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    Camo clothing necessary for rifle hunting?

    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...

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    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.

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    No.

    For bowhunting, nope either.

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

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    Wear whatcha got and are comfortable in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Bailey View Post
    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.
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    Ditto all the above. Quiet is to please me, so I can hear.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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