GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Marsh
Waterfowl hunting is done in a high contrast environment. Skylight from the horizon or light reflected from the water surface will shine through gaps in rushes, creating concentrated light spots. GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber pattern is high in contrast to be consistent with the environment and includes elements that are light in color and elements that are darker in color.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh pattern is designed for layout and blind hunting in the marsh, standing crops, or cut stubble fields. While most patterns are designed as though the bird is on the ground looking at the hunter, the GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Waterfowl Marsh pattern takes into account with a swirling effect that the birds are usually above the hunter in flight, and are in constant motion. The optimal engagement distance is between 35 yards and 45 degrees and steeper angles.
GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Timber
The GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber pattern takes into account how ducks, geese and other waterfowl see. Rather than mimicry patterns that make the hunter look like something, the Waterfowl digital concealment pattern is intended is to make the hunter appear to be “nothing” to the animal.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber is optimized for engagement distances of 10 to 40 yards in the darker environments of the flooded timber. Because the water reflects both the brightness of the sky and dark underside of the canopy, the pattern displays areas of high contrast. But as a bird moves along its glide path closer to the hunter, its environment darkens, thus the pattern’s overall dark and lower contrast appearance.
Dave Smith lives and hunts in the mecca of goose hunting — the Northwest Permit Zone in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. There are a dozen different species flapping high overhead, some barely visible under a typically wet Oregon sky. But plenty of geese doesn't mean it's a picnic. This is the most tightly regulated goose hunting in the country, where hunters have to pass a tricky bird identification test before entering the field, and cannot hunt the prime times of sunrise and sunset. The birds are uncharacteristically cagy, and you do not, under any circumstances, want to accidentally shoot the wrong species and thereby harm a population that does not need to be managed.
“We had the geese, and everyone was trying to figure out how to hunt them. I saw it as an opportunity. Guys would come out here from other great goose hunting states to show us how the pros do it, and they would get their asses handed to them by these geese.”
He tested dozens of calls and concealment patterns and felt like he'd found solid solutions, but it wasn't enough. The key to being successful with these birds would be in the decoys.
It took years of experimentation with every decoy he could get his hands on to attract birds at all, and then years of refining to maybe sometimes bring in shootable birds. At some point, he threw up his hands in defeat and started making his own, trying “to sculpt an accurate goose for hunting the valley.” He only planned on making a few for his friends and hunting partners, but they were so successful that he started guiding hunts (he had the secret-weapon decoy, after all) until the demand for his decoys turned into a successful business.
Highly specialized for the kill hole environment, the Fahrenheit Jacket is a windproof insulating mid layer. Mapped for moisture management with Primaloft® down blend from elbow to elbow and fully synthetic Primaloft® through the forearms.
Built with a 100% windproof WINDSTOPPER® membrane and a soft Berber fleece backer, the Dakota Hoody functions both as an outer layer and a cozy insulator to be stacked under a shell. A built-in zippered hand muff keeps your digits warm, while the fitted hood delivers warmth without compromising the peripheral vision or range of motion needed to keep tabs on a swirling flock.
Sharply focused in concept and design, the Layout Jacket’s every feature is optimized for the layout blind. The waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® construction is backed by body-mapped Primaloft® insulation, and reinforced in the elbows and forearms for maneuvering in corn stubble. Sitka Ground Shield Insulation keeps cold spots from developing at points that contact the frozen earth.
An innovative glove sold in singles (not pairs) the Caller’s Glove lets you keep one hand free for better calling and trigger control. Between waves, keep your trigger hand warm in the highly insulated, Berber-lined hand muff, which is bonded to the back of an ultra-warm GORE-TEX® glove. NOTE: Right-handed shooters will need to purchase the left-handed glove, and vice versa.
* Unavailable Items are expected to arrive June 2017