The UV Collection: Hunting Clothes & UV Brighteners

 

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What UV Brighteners?

 

This is a fascinating topic – that won’t go away. Why? A clever company has found a way to capitalize on a glitch in the hunter’s clothing market.

Is this a Serious Problem?

I don’t know; it depends on who is doing the talking.  Some folks swear by “UV-Killer” and some swear at it.

So far, I’ve been unable to determine if there’s another way to remove UV brighteners, once they’ve been added to hunting garments.

MDH doesn’t have a single garment that does not have  UV brighteners (in other words, everything he wears has the brighteners, which is supposed to be the ‘kiss of death’ for hunters).

Yet, Richard hauls home at least one deer or elk every year. He seems unfazed by the problem. Is it because he’s always in a blind (thus deer cannot see his clothing)?  No, he stalks game too.

I hear from others who wouldn’t dream of setting foot in a hunting situation without all clothing being carefully cleaned of UV brighteners.

Anyway, the issue is as intriguing as it has always been. Here are the articles relating to this issue, for your reading pleasure.

The UV Brightener Issue

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Good Grief! A 30 Point Deer! Shot with a Handmade Long Bow!

While trolling thru some of my favorite forums, I found this.  Prairie State Outdoors forums are active and interesting.

 

Shot with a handmade long bow!

Shot with a Handmade Long Bow!

 

“This buck was taken by a 14 year old Amish boy near Dalton WI. He used a hand-made long bow and made the killing shot by stalking the huge buck using corn shocks for cover. The boy’s family would not allow him to pose with the trophy animal for pictures so a nearby neighbor, Willie Flacid posed and is also acting as spokesman for the Amish boy.

According to Flacid, the Amish family has already received several offers from outdoor sporting companies to purchase the trophy. No dollar amount has been announced yet, but according to Flacid, ‘the amount of money being offered is enough that no one would ever be hard up again.’

Bresquire (The person who posted the photo and story)

Here’s the URL – http://www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/index.php?/forums/viewthread/430/

Further down the page, this was added: “That buck came from adams county, ohio. i just happen to live there so i know for sure. 36 scoreable points. that deer has brought alot of hunters in from all over.”

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Good Grief! A 30 Point Deer!

‘Real Photo, Inaccurate Description’

** Update on 10/10/2010:

Snopes has an interesting story about the photo(s).  It seems the Amish community (and a few other hunters) were aware there was a huge deer in Adams County, Ohio.

John Schmucker, an Amish adult, killed the deer on the first day of bow hunting season. This deer is the largest ever taken by a crossbow in Ohio and the 2nd largest in the state — ever.

When measured, the final Boone & Crockett score was 291 and2/8 from a gross score of 300 and 6/8.

Click on the underlined Snopes for the whole story.

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Matching Your Ghillie Wear to Your Hunting

 

Bow Hunters Need Freedom of Action!

Bow Hunters Need Freedom of Action!

 

The type of hunting you do will determine what kind of camouflage or ghillie suit you need.

Do you plan to stalk game?  Are you more comfortable lying down or moving?  What is your weapon of choice?

The Special Needs of Archers

Bow hunters have rather specialized needs. It is critical for archers to have their shooting arm and chest area free of extra material.

Having freedom of action is critical.  In order to be successful, nothing can interfere with the action of their bow string. Archers are usually within 20 yards of their target; there’s little room for error.

Whether you are in a tree stand, hiding in a blind or stalking, safety and flexibility are your watch words. Generally, bow hunters are covered from head to boot.

Most ghillie suits appropriate for archers have additional jute, burlap or synthetic netting/fabric. The purpose to to give each hunter enough material to individualize his suit for his unique needs.

If the ghillie suit is made of jute or burlap, it has been treated with fire retardant. If the suit is washed off (natural fabrics generally won’t withstand washing in a machine), be sure to retreat the garment with the extra retardant supplied with the suit.

The Name of the Game is Mobility

The sharp-eyed turkey offers a special challenge. Many hunters like poncho-type gear. Because only the top half of the body is covered, it gives the hunter the flexibility to stalk his game.

Another product for the upright stalk is something called a “flage suit.” It is a one-piece ghillie suit that hangs from the shoulders to the boots. The body is totally encased in the suit and usually has 2 lbs. of extra material.

