What’s So Great About the New Camouflage?

This Ghillie Suit Jacket is 'Leafy Green' Pattern.

If you have been in a hunting goods store lately, you have seen a dizzying array of camouflage patterns.

Three or 4 years ago, I was sure there were a ridiculous number of camo patterns and that the market was saturated!

Hah!  Boy was I wrong!  High-definition and other ‘new generation’ camo patterns have really become popular.

Who would have thought?

Back to the Basics

Camo has become as much a fashion statement as a way to hide from game.  If you looked at the vintage photos I ran a few weeks ago, none of those hunters had camo.

Some hunters today, however, seem to think that camo clothing makes them invisible.  Thus, today I’m sharing a cautionary tale.

Game Outsmarting Hunters

Deer, and other wild game, use their senses to detect trouble (Psst:  All hunters = trouble).

They use these 3 senses to stay away from trouble:

  • eyes
  • nose
  • ears

Camo helps protect you from game’s prying eyes.  By wearing a camo pattern that blends in with your surroundings, you become harder to see — but not invisible!

Blending in is very important!  If you are wearing the camo pattern in the photo above while hunting in an area of dead brush and dry river beds, you will not blend in.  You might as well be wearing neon!

Eyes and Movement

There’s a second factor in what deer (and other game) are watching for — movement.  The more you blend into the background, the more movement you can get away with — without being discovered.

That is where these ‘new generation’ camo patterns are so useful.  High-definition (or hi-def) fabrics are much more 3 dimensional than previous patterns.

This RealTree Hardwood Green Pattern Seems to Have Leaves Layered on Top of Twigs & Branches of Trees!

The vertical lines of the branches are like woody areas.

However, the best camo in the world will not protect you from the keen senses of your prey, if you are:

  • moving while game is gazing directly at you, {eyes}
  • walking and making noise like a human (instead of other game), {ears}
  • wiggling too much while in your tree stand, {eyes}
  • smelling like a human, {nose}
  • having nicotine, alcohol and gasoline/oil odors on your person, {nose}
  • allowing sunlight to strike shiny surfaces near you (your watch, your weapon, etc.), {eyes}

Finally

Camo is a wonderful tool; combine its use with good woodsmanship skills  for a successful hunt!

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Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 9:24 am  Comments Off on What’s So Great About the New Camouflage?  
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Some Unusual Hints for Hunters

When I meet experienced hunters, I ask questions.  Sometimes their tips are priceless!  I’ve saved time, money and aggravation because some old hunter took the time to share his experience.

As You Increase Your Knowledge of Deer and Their Habits, You Increase Your Chances of Success!

 

Take a Snapshot

This tip is so obvious — and yet I would not have thought of it myself!   The next time you have finished packing for a hunting trip, take a photo.

Why?  Let me count the ways ….

  • If your goods are lost or stolen, you will have a complete inventory of the items you brought.
  • If found, you have a way of identifying your goods.
  • On your next hunting trip, you can glance at the photo and remember everything you took.
  • You will probably be able to remember the things you forgot to take then (If you have a poor memory, write notes on the back of the photo).
  • You will probably be able to remember the things you took that you didn’t need (Add notes on the back about this too).
  • Add the photo to your hunting album.  Most hunters take photos of their trophies;  this will probably be the only photo in the album documenting the gear you took to the hunt.

Learning to Read Tracks

‘Reading what tracks are telling’ is an important skill for a hunter to learn.  Here are two tips that may help in your next hunting trip.

  • A hoofed animal that is running will spread his toes further apart than one that is walking.

However ….

  • A wounded animal that is walking, will spread his toes further apart to stay balanced … as he becomes weaker.

Scouting Before Hunting Season Starts

I am personally convinced that some ‘hunting gremlins’ run around announcing the beginning of hunting season.

Thus, taking a last look around just before the season starts is important.

  • It seems that ‘on cue’ deer change from summer foods to their diet for the fall months.
  • As the weather cools down, deer find new bedding spots, in more sheltered areas.
  • Before and during the rut, bucks are covering more territory — in a more restless way.

For these reasons, the later you scout the area (before the season starts), the more chances you have of being in the ‘right place at the right time.’

