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Inexpensive camo gear
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:21:39 PM »
As a hunting newbie, I've got another question. (And thanks to those of you who've taken the time to help educate me so far.)

I've already - as my wife informs me - spent Too Damn Much(tm) on getting ready for hunting this season. But I don't have really have any camo gear yet.

I've seen prices ranging from Walmart to REI, and everywhere in-between.

Does anybody have a recommendation for stuff that is (a) gonna keep me reasonably warm and dry for (at least) early archery season, but also (b) keep me out of the doghouse with my wife? And is there anything that I should really avoid?

Or to buck conventional wisdom entirely - how important *is* camo gear? I'm reasonably well outfitted with cold-weather hiking clothes, but they're generally straight black - how awful would that be (assuming I'm not out in the snow)?

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 03:26:48 PM »
As a father of 5, I'm on a budget for gear and I've slain animals wearing walmart camo and will again this year. Mossy oak or real tree are both good and walmart.

All the other stuff is awesome and great if you have the funds to get it.

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 03:27:54 PM »
Nooooo black. Seems to be stories nearly every year where a brush picker or hiker is shot by a hunter who thought that they were a bear! That stuff would be fine for layering underneath I'm sure, but not for an exterior layer.

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 03:31:02 PM »
Inexpensive is kind of in the eye of the beholder. Heres a link to a thread I started about discount online gear. Get on Steapandcheap, sierratradingpost, etc... and you can get some realy great quality gear for half price. Camofire is also a great resource for discounted camo gear!

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,217272.0.html

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2017, 03:36:34 PM »
Two very inexpensive ways to get some camo:
1 hit the thrift stores. This requires a little luck.
2 go to a fabric store like jo annes and ask for help getting plans for a simple coverall or simple two piece set up.
Buy the yardage of camo pattern fabric you need.
Start sewing something together.
Either of these options will get you by intil you can slowly buy the gear you want over time.
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2017, 03:39:32 PM »
What size you ware? If your any of the sizes I have left. I might be able to send ya something.
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2017, 03:39:47 PM »
Also check out military surplus stores. they will have layers and wool.

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2017, 03:48:21 PM »
 :yeah: beat me to it.
$1,000 worth of Sitka gear isn't going to get you any closer to a critter than a $9 Wally World shirt or military surplus . I use Red Head camo. It's cheap, fits right and gets the job done.   I know a couple of old farts that still us Viet Nam era bdu's and always get close shots. .
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2017, 04:02:44 PM »
Used gear on ebay can often be a bargain too. 

You could wear a hunter orange vest (less than $10) and hat over your existing black gear and feel pretty safe from the dummies shooting at black animals in the woods.  I use a sharpie marker to draw black camo pattern on my orange gear for the general season.  Anything to break up the large areas of single color cloth - the deer won't see you if you're motionless.

 
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2017, 04:06:25 PM »
What size you ware? If your any of the sizes I have left. I might be able to send ya something.

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2017, 04:39:36 PM »
What sizes and location?  I have some stuff you could pick through.

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2017, 04:42:22 PM »
Having camo is not as important as many people let on.  You can do just fine wearing tans, greens, plaid ect.. Wear quiet gear that you are comfortable in. 

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2017, 05:08:36 PM »
Nooooo black. Seems to be stories nearly every year where a brush picker or hiker is shot by a hunter who thought that they were a bear! That stuff would be fine for layering underneath I'm sure, but not for an exterior layer.

Ha! Great point.

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2017, 06:09:04 PM »
Having camo is not as important as many people let on.  You can do just fine wearing tans, greens, plaid ect.. Wear quiet gear that you are comfortable in.

^ This^

My only camo is stuff I bought on super sale.  I don't feel handicapped at all, and fill quite a few big game tags.  My all time favorite camo fleece jacket is from WalMart and has holes worn in it.  I'm old enough to have shot way more game without camo and without fleece than with either.  Shot more critters while wearing a green and yellowish plaid acrylic outer shirt than anything else though a muted blue and black wool plaid CPO shirt from K-Mart was a close second.  I wore both of those till they were rags.   

On cheap stuff, just check to make sure the zippers work and if they are petite little zippers, pass. 

Wool dress pants from a thrift store and a wool blend or synthetic plaid shirt are superb for most WA deer seasons:  comfortable, quiet, shed light rain and dew. As well as avoiding black, I won't buy tan. If it is really pouring, add rain gear.  I often wear fleece or a soft synthetic layer OUTSIDE/over my rain jacket to stay quiet when brushing against bushes and limbs if I am still hunting.  I keep gaiters INSIDE my wool pants for the same reason:  quiet.  Also, water running down the outside of pants drains and seeps inside the gaiter tops and into boots if the gaiters are outside the pants.  Bet you can't guess how I learned that one...     :)

Edited to add:  Do what you want but I prefer to never wear camo in public.  I usually stop on my way into a hunt and on the way out and change into "civvies".  Jeans and a cotton flannel shirt are more comfortable for the drive home anyway and if I stop at a café or convenience store I don't want the clerk nor other customers nor a cop to know from my clothes that I probably have hunting gear in my vehicle.  Unless the antlers are too big to hide, ditto for letting horns show. 

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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2017, 08:02:34 PM »
Cheap camo from Walmart is just fine if you can't find it anywhere else. My pair of camo pants is so worn out it is starting to look like tan pants lol.
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2017, 08:05:41 PM »
As a father of 5, I'm on a budget for gear and I've slain animals wearing walmart camo and will again this year. Mossy oak or real tree are both good and walmart.

All the other stuff is awesome and great if you have the funds to get it.

