Disappear in the South | Best Camo Pattern for Hunting
There’s one universal truth with hunting: if you can’t hide from the game animals you pursue, you probably don’t stand much of a chance in getting one. While there are all kinds of camo patterns and types of hunting camo on the market, you need to always make sure that the one you use matches the environment you plan to hunt in. Without that critical piece of the puzzle, you could risk standing out dramatically instead of blending in flawlessly. For those who like deer hunting in the south, you need the best camo pattern for southern habitats. Using camouflage patterns made for the Midwest might be better than nothing at all, but they’re no match for BGO Gear when it comes to southern swamps and timber. In this post, we’ll look at a couple common southern habitat types and why ours is the best camo pattern for the south.
Common Southern Habitat Types
From the coastal plains of Florida and the Gulf to the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains to the western bayous of Texas and Louisiana, there is a very wide range of habitat types and vegetation across the south. That makes it a little tougher for a single best camo pattern to perform well, but here are some of the most common habitat types you will find.
- Swamps and Bottomlands – although many deer use swamps only to escape human pressure, some may choose to live there year-round. Whether you look at the vast, marshy sawgrass prairie of the Everglades, the saw palmetto-choked understories of coastal areas, or the maze-like waterways in a large cypress/tupelo swamp, swamps can actually be very productive deer areas. Very few people hunt them because they are tough and frustrating to hunt in. And in most southern swamps, you’ll have to contend with clouds of mosquitoes, poisonous snakes, and alligators. But despite those challenges, these areas usually offer a lot of food sources and security for deer and can be great areas to target.
- Pine Thickets / Plantations – if you’ve hunted in the south much at all, you are almost definitely familiar with pine thickets and plantations, such as the longleaf, loblolly, or slash pines. Densely growing pines exclude sunlight and are often very bare underneath – this may be useful to deer for escaping the heat and sunlight, but there are often no food sources in these habitats. Open canopy pine plantations (i.e., those that have been thinned) have abundant ground-level vegetation for cover and foraging, and can be hot spots for deer activity.
- Oaks and Mixed Forests – there’s not much that can top oak forests when it comes to abundant and attractive fall food sources. Live oaks are some of the most impressive southern oak species, and their dense and gnarled branching pattern offers a lot of concealment for hunters too. But there are several other common oak species you can find across the south that have good pulling power when it comes to whitetails.
The Best Camo Pattern for Them
When you’re out deer hunting during the southern rut and you want to make sure that you stay concealed, don’t put anything to chance – get the best camo for the south. But first, why is our pattern different from many other hunting camo brands, at least when it comes to these environments? There are a few reasons that make ours a better choice.
- Like any good camo pattern, ours takes its inspiration from nature. While alligator hunting in Florida, the team was amazed at how well alligators blended in, no matter which habitat they were in. They absolutely have the best all around camo pattern for disappearing in southern environments. Our southern hunting camo sports a pattern that definitely draws on that concept, and it’s probably one of the first things you notice about it.
- But the broken, rectangular pattern also resembles the bark of several mature southern tree species, including black mangrove, loblolly or slash pines, and several oak species. The color palette is pretty darn close to them too. The best camouflage pattern for any environment is one that will blend in seamlessly with the surroundings. So if you prop yourself up against a large tree (as wide as your torso, for example), your body could literally disappear to a deer’s eyes, which mostly see patterns rather than colors. That’s why it’s also the best camo pattern for deer hunting.
- Besides the best camo pattern itself, our hunting gear is made from durable fabric that is water and burr resistant to get you through an average hunt on southern ground. If you can’t stay comfortable in your hunting clothes, you won’t last long. And dense vegetation, burrs, and thorns are not kind to cheap hunting clothes. Those aren’t a problem with our hunting clothing.
You Have a Few Options
So if you want to use the best camo pattern on the best camouflage clothing for your next hunt down south, here are a few options for you. Obviously, the more concealed you are (from head to toe), the better you will usually be.
- The short sleeve tee is a good standalone option on really hot days or as a base layer on slightly cooler days. It is very breathable and helps wick your sweat away to keep you cool and your scent control efforts on target.
- The button down shirt is a great and tough outer layer when the bugs are nasty or you prefer to keep your arms more concealed (due to thorny vegetation or from a visibility standpoint).
- Our cargo pants are incredibly tough to stand up to the tough conditions we discussed earlier, but are super silent and water-repellent.
- The neck gaiter is optional, but many hunters prefer to keep themselves completely covered. The gaiter can keep the glare off your face when you’re sweating, so deer have nothing to worry about when they look your way.
So if you agree that the best camo pattern around should help you blend in anywhere you choose and you have a tendency to hunt down south more often than not, you’ve found what you’ve been looking for.