Purposes of Camo

February 10, 2016 greg wagner

As I was rooting through my camouflaged clothing the other day in the Wagner basement/outdoor cave looking for a particular garment, some questions came to mind.

Does all of this camouflaged clothing really matter? I am using each of these? What purposes does camouflaged clothing really serve? Why do I end up wearing it much of the time yet I’m not entirely outside?

Whether for function or fashion, whether heading to the ground blind or golf course, I do not truly believe that camouflage is ever off-trend or out of style. I liken it to wearing your favorite sports jersey, band t-shirt, or any other clothes that point your image towards a certain culture or thing you enjoy.

Photo by Janelle Ford.

I’ll always have camouflaged apparel in my wardrobe, mainly because it’s the color of my warmest, most comfortable, weatherproof, field-friendly outerwear, plus I love the way it masks stains, dirt and mud.

Okay, I realize that a huge segment of the hunting industry is deeply committed to the necessity of camouflage. Yes, it’s big business, however, camouflaged clothing does give the hunter or wildlife photographer advantages.

It helps in close-quarter scenarios, like wild turkey hunting.

Photo by Greg Wagner.

Camouflage has also enabled me to get near and photograph many wildlife species. Could there be a Canada goose hiding in these hunting decoys?

Photo by Mark Davis.

Camo breaks ups our human outlines and lets us blend into those natural surroundings better.

Photo by Mark Davis.

I use specific camouflaged clothing patterns in different environments, at different times, and for pursuing different wildlife species.

Photo by Jo Momsen.

Nebraska’s ever-changing seasons, weather and foliage conditions, as well as the state’s vast array of landscapes and habitats, dictate that, not to mention the need to hide my lighter complexion.

Photo by Andre Shousha.

So you see, an outdoor enthusiast cannot have too much camo, right? My wife would argue that point.

Hey, for fun, can you guess how many different camo patterns of mine are shown in the photo below?

Photo by Greg Wagner.

Answer: 34.  And, that’s not my entire collection! I own over 60 different patterns of camouflage clothing! Pretty amazing, huh? It is a source of enjoyment collecting, wearing and using the mix of camouflaged patterns I possess.

Wearing camouflaged clothing though actually goes far beyond the clothing.

Nearly everywhere I go during the course of my daily travels, part of my attire will most likely be camo. Why? I don on it it to defeat the negative stereotypes and implied biases it evokes, and to promote the hands-on conservation lifestyle that I enjoy.

Wearing camouflaged clothing allows for the initiation of some very interesting conversations about hunting.

Wearing camouflage clothing allows me to enthusiastically convey my deep appreciation and knowledge of wildlife, for both game and nongame species.

Wearing camouflaged clothing allows me to explain why hunting is critical as a wildlife management tool and the role it plays in biodiversity.

Wearing camouflage clothing allows me to explain the many contributions that hunters, like myself, make toward wildlife conservation, protection, research, habitat enhancement, and to our  economy.

Wearing camouflage clothing allows me share tasteful stories and photos of hunting adventures with friends and family.

Photo by Greg Wagner.

Wearing camouflage clothing allows me to rave about the purest, healthiest main meal course available to the American public: Wild game!

Photo by Greg Wagner.

One of my objectives in wearing camo is to make hunting accessible to non-hunters and those curious about the lifestyle. I want to make hunting something that is inviting and pleasant for non-hunters to discuss in any given setting.

Wearing camo causes me to take a moment to reflect on how I can best advance the case for our hunting culture in the wider community.

Photo by J.J. Herkenrath.

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