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Besides your bow and arrows, clothing is your most important consideration. Your clothing not only must protect you from the elements and rough terrain, but it also should meet these special requirements of bowhunting. Bowhunters who are comfortable and remain motionless will see more game than those who are restless because they are wearing uncomfortable clothing.

  • Low Noise: Clothing must make as little noise as possible because bowhunting is done in closer proximity to game than firearm hunting. Wool, brushed cotton, or new soft-nap synthetic clothing minimizes fabric rustling.
  • Proper Fit: Clothing that’s too tight will restrict movement when drawing a bow. Clothing that fits too loosely may catch a bowstring as you release.
Bowhunter in winter camoflage

Camouflage Gear

One of the challenges of bowhunting is getting close to the game. Ideally, you should be undetectable to your quarry. Camouflage can help. Wearing head-to-toe camouflage clothing will break up your human shape and make movement less noticeable. Select patterns that have a good contrast between light and dark colors.

  • Camouflage garments include shirts, jackets, pants, hats, gloves, boots, belts, head nets, and rain gear.
  • Most bows, arrows, quivers, and other equipment are available with camouflage finishes.
  • If you prefer not to wear camouflage head nets or gloves, camouflage face “makeup” can be applied directly to the skin.
  • Pay close attention to any shiny items on your clothing, such as a belt buckle. They usually can be dulled by a permanent black marker. Also check for any bright, reflective surfaces on your equipment, including the shiny broadheads on your arrows. This attention to detail will help you have a successful hunt.