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    Agree with the guys on movement being key... I've never been into any camo, something about it just doesn't do it for me, but each to their own. 95% of my hunting is done in a pair of Swazi stubbies and a $10 short sleeve blaze orange t-shirt and have had many close encounters up close in the bush with animals staring at me for long periods. Would be interesting to try some camo for comparison but I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything!

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    Been hunting for over 40 years. Only time I've really worn camo gear is while game bird shooting and even then only occasionaly. When hunting animals it's mostly bush shooting with some river-flats and open area work. Have worn jeans and shirt/swannie to shorts and tee-shirt and had reasonable success over the years, eg. approx. 4000 goats over last seven years plus numerous deer and pigs. After plenty of up close and personal encounters, within touching distance, with animals I believe movement and scent are what give you away. Camo gear is for catching hunters and their wallets in hunting stores. Previous to about the mid-eighties we, as hunters, didn't really have to worry about the fact that gamebirds and animals, especially deer, could see in the ultra-violet spectrum. Laundry detergent didn't tend to have brighteners in them like today to make our clothes look like new. Just my 2 cents worth, wear whatever does it for you.
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    How important is camo clothing? Hahaha, well its not the clothing that makes a hunter.
    I don't have a sence of fashion either, nor do I dress to fit someone's concepts of what looks good. I've mostly worn green in some from and would say the last twenty old years the army has dressed me cheaply and it happens to be camo! but I mix up the top end abit.
    It turns out pretty good for me, being involved in pest control and being up close and personal! in a day it could be rabbits or geese and now duck season, it's all been said! hands, face, movement the biggest and the Ultraviolet spectrum and there is plenty of information on that. I think the bow hunters are more aware of breaking up outline.
    There was a time when it was red and blue Swanndri and that gear is still around with us today,
    Gear has got lighter with the ability to take sweet away, there's all sorts of kit you can be hyped into. But what's your need for some of it? the hills are to high for me now. So I don't need a great pack, but I do need a good sleep if out hunting over night, even that's rear. 4x4 and slippers now, well almost.
    What you hunt, where you hunt, may dictate what you wear. I've ran down hills to get back to camp before dark and ran smack into deer, I've crept along deer trails looking like a leaf and came on deer! Do I wear camo for deer? not really, but it does help in hunting, is my personal thought! As it covers all sort of situation you can find yourself in. That's why duck shooter's try and conceal themselves and some know nothing about ultraviolet and wonder why ducks flare up.
    Did alot of goat culling they are silly, but keen eyed.
    So I guess if you ask yourself the questions, which you have, but now you want some sort of sence of opinion on it.
    So here it is! What was camo made for? And if you come up with disguising personnel or something, you would be right. Then the next question is disguising something, going to help you? Hope to process helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woods223 View Post
    Been hunting for over 40 years. Only time I've really worn camo gear is while game bird shooting and even then only occasionaly. When hunting animals it's mostly bush shooting with some river-flats and open area work. Have worn jeans and shirt/swannie to shorts and tee-shirt and had reasonable success over the years, eg. approx. 4000 goats over last seven years plus numerous deer and pigs. After plenty of up close and personal encounters, within touching distance, with animals I believe movement and scent are what give you away. Camo gear is for catching hunters and their wallets in hunting stores. Previous to about the mid-eighties we, as hunters, didn't really have to worry about the fact that gamebirds and animals, especially deer, could see in the ultra-violet spectrum. Laundry detergent didn't tend to have brighteners in them like today to make our clothes look like new. Just my 2 cents worth, wear whatever does it for you.
    Catching yr wallets is right,$400 to $500 for a camo jacket f/o,my old black rugby shorts,faded grey green swanny and benny the go.Gota have good foot wear tho.

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    So what are people using for face coverings please? Providing a link to your preferred product/s would be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    So what are people using for face coverings please? Providing a link to your preferred product/s would be good.

    When sitting overlooking a likely area I wear one of those ‘turkey shooter’ cammo veil deals.
    Keeps the sandflies at bay too!
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    When I'm hunting on public land I want to be visible to any nearby trigger happy hunters..so I wear bright (not faded) blaze orange. From a SAR perspective, it's easy to miss an unconscious/asleep/dead body in gloomy bush, or at night, if they're dressed in green/camo/dark clothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    So what are people using for face coverings please? Providing a link to your preferred product/s would be good.
    Grow-your-own... Not sure what female hunters use? I guess there must be something out there that works.

    Another thing is shape recognition, stand on a hill looking over a farm paddock full of deer - the buggers don't care. Point at them, different story...

    A splash of brown paint on the end of a muzzle can will help as it is a black moving spot and can stand out like nothing else from a reasonable way. Plus, like the objective of a scope it can reflect sun if at the wrong angle which is like a disco ball to an animal except fuckoffski time not party time.
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    Cover your face and hands in the bush otherwise see them before they see you.
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    Thanks for the replies. I think we can all agree that movement gets seen more than anything, along with this, white hands and faces flapping about is a bad thing. UV is an issue. Personally, I don't use any detergent when washing my hunting clothes. Colour spectrum of animals is different. Hunting brand clothing is often poor quality/overpriced compared to the stuff designed for tramping/mountaineering. Some of us don't like look of being dressed head-to-toe in camo. I would include myself in this. Camo - yeah/nah, different opinions, it won't make up for getting everything else wrong, but it's not going to do any harm, unless you get shot by another hunter, or alarm members of the public.

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    Shape, shine, shadow, silhouette and movement is Army doctrine to conceal against.
    I think there may be one more 'S' but I can't remember. (May be size)
    Someone else may remember...
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    I think the 5th "s" is spacing - not very relevant to hunters, but important to human eyes looking for patterns where soldiers are concerned.

    My take on camo is that it is first and foremost designed to catch the unwary hunter.
    The South African army used nutria uniform - known to the troops as 'browns' - for the duration of the bush war. They didn't match the trees, the grass, the sand but they were a great in between shade that blended uncannily well. I was caught out on a few occasions by someone sitting really still - they blend into the scenery. No need for any fancy pattern - they can help, but are not essential.Below is a pic of one of the syndicates taking part in a 3 day forced march called 'vasbyt', as part of a military police junior leaders selection, hence the 2 officers are travelling very light - they are selectors, rather than participants.
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    My suggestions - Pay attention to what the fabric sounds like - especially when brushing against a branch or stick. Choose a neutral mid-tone colour, (olive green, khaki, and Swazi's tussock are good). Wear a similar colour / shade on top and bottom - different colours make you stand out. stay away from black - nature does not have much of it, and it stands out like a silhouette where there shouldn't be one. And care is important too! Wash them with a non-scented detergent without a brightener or whitener. Don't use softener either. Better yet, wash with washing soda and a tablespoon of vinegar only.
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    Make one of these and you can wear whatever you want...
    https://youtu.be/G93bju1qCSI


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    I always wear a wide brimmed hat to shade the moon face. I remember a mate out duckshooting just on dusk and I could see only his face peering out of the scrub and I was 80 odd metres away. Face lit up like a torch on. I had a bright orange blaze overshirt, had a deer and goat absolutely bolt when they saw it. Never worn since.
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