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I often see people on here saying that camo is pointless because you have to wear blaze orange over it. Do they just not realize that there are SEVERAL hunting applications where blaze orange is not needed? ie. Bowhunting, duck hunting, predator hunting, just to name a few.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Last time I looked it up, Texas DOES NOT require "blaze orange" on private land!

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from Carl Huber wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Long story short; Deer are diagrammatic, we are trichromatic. We see the red spectrum they do not, its gray. They do have big eyes slow to adjust to changes in light and pick up movement in shadows. Comes the saying like a "deer in the headlights". Great for animals that want to eat you. Bad for highway crossing at night. If you doubt me. Ask your "hunting buddy"; what color is the top traffic light? If he says gray you might remember to say here I am a few times.

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from country road wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

You are certainly correct. I'd never go after a spring gobbler wearing any blaze orange, but it really doesn't seem to matter when hunting whitetails as long as you keep still.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Last time I checked, Texas still does not require "Blaze Orange" on private property! My state requires it whether you're on public OR private property! Except in "archery" only seasons.
It's not that they "don't" realize it. It's just that "deer" hunting is THE most popular U.S. "gun" sport! I've had deer within single digit yardages wearing blaze orange. Had the deer been able to see "Blaze Orange", they would have HAD to see me!
I just don't like the whole world seeing where I am and what I'm doing!

Bubba

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from bjohnston wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Bubba, put that sandwich down and take out the trash like your just asked you to do!

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

My blaze orange has a camo pattern. I want the trichromatic humanoids to be aware of me and not send any lead my way. The landscape I traverse while spot and stalk hunting changes from sage brush to grass to timber to rock and as far as I know Cabela's is not selling the alien camo from the movie"Predator" yet. For waterfowl the background is white snow so the best goose hunting "camo" for me is a white bed sheet.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

ive come to find if your are standing not near a tree or brush, whether your in the woods or an open field, and not wearing camo, the deer will c you no matter what. so it helps when you get caught in the open. if im wearing an orange vest and leaning against a tree ive had them pay no attention to me and walk literally within petting distance. as long as your leaning on a tree or up against brush they dont seem to pay much attention if you dont move and they cant smell you

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from captaind77 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Camo really isn't that important when you're chasing whitetails, not at all. I've killed more deer in tan Carhartt coveralls than anything else, and I mainly hunt in hardwoods, leaning against the base of a tree. Breaking up your silhouette is the most important thing you can do. Your human shape is what the deer identify mostly, not the colors you're wearing. I will say, a facemask is usually a good idea, especially if you're bowhunting or within close range. They seem to be able to see your face shining. But I don't think having state of the art camo is anywhere near as important as sitting against something that hides your outline and sitting still.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

In Colorado you have to wear camo for all rifle seasons no matter where you are. I still wear camo pants. Its usually my old desart fatiges. For one they are comfortable. But I still have the orange vest and hat. I don't know if it helps or not, but can't mess with success.

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

In Colorado you have to wear camo for all rifle seasons? I live in CO too and I've never heard that one. Did you mean you have to wear orange for all rifle seasons?

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

When I Hunted NY/State land we all had Blaze or Blaze Camo even on private land back in the late 60s state Law?..In Fl. Blaze only on state land for "all" fire arm, season not Bow Season.

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from CoBowHunter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I have to agree. A solid orange vest will not provide any break-up and will be easier for big game to spot. Camo couldn't hurt though. Camo will not help you if you are moving. You still have to worry about movement, your smell, and noise as a hunter. I have had elk come right up on me to 10 feet several times and not see me when in full camo and face paint. I was perfectly still, my sent was covered or eliminated, and I was making no noise. If I had an orange vest on and I was doing all the same things, my guess is the elk would not have seen me either because I was still. Same goes for deer. They are all color blind...as well.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Even if I wore orange in my blind, it wouldn't make a difference. Of course I fall under the "Texas private land" rules though.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

its all about breaking your outline up the darker patterns in camo can give alittle more room for error when brushing in your stands that said i set up a brush pile blind for gun season and could have shot a deer attempting to eat off of the pile as i was in it wearing blaze orange so its really a small tool in the grand scheme of things.

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from shane wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I know who you mean. Seen him say it before. Doesn't seem to realize a few things. Not everyone can see outside of their "box".

It's true that you can pull off any sort of hunting without camo, but it sure helps in a lot of cases.

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from rickyno5 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Shane, I'm sure you do know who I'm talking about as it seems it's a pretty common theme. And yes to all, if you're completely brushed in, or concealed by a blind, or sitting against a tree camo isn't as important. But when you're spot and stalk hunting, or still hunting or just hiking into your spot and get caught in the open by a bull elk or anything for that matter, you'll sure be glad that your camo pattern blends well. Nothing is certain in hunting, so be prepared for anything...including getting caught in the open.

