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Beard or no beard for concealment
Heading on first elk hunt in 2 weeks. Thinking of beard for concealment what say you guys? More hair more scent?
More hair more scent, beard breaks up your face, beards can screw with arrow flight, beards look cool, strings rip beards outta your face. Pros and cons to everything.
I grow mine for hunting season, not for concealment, or warmth, or any real practical reason... except that then my face doesn’t itch like hell when I don’t shave it for 8-9 days:)
Beard because....do you really need a reason?
Hockey players are very superstitious. How many grow beards when they reach the playoffs? I think bow hunters are more superstitious then hockey players. GO WINGS!
Beard because I’ve had one since kindergarten. Oh wait, they didn’t have kindergarten when I was little. Must have been first grade......
I’m going with the clean shaven look this year, for the first time ever. It’s gotten to the point the only concealment my beard would provide is when it snows.
Rob....I resemble that remark.......dammit
I go goatee
Did you go to Jethro Bodine Middle School, drycreek? If so, I’ll bet yer good at ciphering and gozindas!
If you can grow a beard in 2 weeks that can hold odor or get caught in your bow string God bless you. The most I can hope for is a heavy stubble.
Beard all year long...unfortunately it's more gray than anything else!
I don't shave during elk season.
I haven’t been clean shaven since about 2012. Beard for me.
Franklin I’m like you I’m 2 weeks in with heavy stubble and might be able to catch in bowstring after a month when season starts!
Troy, I’ll just say this, the school I went to had two grades in one room
I’m new to this elk hunting stuff. So you guys are telling me I have to shave everywhere BUT my face?
Beard. It is my game face. Not much camo anymore.
Beard. Scent don’t matter when elk hunting. You’ll stink after a few days in the backcountry regardless of what’s on your face.
What svrelk said...I hate shaving too. I don’t think i even own a razor anymore.
Beard. Is that really a question???
If your success is based on whether you have a beard or not, god help you.
I haven't shaved since 1985 so, beard.
Light beard for me but that’s because the ladies like it ...elk could care less
Less hair the better for me. Hair holds scent. I’ve been killing animals with a bow with a shiny “baby face” for years
If you shave your face for scent purposes, you should also shave your head
Brotsky gets it!
Cnelk, some of us don’t have to shave that much on top any more...
I really don’t like growing my beard out these days.
Shiny white face can be covered with camo paint but that color of my beard these days is hard on a guy’s self esteem...
Hunt every day like you’re taking hero shots! ;)
Yep, my face is the only place that's "unshaven" ;^)
Jeff-Nose and ear hair trimmed? Never mind. I don't want details! LOL!
I dont shave my face, but do shave my neck.
Young guys will have this to look forward to :)
Fortunately, my "beard" grows in with a big blank spot where my string would contact my face, so I don't have to worry about that.
Growing a patchy red/gray/blond "beard" is just a good way to annoy my wife. So . . . . maybe I should start another one :)
Beard, because I can't. My beard makes me look like a hormonal Amish teenager, and if I grow only a mustache my wife says I look like a creep...
Beards are good for storing stuff for later, sometimes even ice. ;)
With a face as handsome as mine it's a shame to cover it!
T-Roy, any chance you can grow two beards? ;)
Beard, women like a thigh burner.
Mountain season is beard season!
I grow a beard/goatee all the time. I just trim it down while in the warmer/hot months. I shaved all of my facial hair off about 7 years ago. Made it even harder to look at myself in the mirror. That ain't happening again.
Seems lately that if I grow my beard out it would only work for added concealment in a snow storm!
When your bald and ugly. Beards are a great thing. I know from experience.
I grow a beard because I'm not a woman or a child.
I’ve had a beard since 1981. It’s mostly gray now but doesn’t mess with my hunting.
It's just part of me. Nothing to do with hunting.
Not really concealment but gotta be what I gotta be
I'd go beard, but it's going to have to snow, for it to do any good...Haaaa!
Yep, I always rock the goatee year round. I’m like Embry in the fact I totally shaved my face one time and the dam dog didn’t even recognize me. Won’t do that again.
ESP. The worst part is being bald and ugly but can’t really grow a full beard. The goatee is strong but the chops are like Joe Dirt!
Thinking about taking the beard down a bit to really emphasize the muff duster.. if the elk don't like it, at least my wife will.
Beard. I used to be just "The Bald Guy"..... NOW.... I'm the "Bald Guy with the Beard"
Let em grow down into the chest hair for a fuller effect.....
If you're worried about beard smell on an elk hunt.... I'm not familiar with that kind of elk hunt. The ones I know are the ones you turn your skivvies inside out to get another couple days out of em.....
Better yet, maybe you can find an elk piss beard balm and not have to pin that silly wafer to your hat. Personally I like the Honest Amish beard balm/oil scent.... you know what the ladies say.... once you go Amish you never go back.....
TD, I see you use the same technique with your shirts. Or you just waking from a bender?
OMG I can't unsee that.............
Joey- I don't care who you are, that is funny! (TD fell into that one!) I wonder if he walked home carrying his underwear?
Joey, had to do that morning with a rattle can of paint and a broken stem/nozzle that somebody dropped and put back on the shelf...... but same basic theory as the skivvies.... =D
The goatee is not that strong Lung$hot........ Sorry.
I grow a "Joe Dirt" type thing on my face year round.
I'm appalled at the number of selfies posted.
I’ve heard of what type of broadhead to shoot for an elk, and or how heavy an arrow, and stuff like, moon phases best to hunt, etc....
But should a person grow a beard or not, that tops it all...
Don’t forget to be sure your sock color matches for under garments, lol.
Elk are touchy to color.
Having some fun... just hunt!
Tobpitbull, Obviously you haven't seen the "how to tie your boots for an elk hunt" thread. Hopefully, Newberg can roll up boot tying, shaving, toenail grooming and sack waxing all into one podcast.