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Last Post 11 Aug 2013 10:06 AM by Papa Joe. 4 Replies.
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06 Jun 2011 07:03 AM

    I'm a beginning hunter with a limited budget (thank you grad school), if you had to choose one camo pattern for duck and deer hunting (the two I'm most interested in), what would you choose?  For ducks I'm not sure if I will be hunting flooded timber or marsh, for deer most likely pine forests.  Thanks for the help!

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    06 Jun 2011 11:54 AM

    Camo only works if you can hold still, so the actual pattern hasn't got a lot to do with it. Ducks flare away when they see the flash of your face when you look up, unless you happen to be very dark skinned. Contrary to popular belief of the camo nut true believers just about any camo will work if it closely matches the foliage around your blind or stand. In Deer Hunting you could bow hunt in Hunter Orange and still get close to deer, however ducks and other birds can distinguish color.

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    18 Oct 2011 07:49 PM
    In my opinion, the marshy(duck) style camo is more effective for deer hunting than the other way around. The marsh grass patterns look a lot like tree bark. There isn't much in the the typical deer camo patterns that fit in most duck hunting scenarios. Uncle John is right though... hold still and cover your face and just about anything will work.
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    19 Feb 2013 10:10 PM
    Avery makes a camo pattern called Buckbrush that I really like.
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    11 Aug 2013 10:06 AM

    The three clothing factors that  reveal your location to prey animals / fowl

    1) Shine

    we can combat the problem of shine by wearing a non reflective type material I prefer wool or Berber.  For light field use I also choose to wear a light Poly pro material. I tend to shy away from all Lycra, spandex and polyester. I have found that most canvas based material also after repeated wear tends to reflect light.

    2) Outline

    Our basic outline from head to mid torso also alerts prey animals to natural dangers. So it is imperative that we wear a clothing that can break up our silhouette. I prefer dark colors on all high areas of clothing to include my face and hands  and lighter colors that minimize shading in recessed areas.

     

    3) Contrast to background

    This is the most important of the three target indicators as if we are conscious of our surroundings and find a suitable back drop to disguise our ambush location we are golden. however if no thought is made to the backdrop we find ourselves exposed to a scrutiny of our camouflage and ability of clothing to filter UV light.

    I personally wear Military type camo. It is durable readily available and fairly inexspensive.Military Camo also has UV inhibators in the fabric that last through many washing cycles. I prefer to wear Multicam as it has the natural earth tones that can blend readily with most terrain.

    I hope that I have given you a few more things to consider. Good Luck and Happy Huntin'.

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