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COYOTE HUNTING: CAMOUFLAGE

When you're hunting one of nature's most cunning and resourcful hunters. A quarry that has about the best set of eyes for spotting out-of-the-ordinary objects at long distances and, even the slightest of movements. I like to think that I'm going to do everything I can to put 'advantage' back to a more even state. As such, camo clothing almost becomes a must.

I will admit though, that on one or more occaisions throughout my coyote hunting "career," I have hastily went out on an evening stand after work not fully clothed in camo and still been successful. I've even forgot to pack camo britches at least once on an overnight hunting trip and not thwarted my efforts of calling in dogs. But as a general rule, I always wear camo when hunting coyotes.

While I have been told that coyotes, unlike most humans, are colorblind. I can't say for fact one way or another. But even if they are, blending as much as possible with the muted colors as shades of grey in your hunting surroundings are to your benefit. I do know --as a non-colorblind human-- that many camouflage patterns blend so well that if one does not pay attention closely, hunting partners can have great fun in hide-and-scare-the-crap-out-of their partners games. (One particular turkey hunting trip found me and a couple of other guys testing each others eyesight and pulse rates a few years ago.) But nonetheless, as a connoissuer of black and white photography for many years now. The same principles do apply in black and white as well as in color when it comes to blending in. This can be proven photographically too.

The factor that saves wrecking your monthly budget is that you don't have to buy so many sets of camouflage that you'll perfectly match any surroundings. Lord knows that my camo color combinations don't match each other, muchless anything else. But they come close enough that if I'm using the shaded side of trees or shrubs when I take my stand, I don't stick out like a sore thumb to the coyote. Eg: no bare skin (face nor hands), no bright colors or shiny objects on clothing.

As you'll be able to see from many of the pictures associated on the following pages, the majority of the camo that I use is woodland types. Even though I hunt what is considered desert country. There is enough sagebrush, scrub juniper and, pinon pine that I can usually blend into the shadows pretty well. One pair of camo britches are now faded from several years of use and blend better with the light browns and greens of the actual dirt and grasses around here, should part of me be lighted by midday sun. Many times my gloves that I cover my hands with are only light cotton in dark brown or dark green coloring. But the flash of human skintone is then never present to the eagle-eye coyote.

Photo of author and freshly taken coyote.All of my hunting clothes get washed with non-brightening, non-UV enhancing detergents too.

While I have hunted coyotes in comfortable old levis with only a camo longsleeved shirt and with or without camo vest or coat in cooler weather. I've ensured that my levis haven't been illuminated by direct sunlight on the stand when I've accidentally (or otherwise) gone out in this state of dress. I can only relate the usefulness and value of camo clothing to the occaisional puzzeled looks that I get from coyotes that come in very, very close. Look straight at me for long periods of time. Knowing full well that something isn't right, but they just don't know what they're looking at. Much like the puzzled stares of the actors in the movie, Predator. And as long as the coyote doesn't make my human scent, and they've sat down right beside me a few times, I can only be further convinced that camo does indeed have a great value in giving me an advantage in the natural hunting environment as that of the coyote.

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