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March 13, 2008, 11:26 PM
Why is it that many hunters wear camouflage shirt and pants, only to don a blaze orange vest or hat? I know the purpose of the orange clothing is so other hunters can identify them, but wouldn't it just nullify the camouflage clothing? Why not just wear non-camouflage clothing?

March 14, 2008, 12:36 AM
Camouflage hunting clothing is not for the field. It is a real turn-on for coffee-shop waitresses, female gas station cashiers, and female cops. They won't be able to resist your advances while you are decked out in camo. Any woman will absolutely fall all over themselves to get a chance to talk to you when you wear camo, especially if they smell that manly musky smell you have after a few days in the field without a shower. Wearing camo clothing says to the world "I'm a man who knows what he likes and GOES FOR IT!" Oh, yeah! Really! It drives the women wild, and the tough guys out at the logging areas will look at you and say to themselves "better leave that one alone". Really!! Oh, oh, I almost forgot, camo clothing will totally hide you if you wear any tiny scrap anywhere on your body. Ooh, ooh, and especially if you have camo underwear!


March 14, 2008, 12:36 AM
I like having dedicated clothes for the occasion. I wear the same stuff for a lot of different seasons. Turkey is all camo, deer is camo with a vest, waterfowl is camo with waders. And a torso of unbroken color is still smaller than an entire body of unbroken color, and is not as recognizable as the full shape of a human body. Don't really have to worry about blood stains on camo patterns either. And even besides the practical, I just think it's a fun way to gear up for the season, the more stuff you have to get in order the less antsy you are waiting. Not for everyone but just part of the experience for me :P

Art Eatman
March 14, 2008, 06:19 AM
Blaze orange is required by law in many areas. Hunting accidents began a dramatic decline with the advent of the requirement.

Camo definitely improves one's chances when turkey hunting. Otherwise, dull, earth-tone clothes do just as well. However, I've never noticed that wearing Levis hurt my deer hunting, although I generally wear khakis that Goodwill would reject.


March 14, 2008, 07:42 AM
Camo clothing is the most overrated aspect of whitetail deer hunting. The less expensive army fatigue camo pattern is just as effective as the pricey Mossy Oak and RealTree versions--I have tested it myself.

March 14, 2008, 08:08 AM
I like scorch's explanation.......

March 14, 2008, 08:50 AM
I agree with both scorch & king.

March 14, 2008, 10:19 PM
my father and i wear the older woodland pattern bdus for hunting. they were cheaper and work just as good in my opinion as the other camo. just something to break up the fact that your a human. deer are color blind as well. i have thought about just getting a brown carhartt or walls jacket and trousers for small game hunting. i don't think mr. rabbit or squirrel would mind me doing that.

we are required by law to wear blaze orange here for hunting with firearm except waterfowl,turkey,crow,woodchuck and coyote. bow hunting no orange required. my father-in-law hunts wearing a blaze orange coat and trousers.

i don't think camo will call the ladies in like i could try to call to a turkey. they get annoyed if you sit in a bar wearing camo calling away with a mouthpiece :).

March 15, 2008, 01:26 AM
I really screw with the deer's head! i camo my self in old jeans and faded flannel jacket. They think I am a farmer lookin' for my tractor... they just stand there or walk up offering to show me where it is parked...:D Than BOOM.... freezer is filled again...

March 15, 2008, 02:21 AM
I live in TX. We can wear, or not wear, whatever we want. Color-wise.

I do have a large patch of blaze orange cloth I take with me on every hunt. Just in case other hunters are nearby, and I make a kill.
I do not want to take the chance of them shooting a animal that I am carying or dragging.
I may be just as dumb, by being mad, and shoot back.

Heck, even my deer drag is blaze orange.
They just sit in my pack's pockets until needed.

March 15, 2008, 02:28 AM
OK, this begs another question...
For most of my life I've heard critters such as deer and dogs and chickens are color blind. Just HOW do they know this? I've asked countless dogs and if they have any insight in this matter- they're keeping it to themselves because they ain't told me squat as of yet!

(Yes, I know better than to ask a chicken- they're not very smart and will likely lie to ya at the drop of a hat.)

March 15, 2008, 02:42 AM
I too, have asked my dogs if they see color... they give me the deer in the headlights stare... but if I ask them if they prefer the brown dog kibble or the whitish chicken leg quarters or RED deer parts they always chose the red or white over brown...:D
I have also heard that humans ONLY dream in black and white...
I know for sure that the mid 60's T-bird in a weird dream was less than polished and waxed metallic green with a white interior.:eek: i think it is no more than a guess. If i can dream in full color after being "trained" it is only black and white with shades of gray than animals likely see more color than we realize.

