waterproof and hopefully comfortable. Today there are a number of excellent models that fill this basic bill. The use of several high-tech synthetic fabrics, waterproof but breathable membranes and ever-lighter insulation have achieved high performance and greater comfort with no loss of functionality or durability.

I prefer my duck coat to have a removable hood and a storm flap to protect the throat. There should be lots of pockets, inside and out, including handwarmer pockets. The outside pockets should have grommets to let water drain out.

A really sturdy zipper with a tab large enough to be gripped with gloved hands or cold, numb fingers is the finishing touch.

Advantage Wetlands
The Official Camo Pattern of Ducks Unlimited

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