Camouflage



Camouflage is the art of disguising yourself to blend in with your surrounding.


Camouflaged Hunter


CONTENTS:


The History of Camouflage


Camouflage in Animals


Camouflage for the Hunter


Choosing Camouflage


Camouflage Accessories



The History of Camouflage


The term camouflage comes from the French word camoufler meaning "to blind or veil." Camouflage, which is also called protective concealment. This means to disguise an object, in plain sight, in order to conceal it from something or someone.


In the late 1800ís, an American artist named Abbott Thayer made an important observation about animals in nature that became a useful tool in developing modern camouflage. After studying wildlife, Thayer noticed the coloring of many animals graduated from dark, on the backs, to almost white on their bellies. This is an important property that is very useful in modern camouflage. This graduation from dark to light breaks up the surface of an object and makes it harder to see the object as one thing. The object loses its 3D qualities and appears flat.




Camouflage, as we know it today, was born in 1915 when the French army created a new unit called the camouflage division. Artists were among the first people the French army called in to help develop camouflage for the use during W.W.I.



Camouflage in Animals


Animals basically use one of two methods to conceal themselves in nature: General Resemblance and Special Resemblance.


General Resemblance


With general resemblance, animals use color to blend in with their environment so that theyíre almost invisible. To name a few: chameleons, hares, tree frogs, grasshoppers, and lizards.


Special Resemblance


With special resemblance, animals use a combination of color, shape and behavior to help them appear like something in their environment. They are simply mistaken for something else. The walking stick is a great example. This insect becomes almost invisible due to the shape of its body, its coloration and its slow movement. It looks and acts like a twig on a bush or tree.



Camouflage for the Hunter


Why Camouflage?


Camouflage clothing is very important when hunting deer. When hunting, camouflage is not a fashion statement, it is more important that your camo breaks up your outline. Deer are far more likely to detect movement than they are an uncamouflaged hunter. To explain, a deer is far more likely to notice a camouflaged hunter moving in a treestand, than an uncamouflaged hunter sitting still in a treestand. What Iím trying to tell you, as the hunter, you are far more likely to be busted from movement rather than the camo pattern you are wearing.


After reading that, you might wonder "Why buy camouflage at all?" Iíll tell you why. Camouflage will break up your outline and to help you blend in with your surroundings better. For an example, Camouflage is used to help animals to attack their prey. As a hunter you want to be able to hunt and spot deer without them knowing you are there. Camouflage is allowing you to do that.


To tie the importance of camouflage and movement together I will use an example of the white-tailed deer.


A deer does not rely on its camouflage alone. Even though they are perfectly camouflaged with the colors, black, white, brown, gray, and reddish brown of their surroundings, they are still easily detected with significant movement. When a deer standing still or with slight movement the are virtually invisible.


You, as a hunter, having both (camouflage and minimal movement) will greatly improve your hunting success.



Choosing Camouflage.


When choosing camouflage, my Opinion on camo is to try to match the surroundings of the area you hunt best you can.


There is no need to waste your money on fancy camo (camouflage) that you don't need. Don't get me wrong camo is very important in archery. A good outfit of Realtree will do you just fine or whatever your local Wal-Mart has to offer. Now understand that I do almost all my hunting 30+ft high in a tree-stand, (always with a safety belt on). Maybe that's why I'm not so big on camo patterns. If you hunt on the ground you may want to be more particular about the camo you wear. As far as the new scent lock camo is concerned they are way out of my price range. Do they work? I DON'T KNOW! I strongly recommend a good set of WATERPROOF CAMO.


I have just looked at a flyer that was sent to me in the mail(At the time of this writing). It seems like their approach to camo is right on the money. They promise to not change their camo from year to year. Which I think is great. So many hunters are taken advantage of when there fooled into buying the new fashion of camo. That is what it is, fashion, not camo. Yes, camo is important but fashion isn't. The flyer was from NATURAL GEAR. I haven't owned any of there camo yet but I will. It looks like it's a fair price and it looks like it will work great in the woods but it might not work to good in the shoping mall.



Camouflage Accessories


Boots


Camouflaged boots are not a necessity. The warmth and comfort, in my opinion, is more important.


Gloves


Camouflaging your hands is extremely important. This is the part of your body that will be moving the most (when deer are in range). Whether using camo gloves or camo make-up its the hunters choice. I prefer make-up over gloves. Again due to comfort reasons.


Head Camo


Again camouflaging your head is extremely important. Your head is the second most frequently moved part of your body (when deer are in range).