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Eric Bailey
02-21-2013, 11:56 AM
I am a long time backpacker. I have tons of good gear for the Colorado high country where I live. I'm planning on hunting for the first time this fall (mule deer and maybe elk). None of my gear is made specifically for hunting. Some of it is noisy, none of it is camo. How important is it to own quiet camo clothing when rifle hunting? In Colorado, you have to wear 500 square inches of solid hunter orange on your upper body during the rifle seasons - including a hat that can be seen from all directions. Seems like camo gear is kind of a waste with all that dayglo orange going on...

Bitterroot Bulls
02-21-2013, 12:26 PM
Camo isn't necessary for any kind of hunting, but I have piles of it!

Quiet is good, but unless it is pretty loud, I would rather not compromise on performance.

dihardhunter
02-21-2013, 02:46 PM
No.

For bowhunting, nope either.

dihardhunter
02-21-2013, 02:48 PM
5184

One of 4 public land bulls to fall last September to non-camo "getups".

Colorado Cowboy
02-21-2013, 05:10 PM
Wear whatcha got and are comfortable in.

JMSZ
02-21-2013, 05:33 PM
I am a long time backpacker. I have tons of good gear for the Colorado high country where I live. I'm planning on hunting for the first time this fall (mule deer and maybe elk). None of my gear is made specifically for hunting. Some of it is noisy, none of it is camo. How important is it to own quiet camo clothing when rifle hunting? In Colorado, you have to wear 500 square inches of solid hunter orange on your upper body during the rifle seasons - including a hat that can be seen from all directions. Seems like camo gear is kind of a waste with all that dayglo orange going on...

For packs and such, duct tape is very effective at quieting it down and they'll smell you or see sudden movements and spook long before they will actually see you.

Anything your size that doesn't move like a tree is going to get their attention, but what the tree is wearing doesn't bother them.

xtreme
02-21-2013, 08:51 PM
Ditto all the above. Quiet is to please me, so I can hear.

BobT
02-22-2013, 05:13 AM
The biggest reason I wear camo for most of my hunting is because most of the really good hunting clothes only come in camo, there are some exceptions of course, most notably in wool. I do prefer wool for cool - cold weather hunting. Wear what works for you and don't worry if it isn't camo.

Bob

Montana
02-22-2013, 06:20 AM
The noise will matter, can't have that. But most high quality performance gear is not hunting related anyways. I'd say your good to go for starters. After a few trips, you'll get it figured out.

wolftalonID
03-03-2013, 06:54 PM
Whaaaa??? Woah wait a sec Herr. I heard on the Internet that them thar deer n elk will laugh at you if you look all dorkish when hunting. Everything must match. Always use scent soap. Most important you need only the newest calls and most recent weapons. All this found on the Internet. I honestly am amazed the cave men ever made it. Oh yeah... Nm they didn't.

Lol ..... I feel better wearing it so I do. However.... Proper field craft goes a lot farther than fashion.

sjsmallfield
03-04-2013, 06:48 PM
Whaaaa??? Woah wait a sec Herr. I heard on the Internet that them thar deer n elk will laugh at you if you look all dorkish when hunting. Everything must match. Always use scent soap. Most important you need only the newest calls and most recent weapons. All this found on the Internet.

And remember they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true. I heard that on the internet. ;)

Ikeepitcold
03-04-2013, 08:00 PM
For packs and such, duct tape is very effective at quieting it down and they'll smell you or see sudden movements and spook long before they will actually see you.

Anything your size that doesn't move like a tree is going to get their attention, but what the tree is wearing doesn't bother them.


Whaaaa??? Woah wait a sec Herr. I heard on the Internet that them thar deer n elk will laugh at you if you look all dorkish when hunting. Everything must match. Always use scent soap. Most important you need only the newest calls and most recent weapons. All this found on the Internet. I honestly am amazed the cave men ever made it. Oh yeah... Nm they didn't.


Lol ..... I feel better wearing it so I do. However.... Proper field craft goes a lot farther than fashion.

Hahahhahahhah cause everything thing on the innernet is true!

Ikeepitcold
03-04-2013, 08:02 PM
For packs and such, duct tape is very effective at quieting it down and they'll smell you or see sudden movements and spook long before they will actually see you.

Anything your size that doesn't move like a tree is going to get their attention, but what the tree is wearing doesn't bother them.


And remember they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true. I heard that on the internet. ;)


Holy crap SJS I love that friggin commercial! Hahahha I posted what I did before I went to the next page and saw yours. Hilarious!

sjsmallfield
03-08-2013, 07:15 PM
Holy crap SJS I love that friggin commercial! Hahahha I posted what I did before I went to the next page and saw yours. Hilarious!

I was hoping someone would get a laugh out of it. I should have known it would be you!

Colorado Cowboy
03-08-2013, 10:07 PM
Hell the only reason I wear camo is so that the other hunters can't see me and know where all my secret spots are!!!!:cool:

Never in Doubt
03-09-2013, 01:59 PM
The closest I ever stalked a buck was when I was wearing blue jeans and a white shirt. Of course I kept a huge pine tree between us as I walked to 15 yards of him bedded down. You don't NEED all camo, but it does help if there isn't enough cover to conceal you.

JMSZ
03-21-2013, 02:46 PM
Whaaaa??? Woah wait a sec Herr. I heard on the Internet that them thar deer n elk will laugh at you if you look all dorkish when hunting. Everything must match. Always use scent soap. Most important you need only the newest calls and most recent weapons. All this found on the Internet. I honestly am amazed the cave men ever made it. Oh yeah... Nm they didn't.

Lol ..... I feel better wearing it so I do. However.... Proper field craft goes a lot farther than fashion.


Well, anyone with ANY fashion sense knows you have to go out in style...don't think that just because they're wild animals that the deer don't know their fashion.

I heard that spandiflage and all-leather boots are in and Lindsay Lohan is coming out with a new scent. I can't wait!!!

packmule
03-21-2013, 03:46 PM
Hell the only reason I wear camo is so that the other hunters can't see me and know where all my secret spots are!!!!:cool:

True story!

Camo really doesn't matter as much as being still and taking a bath. Unless of course you are down here hunting some of the exotics that can actually see color.

tttoadman
04-29-2013, 04:09 PM
I know this is an old thread, but this made me laugh. I wear camo because you can only find bibs in camo, and I always wear bibs. Also because I am cool. I even wear camo when i fish from a boat. I can't think of how many times I have seen stray trees cruizing up and down the river, so i want to cover every possibility.

my closest encounter. sitting in a lawn chair on my little stand at my parents place during elk season. red hat, black ski bibs, blue chair. I had a buck walk up from the bottom of the draw straight at me. he just kept getting closer. by the time he actually saw me sitting there, he was about 10 feet from me. the comical part was that i had to turn my 300 zoom lense back in with my finger to get his head in the picture. when I clicked the camera, he jumped out of his shorts and that was the end of that.

tttoadman
04-29-2013, 04:14 PM
in all seriousness, my brother normally hunts in blue jeans and a giant peach colored sweatshirt. He has been out-hunting me since we were 12. He is living proof that the approach and stealth is everything. When we are hot on it, I just keep my mouth shut and do what he says.