Keep dry and warm as you blend in with your surroundings in pursuit of quarry with a selection of these jackets
The last thing you want when hunting is to be conspicuous or you will risk scaring your intended quarry before you take your first shot. You can give yourself an edge by getting kitted out in a camouflage jacket that will help to keep you unseen, quiet and comfortable. Here are a few that caught our eye.
What to look for
- The right camo for location
1. Browning Grand Passage Jacket RTMX5 £150
Specially developed for hunting waterfowl, this cold-weather jacket is designed to provide great freedom of movement alongside maximum protection from damp conditions and low temperatures. It is light, breathable and quick-drying. It also features a rear game bag pocket. Browning.
2. Harkila Stealth Jacket From £499
Lightweight and waterproof stalking jacket made from a two-layer Gore Optifade fabric for optimal camouflage. Designed for comfort, it has a noiseless outer and mesh-lined inner. Features a detachable hood and ventilation under the arms to combat overheating. Harkila.
3. Laksen Woodhay Wingfield Coat £579
This coat is made from the original camouflage of tweed and features a noiseless CTX membrane that is wind and waterproof, yet breathable. The outer is protected by a Teflon coating. There are large cartridge pockets with drain holes and handwarmer pockets designed for easy access. Laksen Sporting.
4. Harkila Lynx Jacket £399.99
Part of the new AXIS MSP (multi-season pattern) range, this camo is developed to mimic vegetation and break up the outline of the hunter. It features the Harkila weather system membrane, making it waterproof and lightweight. It has a removable hood, radio pockets and adjustable cuffs. Harkila.
5. Jack Pyke Hunter’s Jacket £89.95
Made from soft, waterproof Breatha-tex ‘stealth fabric’, the outer jacket material is brushed tricot polyester with a laminated membrane. The lining is brushed mesh polyester and taffeta. There is a concealed hood in the collar pocket, large pockets and a fold-out waterproof seat flap. Jack Pyke.
6. Deerhunter Cumberland Pro Jacket £218.69
The Cumberland Pro jacket gets a makeover with the new Realtree Adapt camouflage. A Deer-Tex performance shell membrane keeps out wind and water, the mesh lining is breathable. The coat has a game pocket with a long zip and two front pockets with space for cartridges and round openings. Deerhunter
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Top tips for buying camouflage jackets for shooting
The type of camo you are going to need can differ depending on the time of year, location or quarry you are hunting. The basics will always apply: pick a camo that will help you to blend in with your surroundings and made from a quiet material that will help to mask your approach. There are plenty of technical patterns and fabrics available to choose from but don’t forget that tweed was helping to keep hunters camouflaged before they all came along, taking its colours from the moorland with patterns to break up the hunter’s outline — just like its modern descendants.