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This past weekend, while hunting in subzero temperatures, I was fully prepared to battle the cold with disposable hand warmers.

Like many hunters this past weekend, there was a mandatory stop at the local sports or department store stocking up on hand warmers before heading into the backwoods.

As the bitter morning carried on, I became disappointed with hand warmers which were producing almost no heat, leaving my hands nearly numb. The rest of my hunting group had the same experience.

Most hand warmers are air activated, and must be manipulated before they activate. Based on this understanding, I experimented with placing the hand warmers in front of the truck’s defroster on the way to the ground blind on day two. I couldn’t believe the difference this made in heat output. It was like these had become supercharged. Even 8 hours later my hand warmers were still pumping out massive amounts of warmth.

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Before the dusk hunt on day two, our entire hunting party opened their hand warmers and placed them near the forced air heater in the motel room before heading into the woods. Again, there was a huge difference including several people in total amazement of the warmth now generated by these little packets.

It doesn’t take much to maximize the heat output of these pouches, just a few minutes of free flowing air blown directly onto the product.

Give this trick a try next time you are in the woods or on the frozen lake. It will make that 99 cent investment feel like you spent at least $10.

Read more posts from Mark Schram.

Mark Schram is an avid tournament fisherman, focusing most of his efforts on the Winnebago System in East Central Wisconsin. Mark's blog will focus on the current fishing conditions and selected topics related to the Lake Winnebago region, outdoor sports and life in general. As an angler, he ultimately strives to educate new and established fishermen on the joys of nature. Mark is the founder of www.myfishingpartner.com, a published outdoor writer and an active member of many fishing organizations including the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA #182).

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