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How come folks on safaris (Africa, New Zealand, for example) don't wear camo? Mainly you see them wearing bush shirts and shorts, almost never wearing camo. Here in the states, most of us wouldn't consider going on a hunt without camoflauge. Anyone have a opinion on why this is?

My observations regarding safaris are limited to the tv shows, fwiw.
 

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From what I was told when I asked the same question to a couple people i know who have gone to africa...Most of the poachers wear camo which poachers are shot on sight...Pretty severe crime over there

So they prefer Safari hunters not wear camo

So I was told.....Not sure how much truth there is to that...
 

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This is just my opinion, but here it is. The American hunter has been sold the idea that camo is essential to successful hunting. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on it each year. However, the truth be known, more game has been killed wearing a t-shirt and jeans than anything else. If you watch any hunting show filmed outside of the U.S., rarely are they sporting anything other what they would normally wear for the weather conditions. I believe your scent will bust you 1000 times more often than the color of your clothes. Bill Jordan would have you believe otherwise.
 

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Sturge has it dead on. The answer is American marketing and the urge for Amercian hunters to buy any gadget that supposedly helps them kill more game. :rolleyes:

The same goes for scent proofing. As long as anyone is breathing, game will scent them if the person is upwind.

Someday, pick up a quail and hold it to your nose. You'll see there is no or little odor to YOUR sense of smell. Yet given the right wind direction, a bird dog will smell that quail from many yards away. -TONY
 

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I don't think scent elimination is possible. More like scent reduction, at best.
 

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i have some swedish hunting magazines here...

looking at the ads & hunting pics it seems as though about 1/3 use plain forest green, 1/3 use camo and 1/3 use dark non-hunting-specific clothes (like a blue sweatshirt over jeans)

and there seems to be occasional but not universal orange trim on the hat or sleeves.

http://www.swedteam.com/
http://www.jaktmarken.com/
http://www.pinewood.se/
are some examples i just saw in ads

one article on hunting deer (true small deer, as opposed to the moose they call elk) recommended camo clothing.

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it is often said that camo is not for catching deer, its for catching deer hunters. (I guess the same is true for Moose)
 
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