I come from a family of avid hunters on my mother’s side. I was born in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky and every Fall my grandfather, uncle, dad, and cousin tried to persuade me to go hunting with them. Every Saturday they would ask me to wake up at 4:30 A.M. and sit huddled in a tree-stand and watch for passing deer and turkey for hours. I only went once, and the scenery was nice, but I quickly became aware that I was not cut out to harm unsuspecting wildlife or be silent for longer than two minutes. Still, I have grown up around a hunting and heritage culture. I love the aesthetic and every Fall like clockwork I go straight for a more hunterly wardrobe. So this guide is for all of the men who aspire to be hunters out there like myself, and those brave enough to. Here are a few hunting-inspired American-made clothes that I hope can relate to both sides.
My Papaw has always worn a trucker hat into the woods that surround our home and this hat looks as much like him as I do in it.
We got the pleasure of meeting the guys behind Frost River in Boston. Their bags, though camping and hunting influenced look just as good on the street as they do on the trail.
Camo is a tradition for hunters in the South. This coat reminds me a lot of the bulkier hunting coats my family wears, but at a lighter, more layerable weight.
I own more flannel than I know what to do with, so I’ve started a fall tradition called Flannel Fridays. American Apparel makes great affordable and durable flannel that doesn’t look cheap.
Every man needs a good belt, and as our friend Mark at Ball and Buck says, his is the only one you need.
Bonobos makes pants for every man, and every body style. Their Straight Legs are a modern cut that fit everyone perfectly, and this Burnt Ochre—playfully called Yam Dunks— will help you stand out against friendly fire and fashion fizzle.
Red Wing may just be the standard in American heritage footwear, and with a responsibility to producing nationally, it’s not hard to see why. These boots can take you from the road less traveled to the busy streets with ease.