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WesternHunter's picture
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

Ditto that.  Just make sure it doesn't reflect sunlight too bad, and you'll be okay.


I think that's a very important thing to watch out for.  Keep the flashy shiney or bright stuff to an absolute minimum.  I've never really understood the reason for shiney high polished blued steel gun with a high glossed varnished stock.  I've seen it on a lot of guns from most every maker for years and never liked it much.  To me that type of fancy finish serves no real practical purpose except to look pretty in a display case.  Granted many ducks and game have been taken with such guns over the decades.  I don't want a pretty shiney gun.  I don't need camo either. I like matt finishes.  Either bead blasted blued steel or phosphate (parkerized) finished steel.  Stocks and forearms should be either subdued synthetic or matt/dull linseed oil finished walnut.  To me a basic linseed oil finished stock is much easier to maintain than a varnish finished one is, plus it ages much nicer too.

bearklr's picture
Joined: 07/07/2010
Posts: 84

I think the biggest problem isn't what you wear or what your gun looks like but rather movement.  You should be able to wear just about whatever you want when your out if you take the time to make a proper blind and fully conceal yourself.  Most guys spend hours on end practicing calling and going over decoy spreads and then throw a few branches on a blind in 2 minutes and think they're good to go.  No matter what you do right, if those ducks or geese can see in that blind it won't matter if you sound like Sean Mann.  On top of that hunters get a false sense of security in their blind and think they're invisible and move too much.  I call it the ostrich syndrome.  Just like an ostrich puting it's head in the sand thinking nobody can see him.  The guys are looking left and right, reaching for calls, and moving their hands like crazy when calling.  When I see geese I freeze solid and grab my call immediately and get it to my mouth.  I also change tone using my index and middle finger rather than my pinkie and ring finger as most people do.  This hides that movement as well.  I act as though I'm out in the open and not in a blind at all.  This will help stop flaring birds a lot more than some camo on your shotgun.

Alamosa's picture
Location: Southern Colorado
Joined: 03/25/2005
Posts: 245
Camo gun is of

Camo gun is of critical importance to the retailers. 

Adds about $100 to the price tag of most models.

No ducks were ever killed before camo guns were available Wink

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