The Art of Breaking Up

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To quote Neil Sedaka, “breaking up is hard to do.” As hard as may be at home, the office or over dinner, it can even be harder if you’re hunting in a forest, along a mountain or in a clearing.

But breaking up the human outline and blending in to your surroundings is the essence of good hunting camouflage. You want to see the deer before the deer sees you.

As hunter F.C. Brake writes on the survivalist site Survival Cache, the break up is the essence of nature. Your deer or turkey is already breaking up on you: “If you want to get a great insight on blending in, just look at the animal world.  The knowledge found there is almost endless.  It still amazes me when I see a deer at the edge of a tree line and with a few simple movements it completely disappears from sight.  You can be looking right at it and not see it.”

The human face doesn’t do well against trees, rocks or meadows. It’s shiny, expressive and bobs often for no reason at all. Breaking up its pattern and keeping the light from reflecting off that skin should be your first consideration.

That’s where the right face shield comes in.

Some experts say even a black face shield is an improvement – when in doubt, black it out – especially hunting at night or in low, early morning light. That’s why a great face shield should be one of your first considerations.

Outdoor Life recently polled hunters about what they’re looking for in good face shields and other camo.

More than half (58 percent) wore camouflage routinely on their hunts. A third (36 percent) said good camo had “a lot” to do with the success of their hunts. Most importantly, more than 90 percent said they’re always looking for new camo patterns and gear to try out.

“I almost always use camo when hunting, but I also consider it only part of my concealment strategy,” one hunter wrote. “As important as it is to blend in, I believe movement to be just as important. I also believe camo to be more important when hunting at close range (like with a bow) than when at longer ranges (like open country mule deer).

“My use of camo depends on the game hunted,” another wrote. “I wear a gray hoodie hunting deer from a tree stand, but wear full body camo hunting turkey on the ground. Depends on circumstance.

“The best thing about camo is that it breaks up a hunter’s outline,” a third hunter volunteered. “The best camo in the world is rendered useless if turkey and deer see movement.”