Article first published as Using Camo and a Blind When the Deer Aren’t on Technorati.
Used properly, camouflage can significantly improve your chances of getting close enough to a deer to shoot. However, camouflage doesn’t cure all problems — all the time.
How Camo Helps
Whether you use face paint, head veils/coverings or other camouflage materials, they usually do a great job of breaking up your outline.
They also help you blend in with your surroundings, thus forcing deer to use his other senses to find you.
Ground blinds in camo patterns extend your ability to hide while offering you visibility of your surroundings. Here are a few hints about camo and ground blinds:
- Bowhunters should locate their blinds about 15 – 20 yards away from trails made by game.
- Use curved edges when covering your hiding spot, rather than squared edges. It looks more natural.
- Set your ground blind at a higher elevation than you expect to see game. This takes you out of his direct line-of-sight and usually gives you a wider view.
- Cover yourself completely; your skin, watch and weapons must be matte. If a deer sees the sun reflecting off the face of your watch — you are toast!
Other Considerations While Hunting
Safety is your first consideration — for yourself and other hunters. Here are a few tips so you don’t become accidental prey or hurt others!
- A bright orange vest/jacket/hat should be worn on your way to your hunting spot.
- Don’t wear or carry anything that is the color of the game you are seeking.
- Hang a tag of bright tape on the animal when you are field dressing or carrying game to your vehicle.
- When you hear another hunter approaching, call out in a normal voice to alert others. Do not shout, use a whistle or use an animal caller.
- Be extremely careful of using an animal caller when other hunters are in your hunting area.
- Be sure that you will have a clear shot and that you can see on the other side of the animal — before you shoot.
Remember: Safety takes a few extra seconds, but regret lasts for a very long time!
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