Ok MOs, whats your favorite camo for Deer hunts? I have gone back to red, black, and white brick plaid, hat too. Read an article by a SC Biologist who explained why the red, black and white plaid was the best camo, since deer are color blind. It seems that the colors just make you invisible to dear. Now the author did warn everyone to also wear a plaid hat two, but if your law requires some international orange, wear it as a back flap off your plaid hat.
Seems that the International orange acts like a big bright black dot in the deers' field of view. He claims that the orange vests, hats, ect. are such a huge out of the ordenary black beacon that deer literally stay clear of it, it they see it. I staked out a international orange vest about 25 feet off of a game trail last spring and watched doe and bucks give that thing a wide berth, and it was 25feet off the trail. I also took all human sent off it as well. It just stuck out like a sore thumb.
I have seen "camo" orange/black and would think that would work as well being that the "pattern" is broken up somewhat and it's not just some big orange spot sticking out like a sore thumb. Then again, if you're sitting up15 feet in a covered stand/box blind, it doesn't matter what color you're wearing!
Deer can see in black and white but I think they can see the intensity of the orange color "glow". My dad always said its not a fasdion show. Nobody. cares what you wear. Specially the game your hunting. Old camo seems to do Bette than brand new. It might be the softer edges or less crisp fabric but I think your right about the flannel. An old flannel shirt-jack makes good hunting gear.
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Here is how I "test" my camo. I drape the clothes over some bushes that are similar to what I will find where I hunt. Then, take a picture with a digital camera and after it is downloaded into the computer, change the pic from color to black/white. I'm thinking that's how a deer would see it.
Thanks for the info guys. I always just used MOBU and APG on about99 % of my stuff. I do hunt mostly bluffs and watch valleys for a majority of my hunts these days, so I suspect a deer wont see me 60 feet in the air over a bluff coddled up next to an old oak. But next time I stalk hunt, I may consider some of your advice here....tks
I tend to wear colors that blend in with the brush and plants in my area, and I sit still and when I move I move slowly and quietly.
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Here in Kansas you have to wear 200 sq in of hunter orange front and rear plus a orange cap for rifle and muzzle loader season
Yepper, don't get much choice on wearing orange or not during rifle season in Florida. BTW, I hunt WMA's so I'm good with the orange. Hasn't stopped me from seeing deer.
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I really don't think camo has that much bearing when in a stand. Sudden movements with face or hands might get there attention. I saw a lot more deer when I was younger than I do now. My face is larger as my hands and I am sure I have more odor now than I did then when younger. I do beleive a face net helps keep your face from shinning.