Cover and wind is what's really important.
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2017, 08:57:47 PM »
From a shear numbers standpoint, I've had more elk closer to me w/ a blaze orange vest than I have w full camo....a big part of the reason is that the herd of 90 + (can't remember if it was 96, 98), tilted those stats. But that time and several others, I've had elk feeding and hanging around in the range of 40-7 yards.......not a single time was I detected.

 The reason being that the wind was in my favor, I was motionless, and maybe a little lucky.

The 90+ here walked single file out of a dark timber trail that circled the bottom of a deep basin. I had already dropped to a knee when I heard the telltale sounds of elk walking. I counted every single elk as they moved to within 20 yards of me in a semi circle of about 120-145 degrees around me. With the count going higher, i counted every cow hoping/ expecting the next animal to be that legal spike.......well, you know how that story can end...easily had 5-6 other closer encounters w elk up to seven yards......not one seemed to notice I was wearing blaze orange over my camo hunting clothes..AND I was totally exposed. Nothing near me to break up my kneeling profile.

Now the quality of clothes for hunting is a different matter! Grew up hunting in MI wearing black and red wool. I've bought and used a few pair of army surplus pants that I used for years. Wore out some dress wools that I backpacked, and rode my bike in for a lot of miles 30 years ago. Came across some heavier pairs I used to xcountry ski and camp in. Hunted deer all over Michigan and Wa in them  They have tons of life in and left in them....

But I've used lots of newer synthetics over the past couple of decades, riding 10-14 hours a week year round in the wet side weather back when I raced road bikes we relied on our kits to keeps us warm

Coming back in a seeming full circle, I love merino wool....straight up or mixed with synthetics. Stuff is the best.....not cheap! You can find it on sale if you're patient and persistent.

I'm looking forward to wearing some new base layers under a new "big brand performance hunting jacket" this September for two weeks.

Oh and I'm going to start things off wth my $17.99 Costco technical pants and switch to my recent value village find....virtually new, light wool, military issue, dress  slacks when it gets wetter and cooler. I wonder how many more hunts they might carry me on?
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2017, 09:09:25 PM »
Having camo is not as important as many people let on.  You can do just fine wearing tans, greens, plaid ect.. Wear quiet gear that you are comfortable in.

^ This^

My only camo is stuff I bought on super sale.  I don't feel handicapped at all, and fill quite a few big game tags.  My all time favorite camo fleece jacket is from WalMart and has holes worn in it.  I'm old enough to have shot way more game without camo and without fleece than with either.  Shot more critters while wearing a green and yellowish plaid acrylic outer shirt than anything else though a muted blue and black wool plaid CPO shirt from K-Mart was a close second.  I wore both of those till they were rags.   

On cheap stuff, just check to make sure the zippers work and if they are petite little zippers, pass. 

Wool dress pants from a thrift store and a wool blend or synthetic plaid shirt are superb for most WA deer seasons:  comfortable, quiet, shed light rain and dew. As well as avoiding black, I won't buy tan. If it is really pouring, add rain gear.  I often wear fleece or a soft synthetic layer OUTSIDE/over my rain jacket to stay quiet when brushing against bushes and limbs if I am still hunting.  I keep gaiters INSIDE my wool pants for the same reason:  quiet.  Also, water running down the outside of pants drains and seeps inside the gaiter tops and into boots if the gaiters are outside the pants.  Bet you can't guess how I learned that one...     :)

Edited to add:  Do what you want but I prefer to never wear camo in public.  I usually stop on my way into a hunt and on the way out and change into "civvies".  Jeans and a cotton flannel shirt are more comfortable for the drive home anyway and if I stop at a café or convenience store I don't want the clerk nor other customers nor a cop to know from my clothes that I probably have hunting gear in my vehicle.  Unless the antlers are too big to hide, ditto for letting horns show.

Okanogan,

Great post! Some wisdom here for sure. Definitely agree on avoiding Black and Tan solid colors.

 I have to say, I never considered wearing anything over a pair a rain jacket to silence it... good reminder on the gaiters.

Interesting thoughts on camo in public...maybe the same reason I never put decals on my rig letting people know I might have expensive archery, fly fishing, you name it firearms,...?

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2017, 09:33:44 PM »
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2017, 10:18:58 PM »
Let's just say I have seen plenty of success pics of guys in blue jeans.  Camo is over rated.  However if you like camo buy it, it can be a nice addition to the closet.

Camo is not even a tiny bit necessary.
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2017, 10:52:12 PM »
Camo IS a necessity, at least if you're going out for a nice dinner in Cowlitz County!
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2017, 06:04:05 AM »
FishNFur;
I take offense to that statement!
Being a former Kelso High School Grad, I have found that a hickory shirt and a pair of Lee Loggers were always in style.
Particularly in Cowlitz County!
You sir owe an apology to the entire hard working population of western Washington.
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As for camo, I've shot truckloads of deer and elk while wearing military surplus wool pants and old woolrich jackets.
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2017, 08:17:09 AM »
Camo IS a necessity, at least if you're going out for a nice dinner in Cowlitz County!
Or if you are taking the entire family and the dogs to Cabela's for the first time.   :chuckle:  I get a kick out of the head to toe camo folks in Bass Pro and Cabela's.
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Re: Inexpensive camo gear
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2017, 08:38:25 AM »
Probably more important for archery than modern or muzzie seasons.  My buddies and I have shot plenty of game wearing jeans.  I stalked and killed my Tom this spring while wearing jeans and romeos!  I've picked up plenty of camo gear at Wal-Mart.  Also the Bargain Cave at Cabelas.  But as I said, it's not really necessary for modern at least.
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