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Camouflage for turkeys

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Was wondering if anybody could tell me what a good matching camo pattern would be for Fillmore county? I am going to be on the edge of some woods setup by a field (mostly oak). Is one pattern better than another? Just don't mix, go with one pattern right? I've got a couple to pick from so far, mossy oak (too brown imo)realtree and realtree hardwoods. I will be scouting before hunting so I could go match things up then but was wondering if people had advice from past experience. I don't want to be making camo purchases at the last minute if I needed to. I am hunting the first week of May if that helps.

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I use the same camo clothes turkey hunting in the spring that I wear deer hunting in the fall. Minus the scentlok.

It's not so mutch the pattern, as it is keeping your movement to a minimum.

Good luck on your hunt.

huntmup

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If you are going to be set up by sitting with your back against a tree mixing patterns has a certain advantage. Use a bark pattern on your upper body and a leaf pattern below the waist. Avoid white sox visible above your boots and light colored boot soles. Also cover you face, hands, and neck. Leave the shiny watch and jewelry at home, if you wear glasses avoid wire rims that can be reflective. If your shotgun is blued, you can dull it down with a gun sleeve or by using a face camo make up kit.

As huntmup mentioned the easiest way to get busted is by movement. There are a couple of cheap light weight blinds that will set up in seconds and still allow you to have good mobility if you are going to be doing some walking.

A good seat will help keep you comfortable, dry, and still. A foam pad is good for a short sit but if you need to stay put longer, a seat with a foldable set of legs can be your best friend for a longer sit.

If you are runnin and gunnin' the ridges in bluff country chasin gobbles, light weight is key. But if you are hunting a small area, concealment and patience are the ticket.

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I see no issue in mixing camo patterns either. Includes hat, head net, shirt and pants. Something with a little green may help later in the season.

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I forget to add that staying out of direct sunlight is important. Always try to set up on the shaded side of a tree or set up back from a field edge as far as practible.

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I like the new seclusion 3D. It has browns and greens which are all over the woods in early may.

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In May down there, you will be seeing a lot mroe green (hopefully). I like Mossy Oak Breakup personally, but any good, all season camo will work. Just remeber not to move! I have had turkey bust me for blinking (no kidding). If you can find any, I really like Mossy Oak ShadowLeaf for turkey hunting. It doesn't seem like you can find it anywhere thoug.

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I'd stick with what you've got unless you're uncomfortable with how it conceals you.

I agree wholeheartedly with the thought that the best camo in the world won't hide a moving turkey hunter.

That said, I look for something that has browns, greys, and very little green in the early season. Then for later season, something that's quite a bit more green. I use Predator fall brown early, and Predator Spring Green for later season, but have had good luck with Advantage Timber as a good all around pattern.

You really want to be careful with some of the Mossy Oak patterns come later season, unless sitting primarily against trees. Many of these patterns have the tendency to be far too dark (esp. when wet!) against the bright spring greens that we're often sitting against.

It's all about confidence, just like favorite lures. Often it's the confidence level and the way you hunt in one product over another that makes it what it is.

Joel

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