Camouflage clothing is essential for waterfowl hunting unless you’ve got a good blind that keeps you entirely hidden.
Wear clothes and waders that match the vegetation or ground cover where you hunt. But camouflage can’t work miracles, you also need to use employ some tactics of stealth when trying to get wary ducks or geese into shotgun range. Use a backdrop when you can, such as a large tree trunk. Keep a low profile at all times, except when you rise to shoot. Avoid nylon and acrylic clothes that have a shine to them.
Keep your face low and covered with a mask or face paint when watching circling birds. Check your hunting partners to make sure they aren’t making clothing mistakes. If your buddy is wearing a reversible hunting jacket with hunter’s orange on the inside, make sure none of the orange is showing around the collar or cuffs. Avoid horizontal lines. A set of horizontally oriented shoulders in a stand of vertical cattails can easily give you away.
Waterfowl “blinds” come in myriad forms, from simple painter’s suits for field hunting in the snow to expensive and elaborate layout boats for hunting diver ducks on vast ocean bays. Here are a handful of options to consider when trying to vanish from the prying eyes of waterfowl.