There are so many varieties of terrain across the world. And as far as I know there is no person out there whose skin or clothes naturally blends in or adapts to their surroundings like a chameleon’s would. As I consider possible hunting opportunities that require traveling, I wonder, “How important is it to match each type of terrain to accomplish the most favored outcome, a harvest? When do you think camouflage become a thing anyway?
Camouflage Saved Lives
I did some digging to answer my own question, and what I found is that the military used it first. It saved lives and assisted in taking some as well, it was created for a pretty serious situation. Camouflage has been crucial to survival for soldiers, and there’s no doubt about that! Ask Rambo, he knows all about blending in.
Do Colors Draw Attention?
In a hunting situation, you could argue that it may accomplish the same goal but there is an even larger part the hunter plays in this situation. Most animals see movement, the color of a thing doesn’t necessarily draw their attention. They’re not as distracted as we are, so pay attention. The camouflage or disguise may serve as more of a “blankie” for the hunter. If you struggle with staying still, you may need to invest in an Allen Vanish Stake-Out Blind, no, it doesn’t really make you vanish…smh.
Have we veered from the original purpose of blending in for the sake of success? Has the hunt for camo become more of a fashion statement rather than a necessity? While you think about how you’d like to answer, I’ll share my thoughts on it.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones
Have you ever met the Jones? I haven’t either but, I hear they’ve got the best of the best of everything! When someone else has the best of everything, doesn’t it make you want it too? Like when little Jones got the Ten Point Nitro 505 Xero Crossbow for his birthday and the next thing you know, you’re online looking at it wanting to add it to your cart. It’s okay, we’re being honest here. I’m not saying you shouldn’t get the Ten Point Nitro 505 Xero Crossbow, all I’m saying is get it because you want it, not because someone else has it.
What did a hunter wear before civilian camouflage became a thing? They had a few choices, everyday clothes, military camouflage, or plaid woolen suits (which were most of the time bright orange or reddish) Imagine that! I also have the same choices, I can wear my everyday clothes, military camo, or well, nope I don’t have a woolen plaid suit. Do you have one? I hear your disappointment.
Trebark by Jim Crumley
Did you know the other option was added in the early 1970s by a guy named Jim Crumley, he called it Trebark, what a natural name! Not long after the first civilian camo was made available, competition showed up in the 1980s RealTree and Mossy Oak. I know y’all are familiar with that, even if you are one who wears your everyday clothes to hunt in. Here’s an example this is Mossy Oak on the Bear Species EV Compound Bow. That’s right about forty years later Mossy Oak is still helping to conceal by color, but not just you, the hunter, it’s for your equipment too.
I’ll ask you a question, is the color the deciding factor on your hunting equipment? If it’s dressed in camouflage does it make it more desirable or if you’re dressed in camouflage does it make you more desirable? The answer is yes, if you’re a professional hunter, then you’ll look the part. If you’re not a professional hunter and aren’t dressing to impress the game or the tree bark. Do you really need the best camo or do you need camo?
This is where you share your opinion with the rest of us. I want to be able to recognize my readers if I ever meet you in the woods. Will you be the one wearing the blue jeans and old torn comfortable t-shirt or will you be the one army crawling on the ground covered from head to toe in RealTree? No judgement coming from the Bow Bully, I’m just curious.