Do you camo patterns match or does it not even matter?
Do you camo patterns match or does it not even matter? Field & Stream Online Editors

I don’t do redneck often, but my turkey gun is an exception. It’s an 870 Super Mag with a Mossy Oak Break-Up stock. The rest is well-worn Realtree APG camo. To top it off, the sling is Avery KW-1, a camo pattern meant for waterfowl hunting.

Which brings up the question: Does your camo match? Since the parts of my gun don’t even match, I’m going to have to admit my camo doesn’t match very often. Some people, however, are obsessive about having everything in the latest pattern, and all of it the same.

There’s no harm in either approach, but I’m not sure there’s much advantage, either. Some people believe that, say, for turkey hunting, your pants should match the ground while your shirt should match the bark of the tree you’re sitting against. Looking at this picture from a couple of years ago again, I realize I have done that inadvertently here, by wearing faded pants that happened to match the ground I wound up hunting, while grabbing a waterproof fleece jacket on my way out the door because it was a cold, drizzly day.

I am holding a turkey, so maybe there’s something to the pants-match-the-ground, shirt-matches-the-tree theory, but I don’t think so, though. Sitting still hides you better than any camo pattern can, although in some specific instances (hiding layout blinds in picked beanfields, for instance) I do believe camo color matters. I also believe most patterns are too dark and look like a solid color from more than about 20 yards away.

Since we don’t really know how animals interpret camo patterns, all we have are theories, and I’m interested to hear yours. Does your camo have to match? Do you prefer the more haphazard look I’m modeling here? How many different patterns do you have for different purposes and how much does camo really matter?