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  • July 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm #496600 Back to Top REPORT
    vatechhunter
    VaTechHunter

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    I have been noticing a lot of people on hunting shows not using face masks. I have always used one and also gloves, it just seems it would help a lot with concealment. I always get out and practice with my gloves and mask on well before the season starts. What are your thoughts on using face masks?
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    July 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm #533226 Back to Top REPORT
    led0321
    led0321

    Joined: 4/23/2008
    I don’t hunt without one. I use the predator facemask they have on their site and it is awesome :thumbup
    July 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm #533227 Back to Top REPORT
    forrest-carter
    Forrest Carter

    Joined: 6/23/2004
    I do. It does make a difference and also helps with warmth on cold days. Also don’t use TV to judge how you hunt… there is a big difference in pressured animals on TV. Usually. :)
    July 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm #533228 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta
    :D I use a Spando..spandex mask with both eye slit cut out…that can be pulled down below chin for normal walking…
    breaks up features and keeps bugs off head and face plus its air cooled and breathable..

    I also wear a neck camo bandanna around my neck for close stalks if needed

    July 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm #533229 Back to Top REPORT
    vatechhunter
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    I do. It does make a difference and also helps with warmth on cold days. Also don’t use TV to judge how you hunt… there is a big difference in pressured animals on TV. Usually. :)

    Oh I don’t use them to judge how I hunt, it just made me wonder. I guess they don’t use them so that they can talk to the camera and so that everyone can see their pretty faces! I also think it helps a lot with the mosquitoes and other bugs.

    2009 Reezen 6.5 camo/black | 2012 Helim camo | 2012 Z9 black | 2013 MR7 camo | 2014 Chill R tactical | Used Ovation camo/black
    July 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm #533230 Back to Top REPORT
    mofish20
    MOFish20

    Age: 36
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    i wear one, I use the lost camo one from gamehide. its super thin and lightweight. I figure every extra bit helps. doesnt interfere with anything like nocking point because its so thin. Plus, its black on the reverse for ground blind usage. Great product.

    http://www.gamehide.com/Mathews_Black_M … _p/mbf.htm

    July 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm #533231 Back to Top REPORT
    fearthebeard
    FeartheBeard

    Joined: 9/20/2010
    not a fan of the masks I know they probably help but they just arent comfortable to me I use face paint to break up my out line and I think the beard helps too, less pasty white to stick out and be busted by :^O
    July 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm #533232 Back to Top REPORT
    extremejunky
    ExtremeJunky

    Joined: 2/14/2011
    The only problem I have with a face mask is that it covers my ears and makes sound a little muffled for me, even if they are the thin spandex type any noise is muffled just a bit, I might try the one from gamehide this year and cut slits in it to prevent this, call me crazy but I dont like my ears totaly covered, even if I’m wearing a stocking cap in the stand I will roll it up by my ears, maybe thats a sign of my hearing going down the …tter :shock:
    July 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm #533233 Back to Top REPORT
    vatechhunter
    VaTechHunter

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    I have thought about trying face paint this year to see if I like it or not. I might try a mixture of both face masks and paint. Fearthebeard- Yeah you have to rock the beard! I have a beard year round, but I let it go some during hunting season.
    2009 Reezen 6.5 camo/black | 2012 Helim camo | 2012 Z9 black | 2013 MR7 camo | 2014 Chill R tactical | Used Ovation camo/black
    July 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm #533234 Back to Top REPORT
    macolos
    MACOLOS

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    I can not beleve how I ever killed so many deer with my old all white shiney grip, Black Widow bow, blue jeans, a grean plad wool shirt, tennis shoes in warm weather and an old used set of millitary boot’s #-o

    I do play the game a bit better today, (but don’t kill many more deer) but at most on my face is a small amount of camo paint to break the outline.
    I cant help but wonder how Tonto did it. :^O

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    July 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm #533235 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta

    I can not beleve how I ever killed so many deer with my old all white shiney grip, Black Widow bow, blue jeans, a grean plad wool shirt, tennis shoes in warm weather and an old used set of millitary boot’s #-o

    I do play the game a bit better today, (but don’t kill many more deer) but at most on my face is a small amount of camo paint to break the outline.
    I cant help but wonder how Tonto did it[/color:24y7ssgs]. :^O[/quote:24y7ssgs]

    :D Simple he just had his buddy the Loan Arranger shot em with his trusty Henry rifle …hellloooo :p

    July 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm #533236 Back to Top REPORT
    mdbowman
    mdbowman

    Joined: 7/15/2006
    http://forums.mathewsinc.com/images/userpix/6673_fall_2008_088jpg2_1.jpg[/img]

    I hear you got lots of spandex in the closet :whistle

    July 28, 2011 at 1:35 am #533237 Back to Top REPORT
    vtmtnman
    vtmtnman

    Joined: 5/8/2008
    I have been noticing a lot of people on hunting shows not using face masks.

    They also hunt field edges and see 140+ class buck… #-o Can’t go by TV hunting for anything.

    I use what the lord gave me,facial hair.Works fine for me.I only use a facemask for turkey hunting or when it’s insane cold out.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:55 am #533238 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

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    A lot depends on how you hunt and how much hunting pressure the game is under.

    If you hunt from a treestand, camoflaging your face and hands is less important, unless the game has learned to look up…like so many Whitetail.

    Hunting from a ground blind, camoflaging your face is critical.

    FWIW, I always use a face mask and leafy 3-D suit. How much does it help? … :smt69 … but it does break up your outline and I’ve gotten away with a lot of motion that I would have not thought possible. [=}=]

    July 28, 2011 at 3:33 am #533239 Back to Top REPORT
    buckeyebowman
    buckeyebowman

    Age: 61
    Joined: 9/9/2004

    A lot depends on how you hunt and how much hunting pressure the game is under.

    If you hunt from a treestand, camoflaging your face and hands is less important, unless the game has learned to look up…like so many Whitetail.[/color:2yyowwce]

    Hunting from a ground blind, camoflaging your face is critical.

    FWIW, I always use a face mask and leafy 3-D suit. How much does it help? … :smt69 … but it does break up your outline and I’ve gotten away with a lot of motion that I would have not thought possible. [=}=]

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    As usual, gjarcher nails it again! Last year I put up a stand in an area where I felt sure there had never been a stand before. It was just outside some impenetrable (for a human) thickets, and near an isolated stand of oaks and hickories along a lake shore. It was early in the season so the vegetation was still very thick. The morning was waning, and I hadn’t seen anything, so I decided to have a cup of coffee. Yep! You guessed it. Next thing I know crunch, crunch, crunch, and there’s a doe right in my lap! And me with my face mask off, and a full cup of coffee in my hands.

    She mumsed around a little bit, and then seemed to take great notice in the tree in which I was sitting. Now, I don’t know if she saw my stick ladder, it was on her side of the tree, but her gaze seemed to travel up the tree, and BANG! she’s staring me right in the face! I closed my eyes and listened. No blowing, no stamping, and eventually she was joined by her two yearlings. She calmed down and continued to browse, but she also continued to check me out at regular intervals. Rather than bugger up the spot I decided to stay frozen in the stand and just let them walk.

    It occurred to me later on that just because there may never have been a stand down in that particular spot, that doesn’t mean the doe never encountered, or was spooked by, a hunter in a tree stand somewhere else. So, yes indeedy folks, we’ve taught pressured whitetails to look up, so cover your face and hands!

    It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
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