Many hunters believe the way they dress has no effect when hunting from cover. You’re already concealed by the blind, right?
Ever wondered if your clothes are affecting your concealment in a hunting blind? Many hunters believe the way they dress has no effect when hunting from cover. You’re already concealed by the blind, right? While this is true for the most part, there are some steps you can take to make certain no alarm is raised when hunting this fall.
Wear Dark Clothes
Most quality blinds are designed with a dark or black interior. It is important to match this interior which, in most cases, means wearing dark camouflage or all black. Before running off to the store to find brand new black hunting clothes, check your current camouflage jackets and gear. Many brands line the inside of their clothes with black. In this case simply flip your coat inside-out. Dark clothes allow you to disappear into the back of your blind and can make an open window appear empty. When a buck comes into view and peers at your blind, the last thing you want him seeing is your bright shirt through an open window.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
Be comfortable. Don’t choose rough or stiff clothes that aren’t enjoyable to wear. Not only can these types of hunting clothes be uncomfortable, they can also scratch and rub together creating unwanted noise. Many experienced hunters have recommended simply wearing a black hoodie and sweatpants in a blind. These soft clothes are super quiet and will not spook nearby bucks. When the rut rolls around, and you want to be in your blind all-day long, comfortability is key.
Cover Your Face and Hands
An area overlooked by many hunters with light skin tones is the face and hands. While the rest of your body might blend into the backdrop of your blind, a bare face and hands can reflect light and become a red flag. Take precaution and cover your face with paint or a mask and wear gloves. If you’re a bowhunter, be sure not to wear a mask that disrupts your anchor point. You can also wear a single glove on your lead hand to not mess with your trigger hand.
Limit the Entrance of Light
No matter how careful you are, some light is bound to enter the blind. Therefore, a main area of focus should be to limit the amount that comes in. If light gets in, especially from behind, you become silhouetted. Although he may not be able to see you well, a buck can be spooked at the sight of a new shape. To avoid being back-lit, we recommend leaving all windows up until you plan to draw or take a shot. Take extra precaution when opening windows. Never leave two windows open at the same time and be sure to close one before opening another.
Every Banks blind is designed to offer incredible concealment of scent, visibility, and noise. We believe you could have success in our blinds hunting in your PJs while eating a pizza, but we do not recommend it. All it takes is one glimpse of light, a slight movement, or one unnatural noise to spook a whitetail. Therefore we suggest taking some time this season to dress properly when hunting from a blind, whether elevated or positioned on the ground.
Photo Credit Russ