Friday, August 08, 2008

Some Tips On Buying Camo Clothing

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I’ve frankly lost track of the many different manufacturers that produce brand-name camouflage clothing. There are scads of them out there, and I can find no fault with any of them except they sheer numbers of manufacturers make matters very confusing for hunters.

You name it, and at one time or another I’ve used most kinds of camo colors and patterns. Is there one all-purpose, one-pattern-fits-all-situations? I don’t think so. If so, I’ve never run across it.

Over the years I’ve used Advantage, ASAT, BreakUp, Desert Shadow, Diffusion, Evolution, Ghost, Mossy Oak, Realleaf, RealTree, Redhead, Savanna,TreBark and countless others including the old-fashioned World War II camo. I’ve even used the ghillie suits, camo with die-cut patterns to break up the hunter’s silhouette, and most likely several other patterns that have been lost to memory.

There are several thoughts about camouflage clothing to bear in mind when you grab a mail-order catalog or enter a sporting goods store. Step No. 1 is to buy the best camo pattern that you can afford. Consider these tips.

*Buy colors and patterns that will match up with the foliage at the time of year being hunted. For instance, spring turkey hunting usually means lush new green growth so something with green, black. brown, tan and gray will help you blend in almost anywhere.

*Early season deer hunting will find plenty of green but a lot more brown and gray colors. Match your camo to the area being hunted.

*Late-season deer hunting can mean plenty of gray and darker colors such as various shades of black and brown. This period also may call for snow camo that is mostly white but is broken up with dark streaks of black or blackish-brown.

*Does this mean a sportsman needs several different sets of camo clothing? It would be nice if you did own several sets in order to perfectly blend in during all occasions, and the clothing manufacturers would love you for it, but it’s not necessary. Come as close to matching the cover conditions as possible, and go hunting.

*The old-fashioned green and black checked wool clothes are perfectly acceptable when hunting from cedar or pine trees, and the wool helps keep a hunter warm and dry when rain or snow falls. I’ve used this black and green checked pattern for many years, and it works fine. A hunter in a cedar or pine tree will blend right in with the bark and the needles.

*It’s difficult to make one set of camo clothing work during early bow season and during the late-season muzzleloader hunt. It’s possible to be too cold or too warm, and granted, layering can solve some of the problems but clothing made for warm weather will freeze you out during the December hunts.

*There are several splendid reasons for buying camo clothing one or two sizes larger than necessary if discretionary income is a problem. If that problem was mine, I’d buy jacket and pants two sizes larger than is necessary, and start layering on clothing underneath. However, bear this in mind: If you put too much tight fitting clothing on under the camo, the biggest buck in the world may be safe because you may not be able to draw the bow when wearing too much clothing. A bit of common sense goes a long ways toward solving the one-outfit-for-all-seasons problem.

*Learn a trick the savvy hunters use. Wash all camouflage clothing in SportWash, made my Atsko. This product is found in many sporting goods stores or wherever many detergents are sold. A small bottle is enough for four or five loads of clothing, and the nice things about this cleansing agent is it has no scent and doesn’t add brighteners or whitening agents to perk up the color. I’ve used SportWash for many years, and it does a wonderful job of cleaning hunting clothes.

*Quality camouflage clothing isn’t a cure-all for most hunting ills. The wind can be in your favor, the clothing may be freshly washed, the rubber boots may have been sprayed with a deodorizing spray, and still the deer can spot you.

Move when a deer is out of sight or moving in your direction, and if the animal catches your movement, the ball game is over. It doesn’t matter if you are wearing the best camo clothing in the world, any motion will be detected and you’ll lose a chance at a good buck.

The bottom line is that camo clothing is just one more tool for hunters to add to their arsenal. It can be a gigantic help if you can sit still, but choose a spot where you are skylighted, and then move, the deer will pick you up in a heartbeat.

Follow these tips for buying camouflage clothing, and wear them with confidence. Just sit still while hunting, and be downwind of the deer, and you’ll be surprised at how well it works.

Posted by Dave Richey on 08/08 at 05:11 PM
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