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.
Field Hudnall is a champion waterfowl caller. Of the 106 duck and goose calling competitions he’s competed in since 2000, he has won or placed in the top five a whopping 95 times. Among other honors, he is a two-time World Goose Calling Champion, and a two-time International Invitational Goose Calling Champion, and a World Live Duck Calling Champion.
So what leads a man to become one of the most successful duck and goose callers to ever take the stage? He fell in love with waterfowl hunting.
“It started as a camaraderie between my brother [fellow SITKA Athlete Clay Hudnall], my dad, and myself. It was just about family time, because I can assure you, where we were—a small lake in Kentucky—the hunting was not good. It was actually awful.”
The lack of birds couldn’t keep the Hudnalls out of the blind growing up, and neither could the lack of comfortable gear.
“Fireman hip boots were waterproof, and those were our waders,” he recalls. “Imagine a thirteen-year-old wearing steel-toe, size thirteen fireman boots that weigh fifty pounds apiece, going into the water.”
But that didn’t slow either brother down. And once they grew up a bit and began venturing out into new territory, the conditions improved, and the addictive thrill of hunting made a permanent impression.
“There’s nothing else that’s ever given us that adrenaline rush,” Field says. “In high school, we never got caught up in drugs or any of that stuff, because I’ve always said if there’s an adrenaline rush that’s stronger than a mallard back flapping or a Canada goose coming in, I couldn’t handle it.”
He entered his first calling contest in his late teens, and took second place. “That’s when I got bit by the bug,” he says.
When we asked him how he’s been so successful in so many competitions he said, “I don’t know. I guess I just got lucky in a lot of them. There’s a lot better callers out there than me, that’s for sure.”
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, you’ll stay warm no matter how wet it gets.
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.