A reader wonders if his air gunning will be successful without camouflage clothing

Q: I recently kitted myself out with a pre-charged airgun and, having spent much of my free time practising on paper targets, I feel that I’m a good enough shot to tackle live quarry. My only concern is that most airgun shooters wear a lot of leaf-print camouflage clothing, and it is going to take me a while to save up for a set. Is it possible to get close enough to airgun quarry such as rabbits and wood pigeon without being dressed from head to toe in camouflage clothing?

A: You are certainly right about airgun shooters liking their camouflage clothing, and I usually reach for leaf-print jacket, trousers and headnet when heading out with my air rifle. There is no denying that a camo pattern, which helps you blend in with your surroundings, will improve your concealment, but it is certainly not essential.

Keeping still is the key

I think the best way to go undetected in the countryside is to keep still, as it immediately cuts out the movement and sound that tends to attract the attention of wary quarry. Dress in drab clothing (preferably in soft greens and browns) and you should be able to ambush rabbits and pigeon without splashing out on the latest camo patterns. The fieldcraft skills you learn during these early forays should make you an even more effective hunter when you are able to kit yourself out with specialist clothing.

The history of camouflage

Graham Roberts slips unseen into a new exhibition devoted to camouflage and learns more about its history