Camo Blankets & Netting

The first time I saw the item below, I was convinced it was a product for the funeral industry!  A goose hunter might use this to lie down in a field, waiting for geese.

 

4' x 6' Blanket

Hunter's Blanket

These camo blankets and netting are an improvement over the old do-it-yourself methods of hiding yourself and your equipment.   I look at them as portable hunting blinds.

They can be hung from trees and draped between upright posts, so you can rearrange your temporary blind to meet your changing needs.

Keeping Your Rifle Undercover

In my last report (coming soon), the issue of covering yourself and your equipment will be discussed. You may be able to use the excess materials from your ghillie suit to cover your weapon. However, each month more companies develop camo especially for the gun. The designs are getting more complete all the time.

It makes little sense to buy a ghillie suit, yet leave your hands, face and gun shiny. Light will reflect off each of these surfaces. And your quarry will thank you, as he races away to the next county!

Paintballers and Ghillie Wear

Military snipers and hunters aren’t the only folks who’ve developed a fondness for ghillie suits.

Paintballers have joined the fun; they tend to choose suits in the new synthetic fabrics. Generally, the materials are rot-proof, easy to wash, mildew resistant and the threads used to stitch the garment are synthetic (because cotton threads would rot in the rough-and-tumble world of paintballing).

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More Tips About Ghillie or Camo Wear

What Will You be Hunting?

To me, the factor that seems to affect concealment most is the type of game you are going to hunt. Deer, elk and turkey bow hunting calls for more sophisticated concealment than most other game.

Generally, deer, elk and turkey have more experience with hunters – outsmarting them  requires a more thoughtful approach. Some hunters have gone to the next generation of ghillie suits

  • with ‘scent-lok,’
  • suits that look more like leaves and
  • making sure their suits don’t make noise!

Scent Lok

Garments made with Scent-Lok fabric promise to keep your scent out of the wind for up to 40 field hours before it needs to be reactivated (in a dryer). These are useful with game (especially deer and elk) that rely on their sense of smell to avoid detection.

Lurking on the ‘Net

Besides buying garments with ScentLok, it can be purchased individually to spray on clothing.  While following a forum discussion on the HuntingNet (www.HuntingNet.com), I noticed the hunters with experience were telling the newbies that they didn’t buy it or use it.

Briefly, the attitude seemed to be “I’ve never used it and I get my deer limit every year.” Who can argue with success? A similar attitude is: “Before camo and ghillie suits, people used to hunt game — and did just fine.”

 

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This Ghillie Wear only Covers the Head & Torso!

 

If you want the natural fabric — jute or burlap, choose one with fire  retardant (some kits include sprays, so you can renew the retardant qualities of your suit).

More About Material vs. Climate

Where will you be wearing these suits? Real burlap suits are better  suited for areas with colder weather. Some burlap/jute garments have  been reconfigured so they are cooler to wear (Netting and suit  information tags will notify you if the garment has this quality)·

Ghillie garments with FAUXLIAGE,™ offer a durable fabric that breaks up  the human outline without the bulk or noise.  This product  – and ones like it – offer soft leaves to break up the hunter’s image (see the lower right image).   Some of the  advantages of the synthetics are: rot-resistance, washablity, light weight, quiet and they come in a variety of colors.

 

Face Veil

Face Veil

Noise and Ghillie WearMovement and noise are criticial ways larger game are able to avoid being some hunter’s trophy. If your ghillie wear rustles (think about the ‘swish’ of nylon pants), you have problems.

Some ghillie suits have nylon and/or plastic. These are the fabrics that seem most likely to make noise when they are rubbed together.  Check yours!

Finally

In the past few years, new fabrics and finishes have changed the idea of concealment – Hunters have more choices than ever before! 

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Eat Your Heart Out: Amazing New MS State Archery Record!

Info from MDH, Richard:

 

Wow!

Wow!

 

 

Double Wow!

Double Wow!

Possible New MS State Archery Record Killed on Sat. , 11 OCT 08. This buck was killed somewhere in the MS delta near Rodney, MS on Sat p.m. He is 26 ”  wide, and they are saying he should go around 180 #  -190 # . That is one heck of a Deer.  No Young and Pope score.

I’m not at a location in which I can really research this. However, I found a site with the full story.

Hope to be back with you soon!

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