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Favorite camo for elk

What is your favorite camo for Sept-Oct Elk season.  I know it depends on location ad terrain.  I was just curious what the favorites are.

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Camo is useless to me when elk hunting because I'm not an archery elk hunter, rifle for biggame only.  I only have camo for the waterfowl hunting that I do regularly. Regardless of that fact I still own and wear a few camo pieces when biggame hunting.  Usually either Mossy Oak Break-Up or Real Tree Advantage Timber, and usually in the form of just a short sleeve t-shirt, a long sleeve t-shirt, or a hooded sweatjacket.  My winter wool hooded hunting jacket is also a camo pattern of olives, browns, and khaki. Blaze orange vest and hat are worn. I don't bother with camo in pants, for October rifle season I simply wear a pair of Carhartt double-front canvas dungerees in either a moss green or their signature Carhartt brown, and use a good polyprop base layer if the weather dictates.  That's about it.

Something to keep in mind about camo - the best camo won't do you any good if you don't keep your own movements to a bare minimum when hunting.  You should only be moving when you're on the move.  Same goes for being upwind or downwind respectively.

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I'll get flak for this.

I'll get flak for this. Except from those who really know.

I'm old school, and wear green and black or red and black plaid wool. Camo was made to fool humans. Game isn't fooled so much. Some came from a distance looks like a dark blob.

 

Deer and elk don't see like we do. They see in pale yellows. Scent, movement, and noise is what spooks game. I've had game look at me for years in my plaid wool clothing and go back to eating. As long as I was quiet, didn't move, and was upwind.

Camo seems to be effective for turkey hunting which I don't do.

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Still Hunter wrote:

I'll get flak for this. Except from those who really know.

I'm old school, and wear green and black or red and black plaid wool. Camo was made to fool humans. Game isn't fooled so much. Some came from a distance looks like a dark blob.

 

Deer and elk don't see like we do. They see in pale yellows. Scent, movement, and noise is what spooks game. I've had game look at me for years in my plaid wool clothing and go back to eating. As long as I was quiet, didn't move, and was upwind.

Camo seems to be effective for turkey hunting which I don't do.

You and I are pretty much on the same page here.  I only find camo useful when duck or goose hunting and for that I use Shadow Grass or Advantage Wetlands for waders and jacket, camo ball cap for milder days, typically my cold weather waterfowl headwear are various solid colors - some brownish/olive, some darker khaki, or coyote brown.  I don't turkey hunt either, so I can'tspeak to that.

The few pieces of camo I do actually wear for biggame hunts serves simply and stricktly as utility clothing and that's it.  I'm not worried about an inexpensive camo t-shirt getting dirty, bloody, or even ripped.  Most are a dime a dozen and easy to replace.

There is so much stuff out there that's being marketed to hunters as being nessesary that really is anything but nessesary.  A lot of it has to do with appealing to the geardo menatllity or the guy preoccupied with the coolness factor. 

Just think about the professionals who hunt all over the world.  How many times do you see people like Jim Zumbo and Jim Shockey wearing all camo?  What about their guides?  Shockey has taken numerous animals from around the world wearing that same black Stetson cowboy hat and that same black canvas jacket.  Applause

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You won't get any flak from

You won't get any flak from me.  I fully agree.  Movement and scent are the 2 biggest things that will kill you.  I feel someone can sit in a tree stand in a clown outfit, and if you do not move, the deer will pay no attention to you.

That's why I pretty much use the same "camo" for deer, elk, whatever.  I have one pair of pants, and maybe 2 shirts.  Back in Vermont, I actually have a black and red plaid Johnson Woolen Mills jacket.  Same colors that you mentioned.  Thorw my blaze orange on top of that, and I still see deer.

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I do think a lot of guys get

I do think a lot of guys get caught up in looking the part. I suppose that's ok until they try and tell me that I have to have it to be sucessful. I usually walk away at that point.

I like to wear hunting clothes that I can wear all year without looking like Rambo. I've been wearing the same Woolrich wool coat for hunting and walking around all winter since the 50's. I keep telling myself i need to buy a new one, but that coat still looks good, and it's become a close friend now. 

 

I wouldn't feel right hunting without it. It's what I wore when hunting with my dad in the 50's. I couldn't change that.

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Asat camo

Asat camo for archery elk hunting works well.

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Hunting elk in

Hunting elk in September-October sounds like a rifle hunt and since you need to wear hunter orange why worry about camo?  As far as archery hunting I killed my first elk with a bow at 10 yards wearing a Levi jacket.  You will find out that camo is way over emphasized.  I know successful elk hunters that wear just a plad shirt and jeans and I know hunters that have never killed a elk during archery season that wear what ever is the newest and best camo clothing out that year. 

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Nearly all my hunting clothes

Nearly all my hunting clothes are in some camo pattern or another but most don't match as I pick up whatever is on sale or clearance. I don't worry about the pattern much as I mostly buy the clothes for the features they have as most are designed for the weather conditions or range of movements that hunters require. I have evrything form mossy oak brush that blends well in the fall grasslands and oak brush to everything else in between. Like has been said since most of us are wearing orange anyway so the use of camo is really irrelavant other than to make us feel more like we are out hunting.

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My favorite camo for all

My favorite camo for all hunting in Natural Gear...I wear it for everything.  I am gonna buy some of the Mossy Oak Brush camo and we will see ghow that works thbis year.

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camo

camo not just for hunting any more pajamas lunchens diner partys work the beach weddings birthday partys it go's on and on

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