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from Carl Huber wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Long story short; Deer are diagrammatic, we are trichromatic. We see the red spectrum they do not, its gray. They do have big eyes slow to adjust to changes in light and pick up movement in shadows. Comes the saying like a "deer in the headlights". Great for animals that want to eat you. Bad for highway crossing at night. If you doubt me. Ask your "hunting buddy"; what color is the top traffic light? If he says gray you might remember to say here I am a few times.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Last time I checked, Texas still does not require "Blaze Orange" on private property! My state requires it whether you're on public OR private property! Except in "archery" only seasons.
It's not that they "don't" realize it. It's just that "deer" hunting is THE most popular U.S. "gun" sport! I've had deer within single digit yardages wearing blaze orange. Had the deer been able to see "Blaze Orange", they would have HAD to see me!
I just don't like the whole world seeing where I am and what I'm doing!

Bubba

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

My blaze orange has a camo pattern. I want the trichromatic humanoids to be aware of me and not send any lead my way. The landscape I traverse while spot and stalk hunting changes from sage brush to grass to timber to rock and as far as I know Cabela's is not selling the alien camo from the movie"Predator" yet. For waterfowl the background is white snow so the best goose hunting "camo" for me is a white bed sheet.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Last time I looked it up, Texas DOES NOT require "blaze orange" on private land!

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from country road wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

You are certainly correct. I'd never go after a spring gobbler wearing any blaze orange, but it really doesn't seem to matter when hunting whitetails as long as you keep still.

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from bjohnston wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Bubba, put that sandwich down and take out the trash like your just asked you to do!

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from CoBowHunter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I have to agree. A solid orange vest will not provide any break-up and will be easier for big game to spot. Camo couldn't hurt though. Camo will not help you if you are moving. You still have to worry about movement, your smell, and noise as a hunter. I have had elk come right up on me to 10 feet several times and not see me when in full camo and face paint. I was perfectly still, my sent was covered or eliminated, and I was making no noise. If I had an orange vest on and I was doing all the same things, my guess is the elk would not have seen me either because I was still. Same goes for deer. They are all color blind...as well.

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from rickyno5 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Shane, I'm sure you do know who I'm talking about as it seems it's a pretty common theme. And yes to all, if you're completely brushed in, or concealed by a blind, or sitting against a tree camo isn't as important. But when you're spot and stalk hunting, or still hunting or just hiking into your spot and get caught in the open by a bull elk or anything for that matter, you'll sure be glad that your camo pattern blends well. Nothing is certain in hunting, so be prepared for anything...including getting caught in the open.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

ive come to find if your are standing not near a tree or brush, whether your in the woods or an open field, and not wearing camo, the deer will c you no matter what. so it helps when you get caught in the open. if im wearing an orange vest and leaning against a tree ive had them pay no attention to me and walk literally within petting distance. as long as your leaning on a tree or up against brush they dont seem to pay much attention if you dont move and they cant smell you

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from captaind77 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Camo really isn't that important when you're chasing whitetails, not at all. I've killed more deer in tan Carhartt coveralls than anything else, and I mainly hunt in hardwoods, leaning against the base of a tree. Breaking up your silhouette is the most important thing you can do. Your human shape is what the deer identify mostly, not the colors you're wearing. I will say, a facemask is usually a good idea, especially if you're bowhunting or within close range. They seem to be able to see your face shining. But I don't think having state of the art camo is anywhere near as important as sitting against something that hides your outline and sitting still.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

In Colorado you have to wear camo for all rifle seasons no matter where you are. I still wear camo pants. Its usually my old desart fatiges. For one they are comfortable. But I still have the orange vest and hat. I don't know if it helps or not, but can't mess with success.

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

In Colorado you have to wear camo for all rifle seasons? I live in CO too and I've never heard that one. Did you mean you have to wear orange for all rifle seasons?

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

When I Hunted NY/State land we all had Blaze or Blaze Camo even on private land back in the late 60s state Law?..In Fl. Blaze only on state land for "all" fire arm, season not Bow Season.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Even if I wore orange in my blind, it wouldn't make a difference. Of course I fall under the "Texas private land" rules though.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

its all about breaking your outline up the darker patterns in camo can give alittle more room for error when brushing in your stands that said i set up a brush pile blind for gun season and could have shot a deer attempting to eat off of the pile as i was in it wearing blaze orange so its really a small tool in the grand scheme of things.

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from shane wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I know who you mean. Seen him say it before. Doesn't seem to realize a few things. Not everyone can see outside of their "box".

It's true that you can pull off any sort of hunting without camo, but it sure helps in a lot of cases.

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