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Being new to hunting, I plan on getting out as soon as the bow season starts in the fall. After my first trial and error season, i understand the importance of being quiet. What does everyone use camo jeans and a button up camo henly in the fall when its still kinda of warm? How about in winter, is fleece the best way to go for noise and warmth or should I spend the money for one of those scent blocker suits?

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Well everyone is different so you will get different answers. For me Scent-lock suits is not that big a deal, I don't use them I use a good scent away spray and cover scent.. fleece and wool is the warmiest in the winter, fleece is also the quietiest fabric out there for hunting. Checkout some of the tips of the day and you can find other stuff to help you out. Some might say go for the scent-lock suiets,sprays, and put your tree stand up passed 20feet. If you play the wind, wash with scent away soap, clean your clothes with baking soda, and rub dirt/pine niddles on you when you get to your tree stand. The American Indians did not have Scent-lock suiets, scent away sprays, or cover scent in a bottle and they Hunted to live.


P.S. what zone are you in? September is the start for my zone 10 and someothers.
 

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What does everyone use camo jeans and a button up camo henly
Probably gonna be too warm. I would get a set of lightweight, BDU type pants and a comparable shirt. Dress in layers on colder mornings so you can take a layer off when the sun comes up.
 

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I bought the savannah suit for the early fall and love it. Like the girl from underall's said. "It's like I'm not wearing anything at all." The rest of the time I wear scent-lok. Not that is does or doesn't work, but If you have to buy something might as well get what gives you confidence, and comes in perfect patterns. Just layer up according to the temp. I like silk and wool myself.
 

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I wouldnt go with jeans...The fabric is a little noise and donst breath well in the warmer weather...In the early season I use BDU style pants and a light long sleave T-shirt...When it gets cooler I use a heavier chamie set of bibs and fleace jacket...Cold weather I use a heavy set of bibs and heavy parka...Most times I dont use the parka just the bibs for bowstring clearance....I also use a scent loc top and bottom under everything....Scent controll should be your # 1 concern...I wash all my cltoths with scent away and I keep them stored in a tupper wear tub...I also dont get dressed until I reach my hunting area....During the early season I will usally wear shorts and a t-shirt out to my stand and change in the woods...I also try and shower before I go out...Sometimes I cant when I hunt straight from work[down] I also use a good cover scent
 

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Just remember that after too many washing camo will begin to get too bright, time to throw it out....
NO STOP don't throw them away... They have a UV blocker/Camo repair wash that really works. You don't have to throw away anything.
 

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Get some simple 6bpocket pants and a light jacket fdor early season. Late season look into insulated bibs/parka or a coverall.

I use cabela's microtex in the early/mid season. Its very quiet and in a luight rain it doesnt soak through.
 

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Just a tip for you guys washing out your camo. Turn it inside out when it goes in the washer and dryer and it lasts much longer than if you wash it right side out.

Military style bdu's are great for early season, and fleece is one of the best fabrics for bowhunting.

Its always best to dress in layers that you can easily take on and off. (even with your safety harness on) Which means they have to be full zip in the front. Start with a moisture wicking base, like polypropelene, and work your way out to something like fleece or wool. Dont forget your head, feet and hands, the warmer you keep them, the longer you stay on stand.

One last important note, practice with all your clothing on to make sure your reference points dont change. Some clothing will snag the bowstring, or prevent you from feeling a kisser, or release aid trigger, etc,.

Best of luck---Matt:)
 

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Where can I find a store that sells the bdu's? And how do you guys combat early season insects, etc...
 

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Cabelas carries BDU's, so does your local army surplus store.

You can also try ebay for the new digital cammies that the marine corps wears. If you get the real thing, they are a really tough, and well thought out set of clothes.

Ramseys and walmart might sell something similar to bdu's as well....and may offer it in camos like mossy oak or realtree.

Bugs dont bother me too much, but when its really bad, I use No-stinkin-bugs by robinsons laboratories. That stuff works pretty well, and has either no scent, or earth cover scent.

You can also look into a thermacell...its not a lotion or spray, it sits on your stand, or hung on a branch and supposedly drives the bugs away real well. Ive never used one, but some people swear by them.
 

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You should check out Harry's Army Navy Store they have a big sale Bowhunter's Bonanza starting on July 30 - August 21. Located in Robbinsville, NJ on Route 130. Usually they have some good prices. For bug spray use Permanone spray, spray your clothes 24-48 in advance lasts about two weeks. Do not get on your skin, it contains about 10% deet.
 

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The site for the digital bdus only sells to Law enforcement or military.

Thanks for the link anyway.

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When I called them one day, they said that they would sell to civilians, but they don't advertise it.
Last week I ordered 2 sets of digital camys and was never asked on the internet order form " where I worked " The stuff came in 5 days.Good quality too. The digital pattern may look strange, but it works on deer. I used it last year with great success.
 

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The Permanone spray is the best. I watched a taxidermist put a dozen ticks in a gl [no swearing please] ash tray, then put 1 drop of Permanone Spray in the center. They went crazy trying to get out of the ash tray !
Spray your hat and headnet or face mask to keep the the mosquitoes from buzzing around.That trick even worked on the No-See-Ums in Maine on my last bear hunt.And it really helps with the Chiggers.
 

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I used Digital shirt and pants in the early season. Then switched to a heavy fleece coat when it got colder. I wore an Scent Loc suit under everything.I picked up a camo jacket last year that was fleece with gore tex. Great till it droped into the single digits temperature wise. It got real noisy. The gore tex liner stiffened up.
 
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