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 Marsh 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.
A couple decades ago, the sport of waterfowl hunting existed as a few scattered pockets of guys who’d go out when they could and shoot birds on the wing. They would set up blinds by hunch, made calls by tradition, and used cut tires and trash bags for decoys. No one really understood bird behavior. Sometimes the ducks came in, and sometimes they just turned on the afterburners and were gone: that’s just how it was.
But starting in the late ’80s, a small core of dedicated hunters began collecting data that ended up revolutionizing the sport, and Sitka Athlete George Lynch was among them.
Practicing a methodical approach to waterfowl research, George was able to present in-depth studies of birds and their interactions with decoys, decoy placements, calls, wind directions and speeds. These results were unparalleled for the time.
“You need ten plot points to see a trend,” George explains, “so I started testing theories, spending as many days as possible behind the glass and in the field, watching and recording the social interaction of various family groups and their evolving annual behaviors. Studying the data, patterns emerged that opened my eyes, and it was time to start educating others.”
As his waterfowl reputation grew, George scored a book-publishing offer, but when that deal fell through, he generously passed his manuscript around and some of his findings were quickly adopted by his peers, as well as a few decoy and duck call companies.
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.