Camo don't match
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Jack Whitmrie jr 29-Aug-21
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29-Aug-21
I was talking to a young guy at our local Cabelas and said I sometimes where predator camo pants and maybe first lite top and he freaked out. Said he wouldn't go in the woods if camo didn't match, I had to laugh.

From: Bou'bound
29-Aug-21
The mismatched is better

From: LUNG$HOT
29-Aug-21
Is he posing for the cover of Sears and Roebuck?

29-Aug-21
Doesn’t matter whether it’s Cabelas, the local archery range, or Internet forums. It’s always easy to differentiate between those whose opinions are based on actual experience and those whose opinions are based on tv, videos, books, a friend of a friend of a second cousin’s brother-in-law, etc.

29-Aug-21
....and he was probably wearing a hot pink g-string under his work attire!

From: TGbow
29-Aug-21
Lol..I think some people dont realize we are trying to fool the animals eyes and not people's

From: Woods Walker
29-Aug-21
LOL! Definitely a SMH moment! A few years ago my wife and I stopped at the local Mc D's drive thru one Sunday morning, and I ordered her an egg Mc Muffin. She doesn't like Canadian bacon, so I told the girl on the speaker..."with no meat". She replied that...."It doesn't come with meat, it comes with Canadian bacon"......!!!!!!!

She must be the Cabela's guy's sister!

What really made me shake my head with her, was the fact that this particular Mc D's is located in a town where the biggest building in it is the grain elevator!

From: Knife2sharp
29-Aug-21
You can't get sponsored unless your camo matches. Doesn't everyone know that?

From: Stix
29-Aug-21
I guess all the animals I killed in my jeans and t-shirts were an illusion.

From: DanaC
29-Aug-21
Show him pictures of WW2 GI camo, and 'Tiger Stripe', ASAT and the original Trebark (tm). Winona camo too. Bet he thinks they never worked!

From: Jaquomo
29-Aug-21
Bowhunting has become a fashion show for the Instagram/YouTube generation.

From: Mark S
29-Aug-21
I like camo but not convinced it matters much. I try to find non camo hunting clothes so I can get more use out of them

From: Dale06
29-Aug-21
Novembermadman above nailed it.

From: TGbow
29-Aug-21
i think anything that breaks up your outline will work. I hunt a lot in natural vround blinds so I mainly worry about from the waist up. I do wear a ghillie type head covering that breaks up my head n shoulder outline.

From: Pop-r
29-Aug-21
I had an uncle who is now passed that killed more turkeys than any of us ever will by a long ways in a bright blue & white flannel shirt.

From: t-roy
29-Aug-21
All Sitka all the time….unless I happen to be wearing some Kuiu , with some First Lite base layers underneath, and a Mossy Oak leafy jacket over the top of all of it.

From: cnelk
29-Aug-21
Man, one of these years I’m gonna give away a $100 gift certificate for a non camo kill photo contest.

Just to show it can be done

From: LBshooter
29-Aug-21
Well his inexperience was glowing, he'll learn.

From: BOHNTR
29-Aug-21
I wear Kuiu pants with a Sitka vest…….blasphemy!

30-Aug-21
This guy has killed some real nice deer and a great guy/family man. But he is the new generation and tickled me when he said it.

From: Woods Walker
30-Aug-21
When I first started bowhunting I was 100% camo, 100% of the time. It was WW2 camo, but camo none the less. I mean, I even wore camo UNDERWEAR!

Then one day during gun season I was hunting the same farm that I bowhunted on, and I was wearing blaze orange upper garments and hat, as per the state regulations. I was sitting on the same log that I had sat on the last time I bowhunted there. I heard a sound and froze, and a deer walked right by me at 15 yards and didn't even notice me. Granted, I was in heavy cover and my outline was broken up, but the fact remained that in this circumstance the blaze orange worked just as well as the camo.

It was after this incident that I began to go...Hmmmm...when it came to camo. In the years since then, I've learned that much of a hunter's "camo" is mental, and a good part of that is just having the confidence that you "blend in" and you DON'T MOVE! That's 90% of it!

From: LINK
30-Aug-21

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Tell him too wear solids and really blow his mind. My daughter got a doe on this hunt. No face masks and solid colored pants. When the temp drops I like to wear a camel colored Carhart vest.

From: Bowboy
30-Aug-21
I thought I all you guys just wore a lion cloth when hunting:)

30-Aug-21

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My camo and first elk. Guess it would not work today???
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My camo and first elk. Guess it would not work today???

From: PECO
30-Aug-21
"I thought I all you guys just wore a lion cloth when hunting:)"

You are on bowsite, not leatherwall.

