There are few things that can cause dissent among friends and fellow hunters than the topic of which camo is best. It seems an endless argument, but by the time you finish reading this, I'm sure you'll all agree on the answer.
Let's start by looking at some of the most popular brands and patterns. We can't look at them all, because the statistics that I just made up show there are around 10,000 camo patterns for sale at this time. Once again, while some of you may be upset that I overlooked your favorite brand, keep reading so that you, too, can help settle the argument.
1. Mossy Oak Obessesion
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Mossy Oak Obsession is by far the most prevalent camo pattern in the Spring turkey woods. It is without a doubt one the most versatile patterns for brightly colored surroundings including the early fall bowhunting woods. Obsession is so popular and effective that has been adopted by the National Wild Turkey Federation as their official camouflage.
The question we're looking at isn't about effectiveness or popularity. It's simply about which is BEST.
2. RealTree Xtra
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RealTree has been around since 1986 when founder, Bill Jordan, introduced it at the SHOT Show that year. Over the years, Real Tree has developed numerous patterns and still is one of the top brands on the market. The RealTree Xtra pattern can be found on various products (through the Real Tree licensing program) including Hoyt Archery bows.
Once again, longevity isn't what we're talking about either.
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Treezyn is a fairly new arrival to the camo market. Founded by avid bowhunter, John "Cobb" Sanders, Treezyn has seen a steady growth in popularity. It is widely available through local stores as well as online. The unique pattern lends itself to easily blending with your surroundings and allows the hunter to remain concealed.
Treezyn's slogan of "Don't just blend, become" does give us our first hint of the best camo available.
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Sitka Gear was founded in 2005 in an effort to bridge the gap between mountaineering, hunting and climbing. According to their website, the idea for Sitka Gear was spawned during an elk hunt after a 3000 foot climb in the middle of snow flurries and "driving sleet".
Anyone reading about it's founding will want to hit the mountains, but even a hard-core story doesn't make you the best.
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Elusion camo is veteran-owned and brags about their absflection technology. I know you're asking, "What in the world did he just say?" Absflection is the ability to absorb and reflect light just like nature. They also boast that they have no repeating pattern, so it's easier to blend.
As a vet, I love to support other veteran-owned companies. However, I still doubt that even with cool sounding technology, Elusion can claim to be the best.
Okay, I'm sure by now many of you are red-eared with disbelief that I would bring doubt on your favorite brand or even worse, leave them off the list. However, I think it may be time to bring an end to the age old question. It's time to end all of the squabbles about the best camo. It's time to settle the arguments.
So, what is the best? Well, to find out let's go back to one of the greatest bowhunters of the last 100 years, Fred Bear. In Fred Bear's 10 Commandments of Hunting, he states that the best form of camouflage is to "sit down and be quiet".
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Will this actually end the fights and quarrels? Of course not, that's part of the camaraderie of hunters. Kind of like which truck is best or which is the best brand of bow? While we can still argue and make snide remarks, who among us will argue with Fred Bear?
Something tells me if you tried, you know what you'd be told..."Sit down and be quiet".