Proper Camouflage for Deer Hunting

When you go hunting, you can have success wearing anything really, but it's not the best idea to try to hunt while wearing jeans and your winter coat. First, deer can see blue easily, and second, you aren't covering any of your scent. So let's talk about how to properly camouflage for success while deer hunting.

First and foremost, you need to wear hunter orange. This is for more than just looking the part. This is for your safety. Don't worry that this will compromise your ability to hide from the deer. Deer cannot see red or orange. The bright color is strictly for other hunters to be able to see you. Wearing a vest, jacket or hat with orange will be your best protection from an accidental shooting for the reason we'll discuss in the next paragraph.

Camouflage patterns are surprisingly advanced. The camo you wore hunting 20 years ago will not  conceal you as good as the latest patterns. You also have to consider where and when you will be hunting. Deer hunting in Alabama in October will require a different pattern of camo as you would wear during deer hunting season in Ohio in December. 

There are two big companies, pretty much dominating the market with their camouflage patterns: Realtree and Mossy Oak. Both companies hold patents for most of the popular patterns, that they gained by simply being the first in pushing forward new technologies. Both companies license other manufacturers with their patterns, so you can get a matching ensemble of gear without having to buy from the same company.

One helpful hint is to not buy the stuff off the clearance rack right before your hunting season. More than likely it's the wrong kind and out-of-season for what you want. If you plan ahead and want to save money, you can look on the clearance racks after deer hunting season is over, but you risk not being able to find the right size for you. A side-note on fit: wear layers of loosely-fitting clothing, not snug-fitting garments. This will allow air to move around your body, helping you stay warm, but not overheat, when trekking through the cold.

More often than not, a deer will smell you before seeing or hearing you when you’re in the tree stand. One of the most tried and true hunting tips is to play the wind when you hunt. If you’re always downwind, they can’t smell you. But sometimes you can’t avoid it. Maybe the wind’s swirling in a valley or your favorite stand can’t be approached without alerting a doe group. Either way, you need something else. Doe urine is typically a good bet because it attracts both does and bucks. Just be careful using estrus urine during a time when does would not be in heat. That's just a waste of a good resource.

Deer Urine
This highly rated deer scent is great for hunting when does are in estrus.

Looking for a place to use your brand new camo? Hidden Hollow Whitetail Ranch is Ohio’s most popular whitetail hunting ranches located in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Our whitetail hunting preserve has been designed to ensure every hunter is challenged regardless of experience. There is a prime opportunity for hunting a big whitetail buck. Our land management and genetic herd development have allowed us to produce some of the largest whitetail deer in North America.

Booking your Whitetail Deer Preserve Hunt requires an $800.00 non-refundable deposit per hunter and comes off your total price.  From our private whitetail hunting preserve to eating home-cooked meals after the hunt, we are sure you’re going to have your private deer hunt of a lifetime with us. We’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures of you and your big buck! To schedule your hunt, call Rob at 330-466-4404.