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Sports Page
(515) 232-4111
North Grand Mall
Ames, IA
Championship Productions
(515) 232-3687
2730 Graham St
Ames, IA
Martial Arts Unlimited
(515) 451-9794
6136 Frederiksen Ct
Ames, IA

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(563) 441-7500
Shops on 53rd and Elmore
Davenport, IA
Dick's Sporting Goods
(319) 287-5722
Crossroad Commons
Waterloo, IA
Jax Outdoor Gear
(515) 292-2276
4723 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Main Street Sportscards
(515) 233-5002
305 Main St
Ames, IA
Dick's Sporting Goods
(319) 743-3066
4601 1st Ave Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Dick's Sporting Goods
(563) 557-6130
Kennedy Mall
Dubuque, IA
Harrison's Sports
(515) 256-1669
1111 E Army Post Rd Ste 100
Des Moines, IA
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Gettin' Hidden: A Camouflage and Concealment Guide

Big game hunting and camouflage go hand in hand. However, there seems to be a myth in many a hunting camp that by pulling on a pair of camouflage pants and jacket you instantly become invisible. Unfortunately, such is not the case. There's actually more to becoming totally concealed than simply wearing camouflage.

In reality, camouflage doesn't make you invisible. Instead, it creates a visual illusion that helps break up your outline or body form. Today's high-tech camouflage patterns are also designed to help you blend in and become part of the natural landscape, which further adds to the visual illusion.

Picking a Pattern
Some camouflage patterns are better at breaking up your outline and helping you blend in than others. The most effective patterns are those that feature a variety of contrasting earth tone colors and natural shapes to create an open, irregular and realistic effect. The openness of a pattern allows it to be equally effective at both close and long ranges. While tight patterns with uniform markings look good in your hand, chances are when viewed from longer ranges they'll blend together to create an obvious blob, which makes the pattern ineffective for hunting.

In the past few years, camouflage manufactures have taken camouflage to another level by adding counter shading to their patterns. This unique shading process increases the shape and color contrast of the camouflage pattern. The result is a long and short range three-dimensional illusion that is so realistic you'd think you could reach right through the pattern.

There are a number of camouflage patterns currently available. Some are designed for use in multiple terrains while others are designed for specific situations. One pattern may blend in perfectly in woodlots, hardwood forests, swamps and rocky regions, while another pattern may only be suitable for hunting the edges of corn or stubble fields. Some patterns such as snow patterns or leafy green patterns are season specific, while other patterns have neutral schemes, which allow you to hunt under an array of seasonal conditions. Therefore, when selecting a camouflage pattern, you must keep in mind where and when you'll be hunting.

Changing Patterns
In most areas of North America most big game hunting seasons are quite long. As the season unfolds, you'll find yourself hunting in a variety of situations. For example, in one season you could encounter trees in full foliage with green leaves, trees covered in colored leaves, trees without leaves and possibly snow-covered ground. Therefore, to get the most benefit from camouflage and the best visual illusion, you may need to have several different camouflage patterns in your closet.

During the early bow season, you'll need a pattern comprised mainly of green hues. Then as the leaves start to change color, you'll need to switch over to a pattern that is a mix of greens and browns. Later in the year, when you're muzzleloader or rifle hunt...

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Inexpensive Camo

Al Siebert

I'm always looking for the most inexpensive ideas. Having 2 boys that I love to take hunting I found the cheapest camo is to buy sweat pants/shirts and throw them over jeans/shirt, shorts/tee shirt or right over your boxers just depending on the season.

Scent control is always key, so adding your scent spray to both the sweats and your first layer is important. Sweat pants usually cost around $15 and sweat shirt another $10 plus one scent spray container, $15 which is enough to last a few days on 3 people. I can outfit myself and the boys for $75. That sure beats paying $100 plus for one pair of camos just to have them or me outgrow them in one season....

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ShadowShield Predator Blind Review

I began hunting in the 1980's and camouflage choices basically consisted of military camo or the original Treebark® pattern. Although both helped in certain situations, I spent many hours in the woods thinking about how to hide better. The trees, the forest floor and the brush piles all had their own unique colors. The idea of having to be right next to a tree to blend in was too limiting. That's when two ideas came to me. First I thought, if only there was a way to take a photograph of a habitat and apply that image to the clothing. The modern camouflage revolution and vast array of photo-realistic patterns remind me every day that I missed the gravy train on that one. The other idea was to use a mirror. If a large mirror could somehow be held up in front of a hunter, the image seen by an approaching animal would exactly match that of the surroundings. Although the idea was promising, several problems troubled me. How do you carry a mirror big enough to hide behind but light enough to actually use? What about the sun's glare? How do you keep the approaching animal from seeing itself?

I was recently introduced to The ShadowShield, a line of portable, mirrored blinds. I have to admit when I first heard about them, I had those same feelings about missing the gravy train but when I got my hands on the Predator version I was excited to find out if it worked as good as it sounded and how the inventor, Steve Prock, overcame my twenty-year-old questions.

The Predator version of The ShadowShield is a three-piece design intended for stationary hunting. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the old-fashioned "military" camouflage pattern on the carrying case. This was actually a plus in my book, as it meant that Steve wasn't wasting money paying licensing fees for fancy camouflage on a carrying case. After all, it is just a carrying case and less cost for him means less cost for the consumer. He didn't however skimp on the construction of the case. It is made of heavy duty material that secures the blind and protects it against damage. Thick, nylon straps with sturdy buckles are used to close the case and for the attached, adjustable shoulder straps. With a weight of only 5 lbs., The ShadowShield Predator blind is carried comfortably as a backpack and almost forgotten until you are ready to use it.

As with most people, I will not use a product very often that is difficult to setup. The ShadowShield Predator couldn't be much easier. The three rectangular, mirrored pieces slide together quickly by inserting the plastic male ends into the aluminum female ends. Once the base is assembled, the optional headpiece and viewing port can be attached to the top by sliding it onto the aluminum frame. To hold the blind up, a pair of "legs" is unfolded on each side. Total unpacking and assembly time: about 30 seconds. Disassembling the blind is just as easy and just as quick. For the setup-call-move, setup-call-move sequence of predator hunting, Th...

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