Why have camo patterns gotten so complicated?

There are a bunch of camo patterns out there. I think I have stuff in most of ‘em. In fact, I probably wear eight or nine different patterns every time I go hunting.

I can’t seem to find a camo pattern I like. There are about a hundred different ones out there, but all that new stuff is basically just glorified floral patterns. It might do well in the deep woods of the northeast or the swamps down in the south, but the forests and sagebrush plains out here in Wyoming need a different type of camo.

I used to love the old brown blob pattern that’s been around since World War II. That stuff’s hard to find anymore, though. You can still get it in the surplus shops, but there isn’t much of the new, high-tech equipment in that old World War II pattern. So I just have to settle for the new stuff.

Unfortunately, I’ve never had enough cash to buy a whole outfit in one pattern, and it’s not always easy to find the same one the next time I can get a new piece of gear. Because of that, my hunting outfit is a hodge-podge of different patterns. I’m never going to win any hunting fashion contests.

I’ve found a few patterns that seem to be pretty good, though. The ones I like the best are the ones that stick to the strategies of the World War II stuff – they have big blotches of dramatically different colors. It’s those large patches that break up your image. The micro-pattern stuff just makes you look like a human-shaped object from a distance of more than a hundred feet.

But camo isn’t the secret to successful hunting. It really doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, as long as you can sit still when you need to and use the wind to your advantage.

So don’t worry about what you’re wearing. Just make sure whatever you’re wearing is downwind of the critters and that it isn’t making any unnecessary moves when those critters are looking your way.

If you stick to the basics, you don’t have to have the latest, greatest camo.