From: cnelk
30-Aug-21
2019 - Kuiu hat, Sitka jacket, solid color Wrangler pants

From: PECO
30-Aug-21
If the guy wants to wear matching camo, good for him. It is the guys who prance around in the latest Game Changing Camo that have issues. Stop it I'm not telling anyone how to or care how they spend their money. It's my opinion you don't need hundreds of dollars of the newest camo every year to be successful. It is my opinion camo pattern is not a "game changer."

From: M.Pauls
30-Aug-21
It’s gotten to the point for me where if I notice I’m matching, especially head to toe matching I’ll sometimes reach and grab something else, just out of fear I’ll be seen and be lumped in with some of these poster boys. I shouldn’t be bothered by what people think I know, but somehow it just gets to me. I prefer to not “match”

From: Stringwacker
30-Aug-21
Years ago, I went hunting with a Outdoor TV crew on an antelope hunt. When it was time for us to take pictures and footage, I had to get out of view as my top and bottom camo didn't match:) They said I 'clashed'

30-Aug-21
It doesn't matter to me whether they match or not , I just found it funny.

From: Stix
30-Aug-21
The camo army has deep pocket $ but shallow brains, and the camo mfgs know it.

From: Basil
30-Aug-21
I definitely think some patterns are better than others but freaking over mismatched outfits is over the top. I keep buying new stuff because the warmth, function, waterproofing & durability has improved by light years. As a kid hunting all I can remember was being cold & wet.

From: DanaC
30-Aug-21
Hard to believe that guys used to shoot deer with a bow, while wearing jungle camo jackets and dark green wool pants. (The elite guys wore the gray pants with the red and green plaid...)

From: 76aggie
30-Aug-21

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No camo at all except for my cap.

30-Aug-21
Never hunted in the '50s, up through to the present with full camo on. Sometimes something to break up head/face. Have had hundreds of caribou pass within a few feet of myself and occasionally a client and we simply hunted the wind. Today just use a bit of nose hammer and have no trouble with deer passing very near....wind.

From: Basil
30-Aug-21
First elk I ever shot was in a red, white & blue ski sweater. Elk didn’t seem to care. Only thing I had that was dry. Don’t hang your clothes outside when you crawl in the tent

30-Aug-21
My many bear hunts have mostly been in natural cover on the ground. My outfitter of over twenty years stresses scent, wind, and sit still!! Such has worked out well for our bear group.

From: t-roy
30-Aug-21

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I can’t believe I didn’t get busted with this combo…..Still haven’t gotten a call from Sitka, Kuiu, or Scheels to be on one their their pro staffs, though :-(

From: TGbow
30-Aug-21
If you think about animals in the woods, like deer, its amazing how they can disapear in the woods. I think wearing material that defuses light is a big part of it. Honestly, Im just too cheap ..I but what ever is cheap but will blend me in..lol

30-Aug-21
Matching camo is important only to sponsors (and "sponsor whores...!")

Pete

From: Djl
30-Aug-21

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First deer with bow 3 yard shot on the ground with exactly what you see in the picture. You don't need no stinking camo. LOL

From: Basil
30-Aug-21
First elk I ever shot was in a red, white & blue ski sweater. Elk didn’t seem to care. Only thing I had that was dry. Don’t hang your clothes outside when you crawl in the tent

From: Jethro
30-Aug-21
Mistmatched camo is in. Matching camo is so old fashioned. Want to be high society, throw in a solid or 2.

From: yellow eye
30-Aug-21
I bet his string colors match his fletching's. The commercial programing has been successful

From: Supernaut
30-Aug-21

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This is my first buck with a bow when I was 14, 1986. Shot him on the ground at 4 yards.

I thought this T-shirt was the best camo in the world and it was all I had. I had blue jeans on for bottoms. It worked.

My dad wasn't much of a photographer as is evidence by the dopey look on my face. Great memory, crappy pic LOL.

From: Will
30-Aug-21
Oh no, those days I have ASAT leafy and predator on... or a solid... I best not do that.

:)

Glad to see many folks mix and match as well.

From: wytex
30-Aug-21
KOM and Core4element for me. Miss that mountain mimicry pattern .

From: Swampbuck
30-Aug-21
My grandfather always wore flannels and never had any issues knocking down game. Go figure, heck I have camo so old it’s practically white and damn comfortable. The deer and hogs don’t seem to mind

From: Jaquomo
30-Aug-21
T-Roy, Sitka gave me a hat so I couldn't say I don't own any Sitka...

From: 12yards
30-Aug-21

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My favorite early to mid season camo is Cabelas Legacy Fleece. I've had it for a long time. When I bought the jacket and vest, they didn't have the pants in the same camo pattern. So I bought it anyways. Jacket matches the vest.

