To Camo or not to Camo

Discussion in 'Hunting Equipment, Gear & Optics' started by Ed Lally, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. Hogpatrol

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    I would have to agree with you with hunting in Africa and the human silhouette. Just watched a video where the person filming was the fourth person in the group. The game was in the open and the group of people had one bush with no leaves between them and the game. All were moving around at the same time at close range and nothing spooked
    Having hunted whitetail in the Midwest and elk, mule deer, Antelope out west on public ground. You would not get a way with that even at long range much less at close range.
    The amount of hunting pressure may have a great deal to do with it
    As you also said noise and scent are things you have to pay attention to
     

  3. Red Leg

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    I am honestly curious about your sources with regard to blue spectrum. The camo studies I have seen found blue as effective as any of the earth tones. I personally don't have much use for camouflage hunting anything but turkeys and waterfowl, but I have been around a number of scouts and trackers wearing blue - in three cases blue camo field jackets - twice in Namibia and once in the RSA. And I have worn blue jeans a lot while hunting whitetail. I can think of no instance in nearly sixty years in the field where I though the color of what I was wearing ever frightened a big game animal. Ducks and geese - absolutely. Ungulates - not so much.
     
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    My PH in the Limpopo was wearing a camo parka on cold mornings (maybe Canadian military issue). He was more "properly" attired as the day warmed up. :)
     
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    Camo is popular in SA and you can buy patterns there that match much of the bushveld, I've had several PHs that wore SA branded camo! It's readily purchased in SA.
     

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    There is a decent chance that more free range African animals have been shot by individual's wearing plaid than camo, over the last 100 years.

    Not that I am a proponent of wearing plaid. Just not a big fan of camo. Camo in Africa seems to be a trend since the 90's. Really more like the 2000's.

    Camo also seems to be more of a Southern Africa thing. Possibly starting in conjunction with cable TV hunting/ marketing in America and game farms in RSA.

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    Camo or not to camo that is the question. Lol.. Not necessary
     
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    I am an old man, and this is the first I have ever seen recommending blue for hunting.
    can't remember sources, as no point, but consistent from many years.
    what I have noticed of latter years is marketing campaigns presenting as being an authority on the subject, when they in fact do not fully understand the issue.
    they do not actually care about reality, but rather selling a product for money.
    cynicism is the only defence to such things, particularly when people start to believe them.
    ultimately the best way to break up your outline is to be next to or in front of a rock or bush, and preferably in the shade, keeping still.
    when you see a guy standing on a ridge or rock glassing, you know that he is advertising his presence with a neon sign.
    hunting into the wind negates any form of hiding.
    I would absolutely hate to be a safari tracker from what I have seen on videos.
    the trackers mostly can really hunt, and they are trying to get a guy who seems to know nothing into a position. how stressful for them.
    bruce.
     
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    It depends on the situation. We know Camo works plain and simple. For some reason it’s not “Classic Africa” to wear Camo. I can guarantee you when I’m stalking an animal Camo can help me to get closer. I will usually opt for solid pants and Camo shirt but again it depends on the hunt. It is up to you really.
    I’m glad to hear you are doing your homework for your Safari.
    Philip
     
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    First trip to Namibia we filmed ourselves ..I am sitting under a tree in plain sight and cannot be seen no matter how hard we tried...I had military desert storm tan shirt jack on..It blended perfectly with the dead grass around me...I took it because it is comfortable with plenty of pockets and I don't care about fashion when hunting anyway..Probably wrong for green brush,,who knows...They claim animals don't see color and PH's wore whatever they wear everyday..
     

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    You don't need camo.
    Go naked and take a donkey dressed as a Gemsbok. FB_IMG_1567027619659.jpeg
     
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    I've stuck with darker earth tones like dark brown, olive, dark greens and even a dark red/rust color.
    Mostly because it's what I normally wear and I didn't have to buy anything special for the safari.
    I don't own much, if any camo clothing.
    I try to be stealthy to the people around me as much as the animals I'm hunting.
    Nothing screams "HUNTER OVER HERE" like camo does.
     
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    here is the thing about camo.
    camo is the very top of the pyramid in benefit.
    the other 99.99% of what matters is a little bit more important, especially the base of the pyramid.
    in this day and age we tend to think that you buy it and all is taken care of.
    our society (civilized?) has got so far away from the basics of nature that we have pretty much lost it.
    interesting comment about African game compared to say north American deer reaction to hunters.
    videos show plains game perfectly relaxed as lions etc wander through the herd.
    try that with a deer!
    bruce.
     

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    Here ya go! Public Service Announcement for those that hate camo. We know you just love that haute couture look. :LOL::LOL::LOL:



    Let us know how wearing it helps you not muff the shot. :p:rolleyes::D
     
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    Their were a couple of articles in White-tail Magazine, I think they where from some Ph.D. with the University of Alabama The deal was that White-tail see blues and UV (besides White and grays). Now, if that converts to animals residing in Africa is another story.
     
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    I'm beginning to realize why the Blue Wildebeest is a prime prey animal. He's easy to see. :p:LOL:
     
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    Not sure about Alabama, but I am sure University of Georgia has done a lot of research on the subject.
     
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    As has been noted, in some countries camo clothing is illegal. In those countries, obviously, you should obey the law.

    In other countries, I suggest you wear whatever you like. I have some camo clothing, and some plain clothing. I wear what I feel like wearing when I get up to go hunting. I think you should too.

    Hunters really can argue just about anything!
     
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    I didn’t hunt in camo until I was in my early 30’s (a little over 10 yrs ago). Scent and movement are the bigger problems.
    With that said, I appreciate camo today for the functional design of the items, and the simple fact that camo does a really good job of hiding blood stains...

    I’m a sucker for kuiu gear, it is almost as good as Patagonia clothing.
     
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