View Full Version : Is it normal practice to use face camo while bowhunting deer from the ground ?
I just started bow hunting Whitetail deer last year and was told I should use a camo mask or paint my face.
Anyone have an opinion on this?
09-13-2011, 06:49 PM
jafa, welcome to the forum. hunting is a funny sport because there are a lot of things you can do and your buddy may not agree with any of them. I feel that you need to do what makes you feel confident. I don't use face paint or masks, but I can make a good argument for doing so. Ideally you want to break up your outline as much as possible, and face paint and masks can hide some of the natural glare from your skin. If you want to see what a difference it can make, have a friend go out in to the woods with you and take a picture of you in your stand and see if you like what you see (or don't see). Good luck
09-13-2011, 07:08 PM
face paint and masks can hide some of the natural glare from your skin.
Exactly right, and it makes any movement more obvious too. I think its more important for stalking since you are moving around a lot more but I'm not so sure about hunting in a tree stand. The problem is we cant hit the 'rewind button' and see if it really made a difference or not.
Face paint is more comfortable but a mask is so much easier.
09-13-2011, 07:51 PM
i dont use either for the purpose of camo. i'll wear a head covering on the cool morning to keep my ears warm. otherwise its just a hat. if im stalking a deer,i stay low to the ground close to trees,brush,etc. and keep my bow in front of my face as much as possible. ive taken many deer doing it this way. move slow when the deer arent looking at you.
09-13-2011, 08:31 PM
I used cloth face masks for years but got tired of having that can't breath feeling with my nose squashed and ears bent in from tight face masks. So I bought that Carbo face paint this season. On the second day of my Muley hunt I didn't have time to put it on as a Buck happened to cross my path. I killed him that day without any mask on. I paid attention to the wind, tried to make the less possible noise, I only moved when the wind moved the surrounding brush and grass and I ended up killing my Buck at 20 yards. I made sure that I had objects blocking the deers view of me making the stalk in toward him. If I can't see him, He can't see me. I wasn't prepared for him to be there at that time and location in the 85 degree weather, I had my gear in another location waiting for a ambush later on in the late afternoon.
SonnyThomas and Destroyer, you make good points; it depends on the hunter(fail or succeed it depends on my decisions)
BUT "You can't press the rewind button"
Thanks everyone for taking the time to share, I'm going to check into that camo face mask too.
09-16-2011, 05:17 PM
I am heading to Wally world tomorrow to get a camo netted face mask. Works for dimming the face and keeping the La state bird from making your face look like a small mountain range.
09-16-2011, 05:29 PM
I just picked up some of this - http://camofx.com/ - I have used a lightweight mask in the past few seasons for early on - but would like to try something different because I feel like it crowds my eyes/nose/mouth more than I would like when it is a little warmer out at times. I would say, anything you can do to break up your silhouette is a plus. If a mask or paint is going to break that up and take the glare/shin off your face - go with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
I liked the idea of the paint for this year, because there is no restriction with the paint and it wipes off pretty easy - this goes on easy with the stick form too. No need to worry about having it on your fingers after you apply.
09-22-2011, 02:52 PM
The paint is made with all natural ingriedances and you can choose up to 7 colors comes off with a rag and water is scentless,sweatproof and no glare. Bugs are attracted to warm moist smelly envirorments this is what grease and oil paints have and does cause skin alergies. Natural Camo is non allergenic can be purchased in southern Mn in some stores otherwise its purchased online shop naturalcamo.com . Good luck this season
09-22-2011, 07:18 PM
As others have said, it's a personal choice. I just do my eyes and the bridge of my nose. I have a few pretty good face masks.
09-24-2011, 06:50 AM
Ive personally not had problems with deer seeing my face from the ground. Im im quiet and the winds right, and i dont move, they are oblivious. Even when i bleat, while at full draw, at less than 30 yards, they are pretty much oblivious. I must look like the underbrush!
09-25-2011, 07:46 PM
I have gone both ways. Usually I start off with a mask and shed it as the day warms up. The deer do not seem to care either way, of course their still out there running on the mountain.(LOL) As far as that goes I have stalked up on deer without any camo on at all (not in season however). I feel more comfortable without my face mask and for me thats reason enough to go without. For me the only animals that really seem to notice are turkeys. They bust me when I forget my mask just about every time.
09-29-2011, 05:11 PM
I wear a beard during hunting seasons, hat, and a face mask, at times, staying in shadows, keeping a brush screen between you and the game helps, but mostly, move slowly. I aslo never make eye contact. :)
Had two does walk within 10 yds. by me last week, it was great. They are very slow and cautious animals.
Couldn't take them, it was bucks only.
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