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Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

March 19, 2023

Camo allows a turkey and deer hunter to be almost invisible. Author is shown camouflaged, invisible from the turkey that came 100 yards into his setup. (Photo by Larry Myhre)

Attempting to blend in with the surroundings, hunters wear some type of camo, allowing them to get into their hunting location, if they move slowly and once there, giving them a better chance to get set up in their stand or blind.

  One thing the hunter will, you’ll want to match your camo to the location your hunting, the vegetation, grasses, trees and the desert patterns, camo that would fit in with their surroundings, wearing the wrong pattern, allowing the deer to spot something different in the location that they call home.

  Camo does four basic things, and they are concealing, coloration, disruptive coloration, disguise and mimicry.

   Unlike the early hunting clothes worn by hunters we now have hundreds of manufactures producing camo.

    Where we have the option to purchase a camouflage pattern from the fifty-five or more manufactures that have camo wear.

   When I first hunted, the only type of camouflage was the military, the drab greens, browns and other natural colors. 

  What convinced me that camo works, was a turkey hunt in southern Nebraska, where there wasn’t a lot cover, so I backed myself into a fence corner post, which allowed me to see both east and west, using my diaphragm call, I called softly in both directions, it was a nice warm day,

  About the time I was going to look for a better spot, I heard a gobbler and some clucking from the hens, I couldn’t move as they were coming pretty quickly, so I backed into a small cedar and kept calling, quietly, and a few minutes later, a young Tom and hen came around the tree I was leaning against, everything I had on was camo, my Jacket, pants, gloves, facemask, cap, shotgun and even my boots.

  They weren’t what I was after, so I watched to see where they would head to, and it was right at the fence post I was leaning against they were less that 15 yards from me, pretty cool!

  Doing my best not to spook them, I sat there quietly, seeing how close they would come to me as I sat there, the hen came in, walking across my camo legs I was wearing, with the Jake following her right along the side of me, as I did my best to be motionless and not break out laughing.

     Everyone knows the way to be safe while hunting is to wear blaze orange clothes. Deer have limited vision, they see in “black and white.

  Hunting clothes and camo are designed to make you invisible to the deer, with its browns and green colors, they are perfect in blending into the surroundings, with some of the more popular types of being, Mossy Oak and RealTree patterns.

  Since deer, elk and moose, are on the menu for predators, they have evolved and can see, hear, smell, and sense predators. They trust nothing more than their keen sense of smell. And if they smell us, their gone, where the only thing you’ll see is their white tail, as it puts distance between the hunter and itself.

  I’m the type of person, hearing that camo is very important to hunt deer, turkeys or waterfowl, where I know what type of terrain I’ll be hunting, as it’s been proven to me, that it will tip the hunt in my favor, will camo the clothing and gear when I go out to hunt.


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