I spent a couple of hours up on Murphy Dome this afternoon and it got pretty stinkin cold by the time the sun went down. (Report: saw several trucks and 3 ptarmigan, dumb dog flushed them too far out ahead... trainer kicks self for 27th time this season). When I parked at 4:00, it was a balmy 17 degrees F on my truck thermometer. Two hours later, I returned with frozen beard and fingers to find it 6 degrees. I'm not so concerned about my beard, but at what point do I need to start taking extra precautions for my dogs? Do the booties work and at what temperature do they become necessary? Will a neoprene duck vest tear up in the snow and blueberry bushes, and if not, is it warm enough for a dog in winter?
I hunt with a lab and a jack russell, but I assume the little one will begin staying home pretty soon. It's already tough on his stumpy legs to make it through the drifted snow. Therefore my question is mostly about the lab... she doesn't seem to mind the cold, but I'm sure it's something to be concerned about, right?
I guess as a follow-up, at what temperature do I need to personally stay inside and forget the ptarmigan? I'm new at this cold weather business.