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Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 12:06 am  Comments Off on Some Unusual Hints for Hunters  
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5 Quick Tips for Newbie Hunters

These 5 tips come from experienced hunters.

Waiting for Hunting Season to start? So is he! *

Smelling ‘Right’

After washing  your hunting clothes and drying them in open air,* add your boots to a large plastic bag, along with the crushed leaves and other vegetation from your hunting site.  Seal it closed and allow to ‘steep.’

The odors will seep into your clothes, making you fit into the smell of the area you plan to hunt.

Your Hunting Boots

Don’t wear your hunting clothes or boots when you are adding gasoline (or any other fuel) .   Experienced hunters also avoid wearing their clothes/boots in diners or ‘greasy spoons.’

These scents (gasoline, kerosene, cooked food odors) cling to clothing and boots.

Did You Know?

Your wrists, like your scalp, lose heat rapidly.  Blood flows close to the skin surface in both places, requiring covering to keep you comfortable while hunting.

As you can imagine, keeping your wrists covered is a challenge while shooting or using a bow.  Gloves are effective, but they might interfere with your shooting.

Lots of hunters have started using wrist bands (used by athletes, tennis players, etc.) — either without gloves or under gloves and/or mittens.

Playing it Safe in a Tree Stand

Every year,  several hunters die falling from their tree stand or when their gun discharges while climbing into  their stand.

A safety belt: It’s an important piece of gear  for anyone using a tree stand.  Safety isn’t it’s only value; it also helps steady your aim for distance shots.

A properly adjusted belt will end the fear of falling — thus adding to your enjoyment of the hunt!

Deer are Excellent Swimmers

When hunting for a suitable hunting spot, look for water!  Deer seem to consider water as a barrier to detection.  Deer do not hesitate to enter water.

They are known to swim beaver ponds and swamps, as well as wade creeks to escape from hunters and dogs.

When looking for deer, be sure to scan the banks for trails leading out of the water and up the bank.  As creatures of habit, they may come for water and/or cross the river or creek at the same place.

This is a great site for a hunting spot!

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* Your dryer has ‘dryer sheet residue’ (complete with fru-fru smells). Hang them out to dry instead.

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‘Great Eight’ rear window graphic is used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics!

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More Deer Hunting From a Tree Stand

Info from Yesterday’s posting:

Locating Your Tree Stand

Safety & Your Tree Stand

Finding Active Feeding Areas

 

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Pinch Me! *

 

Now let’s return to mid-day hunting from your tree stand.

Hunters are most active between 10 am and 2 pm (not that you are hunting them).  You can take advantage of this mid-day movement!  While deer are on the move  avoiding the hunters, they try to stay away from the open.

If you have placed your tree stand in the woods, you will be able to watch the deer move quietly from one wooded area to another, staying in the shadows.

Your Tree Stand Near Water

Locating your tree stand near water might be a great idea.  There are some factors that will affect your choice.

In dry areas, where there are few watering holes, setting up your tree stand nearby may be a super idea.  Before deciding on a spot, however, make sure there are fresh tracks around the water.

If there are few fresh tracks, the whitetails are spending most of their time elsewhere.  You have the best chance of success where watering holes are far apart.

If there are lots of gathering places for water, the deer have too many choices and this decreases your chances of catching sight of a deer in the crosshairs of your gun.

Things to Remember

Whitetails are skittish near water — they are vulnerable.  It is critical that you avoid movement or noise.

Deer do most of their feeding in dim light.  They usually drink water in late afternoon, before traveling to feeding areas.  In the morning, before heading to their beds, they also take water.

Ever watchful, if whitetails see or smell something unusual, they turn tail and run.  They don’t wait around to see if they’ve over-reacted!

Advantages of a Tree Stand

  • Your stand is above the deer’s line of sight
  • Your scent is above the deer
  • You have a broader view of your hunting area

Did you know that arrow or gun shots that enter game’s body at a high angle and exit at a low angle leave a better blood trail? This helps you recover your game!

Two last tips: Keep your tree stand in the shadows of the tree. This is no time to give your location away!

In a tree stand, the animal’s vitals are at a different angle.  Aim your rifle or arrow a bit lower to get the vital organs.

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* This image is “Pinch Me” and is used by permission from ClearVue Graphics.

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