Moving Wearing Camouflage


Movement While Using Camouflage


By Gary Benton


One of the first things an eye catches when watchful is movement. Those of us who deer hunt, know we often see the deer moving way before we hear it. Animals are better tuned to spotting movement than humans, I think we've lost the skill over time, so to get near enough to get a spear thrown or an arrow into your prey may be harder than you think.

Stay low to the ground. Actually lower is better and if moving toward a feeding animal, wait until its head is down and feeding before you move. If the animal raises its head, freeze were you are, because it's very likely it will not see you. Humans are pretty much the same way, as long as your camo matches your surroundings. If the area around you is brown and you're wearing green camo, a human will spot you quickly if you move. Make you camo match the surroundings as much as possible, so you blend in better even for deer.

Most animals are colorblind, that means the don't see in the colors we do. Most see in grays, blacks and whites, and various shades of these colors. If they don't smell you, it's possible to have them come in very close to where you are. This is one reason hunters like to hunt from trees, because like most animals, deer rarely look up and while their sense of smell is excellent, winds blowing through the trees may blow hunters scent away. Let any game move to you, by locating game trails and sources of food and water.

If you must move toward an animal, do so while very low, move slowly, and if it looks in your direction do not drop, but freeze where you are. It's very likely any shots with a rifle or bow, or to throw a spear, will be done on your knees. If the animals tail flips up quickly, it's ready to bolt away from the area.





Movement Using Camouflage

Gary Benton has over 45 years of outdoor experience in camping, hiking, fishing, and other activities. He's no armchair survival man, he's walked the walk from the arctic to the desert and all the area in between. Gary has an associates degree in Search and Rescue, Survival Operations, a B.S. in Industrial Occupational safety, and all but his thesis completed for a M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
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