March 15, 2008, 08:08 AM
i dont know if its just me there is somthing wrong with, but i had a dreem about brown-chees tonight an the chees was, well, brown!:D

March 16, 2008, 12:05 AM
but i had a dreem about brown-chees tonight an the chees was, well, brown!But did it taste like grey cheese?

March 16, 2008, 02:48 AM
Chickens see color.
They actually see more colors of light than we do.

The easiest way to tell if an animal has a higher probabilty to see color, is if they have color on thier body.
ie, birds feathers, fish scales, etc.

Or their diet utilizes color, like flowers for nectar, and fruit.

March 16, 2008, 08:22 PM
I think some sort of camo like the old BDUs would work great if they substituted bright orange in place of the sand color. That way you still get the camo break up pattern, but the visibility for other hunters to see. Anyone know if it is made? If not, I call dibs on the patent.

March 17, 2008, 05:48 AM
they do make what called "blaze camo". i haven't seen it in a 2 piece form (shirt and trousers). i only saw it a few times on insulated coveralls. its close to the woodland bdu. i think it had black,green and brown. the rest of it was blaze orange.

March 17, 2008, 08:11 AM
they do make what called "blaze camo". i haven't seen it in a 2 piece form (shirt and trousers). i only saw it a few times on insulated coveralls. its close to the woodland bdu. i think it had black,green and brown. the rest of it was blaze orange.

Blaze camo doesn't meet the orange requirements in some states. CO requires the orange to be solid. I don't mind the orange requirement and if you have ever hunted public land during elk and deer season you know why.:eek: Anything that breaks up your outline works on big game, but I rarely wear any kind of camouflage when hunting.

March 17, 2008, 10:34 AM
this should clear up the "camo" discussion....


March 17, 2008, 02:39 PM
I have a blaze orange vest and hat that I wear during rifle season. I might start wearing it during archery season as well. For some unknown reason, bear season is open for firearms during archery season. I get scoped a few times a year by "bear hunters" sitting on a landing and I am still hunting in the canyon.

I am sure they will change the regs once some bowhunter gets shot...

March 17, 2008, 09:34 PM
taylorforce1 i didn't say that wearing the blaze camo was legal where he is. or anywhere for that matter. just that i have seen it before. i wouldn't buy any of it.

blaze camo may or may not meet the requirements of every state. but they do make it. you can't wear blaze camo in nj. not enough square inches. but when i do wear orange i wear a vest and hat. i make sure that i have a blaze orange hooded sweatshirt on underneath my coat. you used to be legal with just a hat. but that isn't enough now.

March 18, 2008, 10:52 AM
In my post above, I meant to say it was a blaze camo vest and hat. I get some teasing about it, as there is no requirement here, but it makes my wife a little less nervous about me going hunting, so I wear it.

Little compromises that keep me in the woods are OK. :D

March 18, 2008, 06:06 PM
A pair of tan canvas carpenters pants, a Brown-ish flannel shirt and an orange hat for me.

As long as you dont wear white where it dont snow, I dont think deer know the difference. I've not read it in any books, but it seems to me that motion is what spooks deer. Never had one run when If I stood still.

March 18, 2008, 08:16 PM
Wearing camo clothing while hunting is trendy. Yes, to some degree it is a fashion thing. Honestly speaking, it is hard to buy many hunting coats that are not camo these days. The exception that I can think of are some of the wool coats that are sold. Camo clothing is not necessary except during turkey season and perhaps duck season. Birds can see color. Most game animals like deer and bear are color blind. I feel safer while wearing blaze orange clothing during deer season (gun).

March 19, 2008, 07:07 AM
Very true about being trendy and very little options. I purchase hunting clothes for comfort (cool/bug resistant or warm/water proof). I could care less what "pattern" I'm wearing. However, some seem to think they are entering a beauty walk when hunting season opens.

Nothing against Jordan, Haas and company, but camo is the most overrated aspect of the hunting industry. I think I said that before:rolleyes:...

arizona hunter
March 19, 2008, 10:22 AM
I always wear orange, even though in AZ it is not required. I just feel safer. As for camo, well, it still helps break up your outline, and also it is nearly impossible to find hunting cloths with the moisture wicking properties and other features in non-camo clothing.

March 19, 2008, 01:05 PM
Carharrt bibs for bird season. Green Woolrich or Johnson woolies and red and black plaid wool coat for deer season. Orange hat. Essex

March 20, 2008, 11:17 AM
It may be man thing but I like to wear cammo. MossyOak for me I got almost every do dad MossyOak product on the market.

Jack O'Conner
March 26, 2008, 07:46 AM

This is my friend Bill. He has been toppling Pennsylvania whitetails since the early 1950's. Bill wears dark blue insulated coveralls under this orange jacket. You won't be selling him on the idea that he needs to change his wardrobe or rifle for deer hunting. That's his Winchester 32 Special.

The rope is tied to form a handle for easy dragging.