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.
Waterfowl hunting has been Sitka Athlete Jeff Watt's passion for longer than he can remember. Growing up in Missouri, which straddles the Central and Mississippi flyways, Jeff is smack in the middle of some of the best duck and goose hunting in the world.
It took just a single first outing to hook Jeff on waterfowl hunting for life. Spending countless hours learning to blow a duck call, it was only natural to begin competing in local contests. He would win several and eventually compete in the World Duck Calling Championships from 1987-1991. Though not much “contest calling” is used in the field, proficiency with a duck has always helped Jeff fill limits. Whether on the open marsh or in the woods, Watt laments that watching mallards come to a call is one of the most spectacular sights in the world.
Jeff is fortunate enough to be a co-owner of a couple productive spots that allow both open marsh and timber to hunt in. Since the season only lasts 60 days, when the ducks finally arrive Watt and his friends are in hot pursuit. At times like these, inferior waterfowl gear can make the difference between a filled limit and a miserable day.
Originally, Jeff relied on Sitka Gear's skin to shell layering system on big game hunts throughout the west. Because his vast experience and extensive field testing, our design team holds Watt’s input in extremely high regard. It’s with his help that we’re proud to challenge the common problems waterfowlers face head on.
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.