Tony Pizzata gives a primer on camouflage and how to use some of the best products currently on the market.
THERE HAS BEEN A SALES explosion of purpose-made camouflage clothing for hunters in recent times and, from a hunter’s perspective, it begs the question “How effective is camouflage clothing when hunting?” If the Highland Hunter’s Gallery in Sporting Shooter is any guide, then I would say “quite effective” but, if shooters wish to wring every bit of value out of their investment in this quality clothing, then it will pay them to methodically keep the Five S’s in mind when venturing out on their next stalk. So what are the Five S’s of Camouflage and Concealment and how does knowing about them help the hunter to bag more difficult game? Here they are.
SHAPE Hunters would recognise the outline of rabbits’ ears or the profile of a trophy deer from most angles and, similarly, the human shape is most distinctive to a game animal. It is in the hunter’s interest to break up that shape with his attire or by concealment behind or close to natural features, like the fox whistler sitting in front of logs and rocks to break his outline.
SHADOW Shadow can be two edged and give you the advantage. If there is a shadow within which you can hide yourself it will help break up your outline. Dappled shade from overhead trees particularly works very well with the Sniper Camo garments.
SHINE Another threat to concealment is shine, which also manifests when the sun’s direction causes reflection off glass and metallic surfaces like glasses, binoculars, riflescopes and rifles. The clever application of a few lengths of burlap (strips of sandbag) or camo tape along the exposed length of a scoped rifle will greatly reduce reflection and also help to break up its hard outline.