Hunting Camouflage Basics
Protect your hide for the best results.
One of the most common requests we get for hydrographics is for hunters. That is because hunters know that they have to protect their hide, get into deep cover, and become one with their surroundings. We do lots of work to help hunter camouflage their rifles and other gear, and we have a ton of different patterns to choose from. If you are just getting started here is a little primer about what you should be thinking about when you set up your hide.
Choosing Camouflage By Hunting Region
Generally speaking, there are four major hunting regions in the United States: North, South, East and West.
• North: Northern hunting is synonymous with treestand hunting. You will want camo that can disappear into the tree line and into the sky as curious game look up in your direction. Consider camo that mixes light and dark swatches.
• South: Southern hunting areas are often layered with lush vegetation. Choose camo that will help you blend with leaves, branches and limbs.
• East: With its diverse set of hunting environments, you’ll need camo that can do it all. Look for all-purpose camo designed to blend into any background.
• West: Mountains, desert, badlands — the West is known for some tough terrain. Go for camo that will keep you concealed in open spaces in direct sunlight — earth tones that blend into grasses, rock and brush.
Choosing Camo By Species
Three of the most popular hunts in the U.S. are waterfowl, turkey and whitetail deer, as well as other forms of big game hunting. Here are a few tips to choose camo based on your quarry.
• Waterfowl: Ducks can see colors, making waterfowl camo that much more important. Look for camo that would blend into light-colored grasses and reeds.
• Turkey : When the woods begin to come alive during spring gobbler season, look for patterns with lots of green and shadows. Turkeys have impeccable eyesight, therefore it is critical to be entirely concealed. Make sure areas like your hands and face are also camouflaged.
• Deer/Big Game: For the most part, big game animals have limited color perception, but they can still pick out your silhouette if you’re not properly concealed. You’ll want camo that can naturally blend into your surroundings (leaves, branches, etc.).}|
Many states require hunters to wear blaze orange apparel in the woods. Remember, deer and big game have trouble seeing colors, so wearing blaze orange only serves to keep you safe from other hunters — it will not give your location away.
While it’s essential to choose the right camo, it’s equally important to dress appropriately for the conditions. If you think you are ready to match your rifle to your camo gear, we can help you with a hydrographic pattern application. Give us a shout and we can tell you all about it.