From: TGbow
30-Aug-21
ive hunted on the ground 90% of the time for last 45 yrs..I wear a ghillie type head cover but Im thinkin seriously about tne ASAT leafy suit. Too hot in LA ( lower Alabama) for a ghillie

From: bigswivle
30-Aug-21
I’ll be in shorts, crocs and a light poly t shirt for opening morning(and two thermacells)

From: jdbbowhunter
30-Aug-21
Camo is for hunters!

From: Swampbuck
30-Aug-21
Damn straight bigs!!

From: sitO
30-Aug-21
In my day we didn't have hair dryers, if you wanted to blow-dry your hair, you had to step outside in the middle of a hurricane! You would get your hair dried but you would also get a sharp piece of wood driven clean through your skull--'Look, I'm a human head kebab!'--that's the way it was and we liked it

From: Bake
31-Aug-21
Solids are definitely in. And I think some companies are realizing it. Seems like Kuiu sends me an email every day that some piece of clothing now comes in solids. This morning it was new colors in Attack Pants. . . . I love the clothes, and prefer the solids anymore. Even though I'll still buy camo tops from time to time.

The only matching camo I now own is my Sitka Incinerator bibs and Fanatic coat (and my old (and my old Sitka Fanatic in green forest camo). and I WISH WISH WISH they came in some neutral brown color. HEY SITKA!!!!! SOLIDS are IN!!!! Make stuff in BROWN!!

From: Ken Taylor
31-Aug-21
Another ridiculous example of what we face.

I guess it's us (down to earth logical hunters) that don't blend in... with this "new society" that is.

From: 12yards
31-Aug-21
I have no idea where that photo came from! LOL!

31-Aug-21
My camo matches. I upgraded all all my clothes to Kings this year and just got everything but one pair of pants(brown) in Realtree edge. I like camo but I’m well aware that it really doesn’t make that much of a difference if at all.

From: sheds
01-Sep-21

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Matching camo WTH is that, I love the looks I get from the perfectly matched camo guys.

From: Quick Draw 1
01-Sep-21

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This is a big joke around here with my hunting buddies. I REFUSE to dress in all matching. I'm a firm believer that different camo patterns IS camo, because of the break up of patterns. Sometimes we have contests to see how many different brands/patterns we can wear at one time. How many can you count in this picture?: Realtree gaitors, sitka pants, first lite vest, kings camo shirt, hat (who the heck knows). Didn't include the Onka gear rain jacket and another Sitka pattern rain pant that was in the pack. To each his own, of course!

From: TGbow
01-Sep-21
sheds has it

From: DanaC
01-Sep-21
Quick Draw, a but of asymmetrical face paint would complete that look ;-)

From: sheds
01-Sep-21

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Another pic of mismatched camo or just call me a misfit, anyhow, the shirt and pants are fleece I’ve had for close to 20 yrs, the wool vest for at least 10 yrs, and still using on this 2018 Alberta Canada hunt.

From: Jim Moore
01-Sep-21
I think if you just watch any of the many and sundry hunting/kill shows and watch the babe of the show in her makeup and pretty, ad payed for camo sitting in the house on stilts, one can surmise that it is movement that alerts and not so much patterns and smell. Then again, I’ve had a bulliet rye or two and am feeling a tad snarky.

From: PECO
02-Sep-21
Girls in camo, full on makeup,and lots of blind jewelry, cracks me up.

From: Catscratch
02-Sep-21
Camo is for duck hunting.

From: APauls
02-Sep-21
I normally don't care, but last year I was all one camo pattern when I killed my biggest bull elk, and then all one other pattern when I shot a nice 6x6 whitetail. Could it be? ;)

From: Stealth2
02-Sep-21

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02-Sep-21

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From: Thornton
02-Sep-21
In a world of Sitka and Kuiu, be a Jim Shockey...

From: Keefers
02-Sep-21

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I was sitting in a Huntmore 360 chair behind a rootball of a downed tree . He walked along my left side on a angle at about 7 yards but couldn’t get a shot until he moved to a different location in front of me at 12 yards.Just a Asbell wool plaid pullover of earth tone colors.

From: ahunter76
02-Sep-21

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When I got out of the Navy/Marines I used my vietnam camp at least 10 years. Even in the snow.

From: TGbow
02-Sep-21
You mean you can kill a deer on the ground..lol

From: Owl
03-Sep-21
Given the options available, matching camo is rather antithetical to the concept of camouflage.

From: Mitch
03-Sep-21

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After shooting my moose I texted my wife a picture. Her reply was “you have a closet full of camo and that’s what you wore?!?!” Seemed to work…..

