Should You Go Camo When Hunting Predators?
Going after predators takes some skill and you need to practice and get the info you need so you don’t come back home empty handed.
Even though coyote and fox are known as predators, their vision resemblances a lot to the one of ungulates.
For instance, canines have dichromatic vision, with green-yellow and blue color cells. It seems that coyotes may also have some sort of UV sensitivity, but the debate is still out there.
There’s no doubt that predators have visual acuity that surpasses the performance of ungulates, but it’s not even close to what humans have.
The acuity of coyotes is somewhere between 20/50 and 20/100. Even though they don’t get the most intricate details, they still have a sharper eye for detail than a pig or an elk do.
What about the big cats?
If we’re taking a closer look at cats like cougar and bobcat, we notice that they have trichromatic vision. This may send you the wrong idea that cats have similar color vision to humans, as we also have three types of color cells in our cells. The situation isn’t that similar though as the three cell types in our eyes are sensitive to a good range of colors, whereas the ones in cats cover a quite narrow range.
Therefore, cat’s color vision isn’t that different from ungulates or canines, after all. To make a better understanding, cats are fine at seeing blue, but they do it poorly when it comes to seeing red. Chances are that orange looks a lot like a yellowish-green to cats too. As for the visual acuity during the day, it seems that are quite similar to coyotes when it comes to it, even though is way blurrier than humans. But, yet again, we all know how great cats are during the night, when their vision is way sharper than ours. Even though the whole is mostly black and white to cats, felines stand out for seeing so many details in low-light conditions.
Should you put on camo when hunting predators?
After all the details, the main question is if you should wear camo or not when going after predators like coyotes and bobcats.
Even though predator vision is quite similar to ungulate vision, the way you’re going after the predators counts a lot. If you’re going to use sounds mimicking its prey, a coyote is going to come closer to the source of sound, at close range, as it’s looking for the prey as well. Chances are that it’s going to search high and low for that source of noise and it’s going to notice the slightest movement or shape.
Truth be told, if you’re going to use the wind to hold your scent away from the predators, going silently and moving as little as you can be far more important than a camouflage clothing.
If your mind is still for some camo pattern anyway, try to stay away from any dark colors and blues, as they’re going to make you easier to notice against the background.
For instance, if you’re on a coyote hunting, it’s best to try some subtle patterns and some light colors for your clothing as they’re going to break your outline.