Pennsylvania Game News - February 2014 - 57

Joe Kosack

stand out and actually draw attention.
Effective camo will not contain an
overwhelmingly predominate color,
but rather a blend of natural fall colors.
There's a variety of commercial
camo patterns available and most are
based on patterns of leaves and sticks
designed to appeal to the hunter. These
patterns are normally small so they
easily fit on the clothing, which makes
them less distinctive at a distance
where they often appear to blend into
one and do nothing to hide the shape of
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the hunter. Blobs or irregular shapes of
colors are actually better at hiding the
hunter than leaf outlines. Remember,
the idea is to blend in, not stand out.
Blobs of various colors offer no definite
identifiable shape and that is a key to
helping the hunter blend into his or
her surroundings.
An ideal camo pattern is a combination of dull colors with dark and light
accents that are applied to a pattern
of irregular shapes. This combination
helps minimize the hunter's shape and
allows him to better blend in with the
surrounding environment. However,
when it comes to shape, there is much
more that can be done.
To understand just how important
hiding the shape of the hunter is let's
think for a minute about what we often
see when we spot a deer. Several years
ago a fellow worker (non-hunter) told
me that he and his wife went for a
walk on state game lands looking for
deer. He told me they moved slowly
and quietly along a game lands road,
constantly scouting their surroundings,
but never saw a deer.
I asked him what he was looking for
and with some surprise he answered,
"A deer." I explained that as an experienced hunter, I seldom see "a deer."
I normally see a line that seems out of
place. A vertical line representing a
leg or a short horizontal line representing a portion of a deer's back. While I
sometimes see a color that appears out
of place, I most often see a shape that
appears out of place. A hunter's physical shape is not natural in the deer's
environment. The human shape stands
out and attracts a deer's attention. To
reduce the chances of being detected,
a hunter must find a way to disguise
his outline.
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