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I am curious as to what you guys think about camo paterns. Does the actual pattern and color of your material matter?

The reason I ask, I just got in some VERY WARM clothing that absolutely saved me from the cold this weekend, but I had a doe bust me that 100% picked me out without me moving any. My cover was okay, I wasn't in super thick, but I had limbs and cover breaking up my outline, my height was plenty, etc, but she immediately picked me out.

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Color and pattern matter only so much as to help break up your outline. There is no best pattern in my opinion, only better patterns for particular environments.

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Without getting into it too deep....
Color matters with birds more than deer.
Deer are said to see yellow, blue and white pretty darn good and into the UV spectrum..UV brighteners my well be a nono.

Breaking up your outline is most important...I'd think some Hawaiian pattern shirts could make darn good deer camo.
Then comes blending in though not far behind...IMO.

That said...if you really like the clothing maybe you should look into getting a fairly inexpensive outer "cover up" camo layer...

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Do not own any camo,earth tones and plaids work just fine for me.The very best camo is lack of movement!

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What were you wearing. I know for sure deer pick out us guys in trees more that on the ground ! .

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I usually start the season out hunting in Wisconsin in September. If it’s warm I wear blue jeans, tee shirt and shoes. As it cools off I’ll wear a black and red wool jacket or an old army green wool shirt. I think I killed the first doe this year wearing my son’s high school football team tee shirt.

I do use and own camouflage to hunt when it gets cold up here as it’s very warm and quiet but I’ve never noticed a difference between “types” of camouflage or no camouflage when it comes to being picked off by a deer while in a tree or on the ground. Just my experience, but my main concern is the wind and my movement.

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Color and pattern matter, but background and foreground cover also matter, and movement is a big no no.

Sometimes critters just pick you up, particularly at close range. I suspect your surrounding cover wasn't as good as you thought. Were your face and hands bare/showing?

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I think color and or darkness can matter. If you are in a tree and your camo is very dark you will stand out. On the ground to light or to dark will do the need to give it some thought and even take a friend to look at your set up with that camo on. Black and white photos also help.

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this late in the season, she was probably looking for you. camo is more important late season. you really gotta hide from them.


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Daniel, I always thought I needed the next and the best camo that came out, but I have slowly came around 360 degrees. I have gone back to plaids and wool. As a youngster starting out hunting I watched as my Grandpa put on his red and black woolies to go sit for the day...(rifle season.) As I have grown and matured as a hunter, I have come to realize that as long as you blend into your surroundings you should have no trouble, but still need to keep the wind direction in mind. I have a couple different patterns of wool from the Asbells that I like here in Michigan, and work well on my travels out of state also.

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I answered yes color and pattern both matter, but with certain reservations. This is only my opinion, but it is based on numerous things I have read over many years. Your problem may well have been "color" based on dyes with a high UV rating. Deer see further into the UV spectrum than people, and the brighteners in most clothes dyes contain UV enhancers which may make this an issue. Many of our clothes, due to these enhancers, glow in a deer's vision. Is brightness/darkness considered color or pattern? If the camo coloration strongly and "glowingly" contrasts with your surroundings, it might make you tend to stand out. I feel the pattern itself is less likely to be a problem as long as it is subdued.

In one article I read quite a long time ago, it said that military camo is specifically made with dyes that do not "glow". I believe it, because, for many years, I only used the old style military woodland camo from early season (green woods) till the leaves were completely off the trees (brown woods) with no problems. On the other hand, most commercial dyes, including those used in civilian produced camo, contain these color enhanced dyes.


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Carefully matched to the terrain you are hunting camo can make a big difference.

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It's not as easy as four choices. I have killed deer at ground level within 15 yards in solid olive/sage clothing (see my avatar). Also blaze orange.

Movement trumps clothing, and odor trumps movement AND clothing.

If you are in a field of grass or forest-floor of fall maple leaves a dark camp pattern is working against you.

Same in snow.

But if you are in a tree in October before the leaves change maybe snow camp was a poor choice.

I like a camo pattern with contrasts. I figure it breaks up my outline. And, on that subject, what is behind you can be more important that what is on you.

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most camo blends to a solid past 20 yards, then you look like a person in a single color.

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