Well hunters we are inching closer to opening day specifically for those deer hunters out there!
As we enter September 2020 we ALL have been thru some crappy times with COVID 19 and the impending election starring us all in the face …but I am hopeful we will find a cure for this pandemic and get thru the 2020 election without a lot of drama (like I said I’m hopeful) in any case the 2020 Hunting Season is close at hand and with it comes hopes eternal dream of bagging that big buck you have been tracking on your trail cam or the one you missed last year.
That said I want to discuss camo patterns with you all and see what you The Hunting Public have to say about your choice of camouflage and the reasons why you use it……..so lets roll out the fabric and pattern it this way:
- The History of Camouflage Fabric
- Camo Patterns
- Hunting Environment
- Hunting Tactics
- All sewn up = conclusions
The History of Camouflage
Cam-ou-flage = a noun meaning the disguising of military personnel / equipment and installations by painting or covering them to make them blend in with their surroundings. The word ‘camouflage’ came from the French verb meaning ‘to make up for the stage’. Its practitioners, many of whom were artists, were known as camoufleurs.
Camouflage, also called cryptic coloration, is a defense or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings. Organisms use camouflage to mask their location, identity, and movement. This allows prey to avoid predators, and for predators to sneak up on prey.
World War II era: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers experimented with camouflage uniforms in 1940. In 1943, U.S. Marines in the Solomon Islands wear reversible beach/jungle coveralls with green-and-brown “frog” patterns.
The Marine Corps soon adopted a two-piece uniform made of the same camouflage material. It also used the frog pattern on helmet covers, ponchos and shelters.
And as we all know there have been many variations of camouflage uniforms used by the Military since WWII each with their own unique attributes relating to the environment and surroundings that impacted the engagements between opposing forces.
There are way too many camo patterns to discuss here in a single simple post but for the sake of staying within our niche we will only kick around camo patterns as they relate to whitetail deer hunting. I suppose an argument could be made for just about every camo pattern that is related to hunting and all would be correct in the essence of time for you the reader I will only concentrate on a few of the most commonly used camo patterns for hunting deer as follows……….
The above patterns I chose based on where I hunt in the Piney Woods I certainly understand that there are many, many other types of terrain in which whitetails can be hunted but I wanted to stick with the patterns that I have used in the past and have seen others use as well.
With heritage name brands like Realtree and Mossy Oak whom have an enormous followings the Obsession by Mossy Oak and Edge by Realtree are designed primarily for the hunter to “blend into” their respective surroundings while on the other hand Sitka and other digital camo patterns tend to help break up the hunters outline in the field all the patterns mentioned perform well in my opinion.
I believe that this is the greatest determining factor on what sort of camo pattern type to purchase. You must figure out what you are trying to achieve (blend into your surroundings or break your silhouette up against a ridge line or ravine ridge).
I would also go on to say that Mother Nature is the ultimate camouflage designer just take a look around you the next time your in the field and see how she has used her creatures to blend into their surroundings. So you need to know what sort of terrain you are planning on hunting in and lean towards that sort of pattern if its available, if not I would say that any camo clothing is better than none at all.
In closing just be conscious on where you plan to hunt and purchase accordingly.
I feel that this would be the next logical topic to consider before purchasing your camo gear meaning how do you intend to hunt whitetails either stalking or in a ground blind or maybe from tree stand? I would state that if you intend to hunt from the ground that it would to your advantage to have the best possible camo patterned clothing on your body for the least amount of detection!
Look, we all know that whitetails see in black & white basically colorblind but they can detect movement and irregular shapes foriegn to the natural wood surroundings having that camo clothing on your back at least gives you a chance to react before they see you. So do yourself a favor and increase the odds of bagging that buck get into some camo!
All sewn up (conclusion)
Well I hope I have least made you consider looking into a camouflage pattern that would best suit your hunting terrain and hunting tactics. Like I said in the begining there are a lot of camo patterns to choose from and a great deal more of the actual fabrics they have been printed on or made from. I say choose what best fits your type of hunting style and environment and don’t be afraid to experiment.
I would love to hear back from you all on what works best for you and why so give us a shout back at Hilljack Hunters and good luck this year (we could use a little Lady Luck after ALL we have been thru this year ….just saying).