Google+

“The Five Senses”

 

“The Five Senses”

Camouflage Tips

 

It may seem odd to say, but there are a great many hunters who do not fully understand the purpose of camouflage. It is far more than just a way to fade into the background, or blend with any and all locations so that the wildlife you seek can remain oblivious to your presence. Some hunters only worry about the ‘visual’ when it comes to camouflage and tend to disregard the other senses that animals own. Sly, crafty, sneaky, stealthy – to be a successful hunter all of these things come into play – and the concept of camouflage should be explored far beyond the basic fact that it allows you to ‘disappear.’

 

As we all know, animals don’t see shapes and colors the way we do – it is actually the stance and figure that humans have that cause the animal to be able to identify them. In that respect, camouflage allows the animal to be confused because our stature is what is muddled; it’s almost as if their eyes waver and can’t see through the illusion that there’s a human form in the vicinity. Color is important, of course, to blend in with the specific backdrop – but it’s not the only important thing when it comes to causing visual confusion. It is the shape and pattern that makes the animal not realize exactly how close a human may be standing.

 

The experts say that when it comes to hunting on hills or in open fields, it is the large blocks of color that should be used. Reason being, is that these are particular areas that are infused with broad blocks of color and not the smaller mounds of leaves, foliage, twigs, random weeds, etc., that would constitute a forest scene. Therefore, deep in the woods, small botches of color and varied colors are what should make up your choice of camouflage.

 

Hunters atop those hills or out in those open fields can really cut out some of the hard work by just picking out camo that is the dominant color of their chosen hunting territory. No matter how hard a hunter tries, or how many companies insist it to be true, you can not completely become invisible in any landscape, the best you can do is blend in with the habitat by choosing colors that are natural in the setting.

 

The color palettes of brown and green are actually the most popular choices made by hunters, but you must remember that if your background is the sky, a blue palette can work just as well. And if you are hunting in a habitat or area that is sparse, or has vegetation that is dying/decayed, a lighter tan is the way to go.

 

Yes, the visual confusion is an absolute must, but it’s not only our human form that alerts the animal to our presence; our scent will also give us away in a second. Which is why a camo ‘package’ is what many hunters are looking into purchasing. With that package, cover-up products are definitely a good investment. In addition, staying away from any scent that’s strong – such as smoking, or bathing – before heading out to hunt, is a must. Anything that strong will alert the herds immediately and send them running.

 

Sounds must also be factored in, considering that most animals rely on their hearing instead of their sight to alert them to danger. Obviously camouflage clothing choices need to be made with that in mind; clothing that will not make a great deal of noise when moving through the woods. Fabrics that are either rough or have any type of texture to them will make sounds that are not conducive to the woods, which will eliminate any shot of ‘sneaking’ through the forest. Although there are arguments about this fact, because a texture would be a better backdrop for camouflage, it is the softer fabric that will prove to be more successful.

 

Now when it comes to camouflage, data can also change when speaking about the type of prey you happen to be hunting. Such as, the tips above are excellent for the white-tailed deer; however, if a wild turkey hunt is what you love to pursue then it will take specialized clothing to be a success. Wild turkeys own great vision and can immediately see everything in their line of sight AND they see color. Because of these ‘gifts,’ a hunter does not only have to remain perfectly still, but they also have to clothe in camo from head to toe for the blending to work.

 

Bass Pro Shops (one of the most popular), Mossy Oak, Realtree, Skyline and more, provide products that hunters – as well as anglers – need. So when looking for camo that covers head to toe, you need to think of everything when you shop. The right type of boot to purchase will all depend on where and what time of year you’re hunting. Fairly mild weather is all about lightweight, un-insulated boots – whereas lowland areas can call for high rubber boots. Western regions are more rugged terrain which calls for a boot with great support and insulation.

 

All of these issues come into play when speaking about pants, shirts and jackets, as well. There are some regions that call for heavy cover or waterproof, burr-proof clothing, as well as coats that add warmth or extra protection to match the weather.

 

Again, with the type of prey comes a change in camo. Such as that sharp-eyed turkey that calls for a camouflaged hunting vest which provides both cover and pockets to store all your turkey calls. And ignoring the face and hands is something a hunter can’t afford to do, which makes gloves and face coverings – like mesh facemasks or head nets – essential. Camo face paints, ball caps – all of these are also things to think about when attempting to blend in with your surroundings.

 

Above all, just remember that camo is all about choices and needs. If you are more prone to turkey hunting than deer hunting, remember to change with the prey, season, weather and backdrop. Taking all of these issues – as well as the five senses – into account will make you a far more efficient hunter.

 

www.sportsmanslife.com

REQUEST INFORMATION

Entertainment

Bawdy Road Romp Opens as #1 Comedy at the Box Office

    Girls Trip Hits Chicago! by Kam Williams Bawdy Road Romp Opens as #1 Comedy at the Box Office Universal Pictures' Girls Trip made a spectacular debut on its opening weekend, raking in over $30 million at the box office. The hilarious road romp, directed by Spike's cousin Malcolm Lee (The Best Man), co-stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith.  80% of the movie's predominantly African-American fans … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period represented a window of opportunity for African-Americans... Many [Black] political leaders emerged … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance your home, you need to do it ASAP. If choosing to wait too much longer, homeowners across the … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

  Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide by Amy Lignor   Much like the political realm, there will always be debates and disagreements when it comes to the technological realm—especially when it comes to your health versus the almighty cellphone. Now, it is a fact that communication in the 21st century literally brought about a revolution. Mobile devices are being used and will remain at the top of “must have” lists for all ages for … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Reds on the Fly

  Reds on the Fly By Craig Lamb In Venice, Louisiana, a bucket list trip awaits any fly fisherman up for the challenge of a lifetime. Even better, you get to cast amid the backdrop of some of the most scenic fishing waters in the country.  The challenge is catching a redfish, or red drum, on fly tackle. The trip is to south Louisiana, where the Mississippi River infuses coastal marshes with nutrients that supercharge the food chain. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Esports on a Meteoric Rise in 2017

  Esports on a Meteoric Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   Okay…we all know that football is America’s favorite sport. Or…is it? NASCAR has a wide following. People still love to go to the ballpark in the lazy summer days to watch a Yankee hit a homerun. There are those who love to practically melt in the summer watching the Williams’ sisters prove that tennis is a ‘cool’ sport. And, there are gazillions of soccer fans all over the globe … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Is Social Media Still Growing?

  Is Social Media Still Growing? by Amy Lignor   It was in 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled, “Business @ the Speed of Thought.” Within these pages, the man who became the computer world’s wizard made massively bold predictions that, at the time, sounded ridiculous and outrageous to those who read them. But when you look at how the social media realm has grown over the past few decades, it is important to take note that not only … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacation Locations: Knowledge is Fun Too!

  Vacation Locations: Knowledge is Fun Too! by Amy Lignor   Most children (and adults, too) will either roll their eyes or sigh when, while speaking about vacation locations, the word “learning” just happens to be mentioned. Yes, it is a fact that school trips take all of us during our younger years to everything from museums to libraries to historic locations in order to teach us things we should know. But when thinking about your … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]