From: TGbow
03-Sep-21
Lol..Mitch thats a nice moose..configurations. yea..your camo looks like it works

From: trublucolo
03-Sep-21
Apparently a lot of us just lack the class of todays fashionistas......

From: TGbow
03-Sep-21
i have a pullover ASAT shirt from Day One I use to put over whatever Im wearin. My wife says I look silly. I told her I dont care if it helps me hide from the deer. Lol

From: q d m
03-Sep-21
Best Camo is siting still. Fred Bear.You do'nt need 7to 8hundred dollar camo to shoot a deer or anything else.

From: Shiras42
03-Sep-21
Guess the buck I just put on the meatpole doesn't count since I had mismatched camo. :)

From: TGbow
04-Sep-21
Matt, must of been by chance..??

From: Huntiam
04-Sep-21
True story .. I had a certain celebrity hunter come last spring and turkey hunt opening weekend with me. never met him before just out of the blue he called me few weeks before season and asked if I would help him out, someone else had given him my name…he pulls a camper parks in my yard we scout day before season find some birds …opening morning I walk out to his camper 515 he has mossy oak head to toe talking 5 am face mask on ready to go… he kills a turkey first hr..wants me to do closing interview with him but says “u have to match your camo “ I said “ I’ll just watch you” haha

From: TGbow
04-Sep-21
Lol

From: woodguy65
04-Sep-21

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Core 4 element, Cabelas, Sitka, Muck. LOL

04-Sep-21

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I buy most of my camo off these guys who have to match , so they change camo everytime their brand changes. I buy it here on bowsite , facebook, tradgang, archerytalk and ebay for about 1/2 off :) Stuff is like brand new, I could care less if it matches if it keeps me warm. I think mismatched camo hides you better sometimes.

04-Sep-21
It was cold that morning and had Cabelas bibs and Day one ASTAT top.

From: DanaC
06-Sep-21
It's funny how many guys think ASAT doesn't work. I've had guys practically step on me during turkey season while dressed liked Jack two replies above. Hens within 15 feet. No camo is perfect, anything works better if you sit still.

The 'original' Realtree wasn't a close match for the trees & bark around here, but I could disappear in it sitting against a moss & lichen- covered granite face in Vermont.

There's a good article on camo and 'background' in the latest 'Traditional Bowhunter'.

From: TGbow
06-Sep-21
Onenof my brothers changes camo every year. Ive ended up with a lot of hunting clothes because of that..lol

From: DanaC
06-Sep-21
Dang I wish my brother hunted, 'cause I ain't wearing his old golf duds ;-)

From: TGbow
06-Sep-21
Danac..if they have cargo pockets and the color is good I will use em..lol

From: DanaC
09-Sep-21

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Shopping for a new shirt and found this - I'd bet a lot of younger hunters have never seen this pattern ;-) Back when Trebark and Realtree were the 'new shiny' this is what a lot of us hunted in. Might buy one just to shock the fashionistas ;-)

From: TGbow
09-Sep-21
DanaC, I always liked that pattern

From: Jebediah
09-Sep-21
Love the pictures of some of the old camo patterns still in use. They worked then, and I’m sure they work now. And new or old, nothing beats sitting still. But I have a question—has anyone else noticed the tendency of these old camo patterns to shrink? I have a set of realtree coveralls that my mother gave me in high school. Faded to almost white now. Tried to put them into service last year, wound up lightheaded due to lack of oxygen. I think the camo industry’s equivalent of “planned obsolescence” is “planned shrinkage.”

From: DanaC
09-Sep-21

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Great early season when maples are turning color. Of course a lot of these kids have never even seen a pair of green Johnson 'woolies' either. Kind of amazing deer ever got killed. ;-)

jebediah, yeah, until I experienced it myself I'd a swore 'polyester don't shrink!' ;-)

From: TGbow
09-Sep-21
Lol..or how deer got killed before treestands

09-Sep-21
Dana I still wear those pants to this day! They were my grandfathers. My father has a pair too he still wears. They use to be big on me….now they almost fit…..no sure if that’s good or bad haha. I’ve killed deer in em. They work still lol

From: BC
09-Sep-21
Up here most of our whitetail hunting is in the suburbs. Camo is primarily to go unseen by people.

From: cnelk
09-Sep-21

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The other night I called this cow elk across a clearcut within 30yds. I was wearing a Kuiu hat, Sitka jacket and solid color Wrangler jeans.

I am an Equal Opportunity Camo hunter.

From: BowenAero
09-Sep-21

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How did Fred kill deer without camo ?

From: bigswivle
19-Sep-21

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Today’s outfit. Had to swim to my stand
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Today’s outfit. Had to swim to my stand

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