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Question by dukerjj. Uploaded on February 04, 2009
Realtree and Mossy Oak have good patterns. No matter who made the cammo you need to make sure that the colors match your surroundings. For instance a patten with lots of green will be out of place in the dead gray woods of winter.
I don't think scent lock is worth the money (my opinion)
I really like realtree
The old timers in the woods went out there in their flannel shirts/coats and did just as well! Deer can't see color (well, according to a study they can see blue) you need to break up your pattern, I buy whatever is on sale and I cleaned out Walmart after the season was over, I put on whatever camo gear I buy and don't worry if my shirt matches my pants or head cover, as long as my human profile is broken up.
I don't look pretty but you can't see me when I am in the bush or in my stand!
Also regarding scent, it depends on the area you are hunting, if you are in a heavy residential area then human scent is not as a problem vs. rural areas where human scent is rare.
I buy whatever scent remover and scent laundry product that is on sale, I avoid the liquid carbon sprays as they stain skin and clothes, I also put my clothes in a plastic bin (Walmart) with cedar shavings in a mesh bag (Walmart), FYI, if you don't have cedar trees where you are hunting then a cedar scent will tip deer off, so match the cover scent with your surroundings, (why scouting is important) i.e. pine shavings for pine areas, acorn etc.... this is a few bucks to do..
All this will only reduce not eliminate your human scent, remember you are breathing and sweating, so unless you are in a NASA suit/camo gear some scent will escape, so wind directions is paramount for your hunt.. I've had deer within 5 yrds of me when the wind was in my favor and I was in plain clothes on a scout.. So, buy after season (like now) and look at the clearance racks, you’ll save tons of $$$.
For example yesterday, I was in Cabela’s Bargain Cave in Conn, they just put their insulated camo gear bibs on sale, marked down from $60 bucks to $24 with a 30% sale, so I picked them up for under $17!
All good posts. I agree that you can buy the so called cheaper camo, but I am a believer in scent control. I have a scent lock suit and it has proven itself in the past, as far as you breathing and your hair etc...get a head mask.
You will never fool them 100%, but you can have fun trying.
i prefer realtree and i dont got enough money to buy sent lok stuff so i just use cover scents or doe in estrous (that takes their minds off me) and i dont buy walmart brand camo cause it dont look real.
i prefer realtree and i don't got enough money to buy sent lok stuff so i just use cover scents or doe in estrous (that takes their minds off me) and i dont buy walmart brand camo cause it dont look real.
I like Mossy Oak the best, but im giving Realtree AP HD a chance. And you dont need to buy expensive suits, just buy scent killer and spray your clothes the night before and your good.
I wear a 3d leafy suit and it works great. Had an old doe look up at me from 10 feet and never had a clue. I don't trust the scent stuff. Think it is for making other dudes rich when you buy it. Hunt into the wind is my policy and it works.
As someone who has been teaching people to camo up for 15 years there is some great info here. Just use camo prinicples already mentioned.
1. Blend into the colors around you, whatever they may be.
2. Break up your human body outline. This idea is where the Scottish Gillies came up with their now famous suit.
3. Get rid of your scent as much as possible. I don't smoke and drink more water than coffee to rid myself of that scent and don't eat anything heavily spiced with garlic or onion as that will soak out through your pores. Use non-scented detergent and rinse your gear in plain water. Also no dryer sheets, just dry them.
4. USE NATURAL CAMO!!! You can take tan or khaki colored clothes and use mud, dirt, charcoal, sod, anything natural. Not only does it camo you up but it helps you get rid of the scents you carry. You now smell like the woods you are in. I stress this tremendously to fliers who are in a plain green or tan flight suit.
I have not had any experience with the Scent Lok stuff so I can't say either way.
Take care and God bless,
I agree with "Koeka". You don't need all the fancy expensive hunting gear. I wear wool pants (green or gray) and a buffalo plaid wool shirt/jacket and a pair of Lacrosse "swampers". Even when wool gets wet, it will still keep you warm. I don't bring my hunting clothes in the house, I hang them in my wood shed. With a little effort you won't have any problem with scent. Oh, by the way, I fill my tags every year!!
I personally like advantage timber for fall deer hunts. Late season deer I like realtree hardwoods. Mossy oak for spring turkey, and advantage max4 for duck hunting on water.
I have not tried scentlok. all my hunting friends get deer without scentlok, and I like buying the walmart camo if it is on sale or is given to me.
I like Realtree APG, but mossy oak' obsession and brush paterns are good to. I've never tried scentlok so I can't tell you about that.
cannot buy all the hoopla about scentlok. learning to hunt with the wind is just good woodsmanship. living in the west, i like the prairie ghost pattern from several years ago and the cabelas open country stuff.
to reiterate how important the wind is, i came home late one evening last fall and a couple of deer were walking down the sidewalk towards the house. i stepped into the shadows and waited to see how close they'd come. one got within five yards of me before winding me. and i was smoking a cigar.
Its all about the realtree ap hd i never got scentlok b/c its to pricey. No one around me uses it and we all get game so i dont think you do need it.
anything that breaks up your outline
No one has mentioned ASAT. The ASAT stuff is pretty amazing. Go to their website and check it out, you cant even see the guys in the photos. Everyone that uses it swears by it. I personally just own Realtree and Mossy Oak. Its a personal preference thing, and the only thing that really matters is that the deer cant see you.
Personally I think that the more expensive camo you get for the most part it's durable, waterproof or breathable, and scent locking. It all depends on what your looking for. I personally don't use a lot of camo besides a camo cabelas sweatshirt I bought at their store, but it has worked perfect for hunting Western Montana.
I have never used any scent locking suits. I have however used camo from Walmart, Mossy-oak from up-scale retailers and even army surplus woodland camo with excellent results from all. I will say that the cheaper stuff seems to fade a bit quicker than the higher end products.
Although it is pricey, I have had great success with Scent Lok.
i think any good camo pattern works as long as it blends with the background! scent lok is over priced, my buddy used it and it has to be recharged and thats not easy i guess, i think if you use a good pattern and goos scent eliminator you will be fine!
I always used Realtree AP everytime and I have great success with it!!!
The best I've ever found is Optifade by gore, yes it's the most expensive but also the best quality and designed gear I've seen to.
It comes in 3 different patterns so there is one for every outdoor use.
Their site has tons of videos and comments from users so its better to just go there then to explain it all here.
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