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    Hunting Camouflage?

    Guys... I have resisted for many years the purchase of commercial hunting camouflage like RealTree or Mossy Oak. I need some help picking a pattern that will work for my locale. My first day of dove season proved that. Didn't do bad but the dove were pulling up just in range without me moving a muscle. I have always used what I could get on the surplus market. Woodland, O.D. and other earth colors were the norm. This year, I want to step up my game. I have always taken hunting seriously but I am spending more time in the field and less on the PC or in front of the TV. Spent all of the hunting off-season pursuing fish of all kinds from ocean to pond. Upgrade my old fishing gear to some of the newer stuff as I had not purchased new gear (Other than lures, hooks, etc.) in 20 years and the reels and rods were getting a bit worn out. Now... on to the hunt... so to speak. I hunt everything here and still use the surplus BDU stuff for rifle season deer as Blaze Orange over top of it somewhere is a requirement so the need is a bit less and I big game from a tree stand. So I have stuff for rifle and bow deer and other "woods" creatures and a bit for ducks/geese. I am looking for something for upland bird...dove and quail mainly... as I hunt a mix of open fields of cut millet, corn, wheat, but try to keep in a patch near the edge of the wood or against a large round bail of hay. It's hot here during the beginning of dove season so warmth is not a problem. Any place on the net that will help me pick what i need or any recommendations? The commercial camo maker sites are not much help. They just want to sell their stuff and most of the ads say "works most places". I call BS on that so I need some help from you with the experience using the commercial stuff.
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    I can see me dressed like that for birds. Trying to go cheap and low bulk but I like the "cousin it" thing. I guess I'll just do the "shirt/pants/hat/gloves/veil" thing, though.
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    most animals are colorblind. any thing with a pattern that breaks up your outline should work. i like the desert camo, myself. its got a pattern to break up your outline, and 3 shades of brown, ive found, works damn near anywhere i go. through fields of grass/wheat, even in the spring, ive never found green to blend in, the canopy may turn green, but everything on the forest floor is still brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deth502 View Post
    most animals are colorblind. any thing with a pattern that breaks up your outline should work. i like the desert camo, myself. its got a pattern to break up your outline, and 3 shades of brown, ive found, works damn near anywhere i go. through fields of grass/wheat, even in the spring, ive never found green to blend in, the canopy may turn green, but everything on the forest floor is still brown.
    Dove have very sharp eyes and can pick out major differences in contrasts. Been slowly admitting that surplus camo does not work. Sux!
    Yeah... just trying to get away from the surplus stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoff12 View Post
    Dove have very sharp eyes and can pick out major differences in contrasts. Been slowly admitting that surplus camo does not work. Sux!

    Yeah... just trying to get away from the surplus stuff.
    then a ghillie is is.
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    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=873650
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    Hahahahaha.... ya'll really pushing the "hairy" look. 1st day of dove season here was like 90 degrees. I'd roast in that thing.
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    Actually... I am considering that and the multicam stuff. Not sure which is best for my area and that provides another problem. CAN'T know unless I buy some.
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    Can't find appropriate camo for areas I trek either

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoff12 View Post
    Guys... I am looking for something for upland bird...dove and quail mainly... as I hunt a mix of open fields of cut millet, corn, wheat, but try to keep in a patch near the edge of the wood or against a large round bail of hay. ... The commercial camo maker sites are not much help.
    Me too, I can't find camo appropriate for my area, which is large exposed SW deserts and low foothills. There are few plants, and looking like moving rock captures the attention of everything with eyes. I recently posted about news of the discovery of an algorithm that creates "habitat-optimal camouflage." Based on the press release Im hopeful good camo to use in such places is coming for me at least, because there are a variety of the right type of animals (reptiles) in the habitats I trek. Hope you find something that works for you.

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    For cheap you can sometimes find real tree jackets and what not on discount.

    That stuff is pretty subdued. Lots of blah looking browns, greys and a touch of realy de-saturated greens. Blends into just about any foliage.

    I found a nice warm hooded levis jacket, lined with fake lams wool all over the inside for like $25 once! Some silicone water repellent spray on that, some real woold layers underneath you'd be GTG!

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    goodwill and thrift shops are filling up with this stuff since everyone wants the 'newest' thing.


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    That is what I have in the east Texas piney woods. East German Flectarn pattern. Seems to work pretty well.
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    That is what I have in the east Texas piney woods. East German Flectarn pattern. Seems to work pretty well.

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