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Old Tuesday 28th January 2003, 19:17   #26
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realtree condoms

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I can see a problem looming if you want to use em outdoors lol. you'll never find em. then the army method will come into use.
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Old Tuesday 28th January 2003, 21:44   #27
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Nigel, I always try to wear drab clothing i.e. dark green, brown, when birding. The problem is it can be a bit risky. Last autumn we were up in the hills checking out the migration, walking very quietly, keeping in the shadows, tring to blend in with the bushes etc. when we suddenly realised we were surrounded by hunters!! Now I don't know if you've ever seen the French hunter in all his splendour, tanked up on red wine and home made "eau de vie", armed to the teeth for wild boar, bullets not buckshot, I can tell you its not a pretty sight!! Despite it being public land, anybody armed only with bins is seen as a "bloody ecologist" ,communist, to put it mildly. "You nearly got shot" being the nicest remark we heard. The hunters round here dont bother wearing cammo, they line up the guns and get the dogs to drive them to the shooting posts. They all had on flourescent orange caps, think I'll have to get me one!!
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Old Wednesday 29th January 2003, 17:53   #28
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Thanks Kevin. Much of my birding adjoins some very restricted military property. While I don't feel threatened, the last thing I want is to be mistaken for someone's military.

Any opinions on portable dome tents like this one below?

http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.co.uk/domehide.html

Just because I received the image of Sylvester Stallone in a giant condom doesn't make me a bad person does it?
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Old Wednesday 29th January 2003, 18:38   #29
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Not sure about the rest of the world, but I think it's compulsory for hunters in the U.S. to wear dayglo patches on them (unless on private property?)...In the U.K. many gun users end up wearing highly visible yellow stripes down the side of their trousers!
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Old Wednesday 5th February 2003, 20:27   #30
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All this talk of expensive camouflage, pop into any Army and Navy shop or better still any Army surplus stall on the market, and you'll pick up all the camouflage gear you'll ever need.

You can pick up all sorts of real bargains, and best of all, you don't just get our basic Army camouflage, you can usually pick up most of Nato's uniforms as well,.

They also sell great waterproofs.
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Old Wednesday 5th February 2003, 21:39   #31
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David, Until you use 'Realtree' for wildlife photography you will not understand the difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Wednesday 5th February 2003, 21:49   #32
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And for the ladies amongst us i have actually seen cammo miniskirts and bikini's.Now there's a thought lol
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Old Thursday 6th February 2003, 02:17   #33
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Pedro, my only question, is what are they trying to blend in with?
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Old Thursday 6th February 2003, 19:08   #34
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i think you'd need to ask the ladies that one Brain



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Old Wednesday 5th March 2003, 00:44   #35
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Well I admit I went to the SOF convention once to see the models in their Camo Bikinis. They blended with no thing and no one. Felt very adolescent actually.
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Old Saturday 3rd May 2003, 02:10   #36
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camo on the cheap

real tree is the biz no getting from it.
BUT
i had a great deal of trousers £6. Jacket £6. used German flecta pattern so a great deal. it is pretty bramble proof too so you dont get stung if you really go off track looking.
try http://members.lycos.co.uk/maz_detecting/main.htm
nice people to deal with but ring them as the email is not up to much.

all the best & have fun

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Old Sunday 11th May 2003, 11:14   #37
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Hi all

I have just been reading all the posts & you might find this website interesting www.realtree.com click on dealer search & here you will find all the uk stockists.Hope this helps.
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Old Monday 12th May 2003, 10:43   #38
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If you are after "Realtree" clothing contact Garlands in Staffordshire, they are a UK distributor of it.

I know that Simon King contacted the original distributor for the UK, when they were based in Dorset, and before it was passed to Garlands. Garlands are now a UK distributor and can be contacted on 01827 383 300

They will be able to tell you your nearest stockist (UK & ROI only)
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Old Sunday 25th May 2003, 00:32   #39
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Just found a good bargain in the camo gear,,, full suit JKT Trs Hood / balaclava at £49 all brand new. Cam is superflage and is an over your own gear cover.. so can go into banks! looking normal! and put on when needed.
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Old Monday 2nd June 2003, 19:38   #40
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So whgat do we all use??

The thread has been interesting, to say the least. And as a tight fisted old BGR I refuse to pay some of the prices stores are asking for the kit. So as ever I searched around for a cheap alternative, At a local toy shop a dome tent in a Disruptive pattern plus fiber poles £12.99 , Leg of off an old pair of faded DPM keks and a bit of net courtesey of my lad produced the attached. Seems to work very well.
OH! I do have the obligatory real tree etc, but hides are very expensive a show special at Brandon on Sunday was £160 !!


Still I suppose it all depends on the level of comfort us oldies will put up with. Would be interesting to see us in our gear.

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I use my 4 wheeler as a hide for 90% of my shots. When I find a "birdy" location, i spend some time and watch the activity to see where birds are using a favorite perch, feeding location, etc.
I try to park giving myself a clear field for pics as best I can.
I use inexpensive large green bath towles clipped to the "hand hold" over my driver's door, clips on the "2 "sun screens", one over the window behind the drivers seat. I have cut the towel so my scope extends to the outside and "clip" it close to scope body to hide body movements. The slits allow viewing from inside.
It usually only takes a matter of minutes before the birds resume their previous activity and allow one the chance for a shot.
After this weekend of being interuppted twice by passersby and being asked if I need help, I'm making two 81/2 x 11 signs that state in big black letters NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER . Well meaning people, but enough to put off your subject and leave you at square one!
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Old Tuesday 3rd June 2003, 06:52   #42
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paclett, just saw your "hide", it looks great to me! Nice bit of thinking this one out and saving $$$$$!
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Old Wednesday 4th June 2003, 21:01   #43
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Paclett

Excellent idea - I presume its for fair weather use only though. You've tempted me to have a go was it bought from Toys R Us or through a Toymaster franchise

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Thumbs down Camouflage ??????

Hmmm what make you people think, that animals see your type of camouflage ???
I just go as is, what ever I wear and just behave calm.
my feelings are, "IF I HAVE TO PUT UP AND SEE WHAT THE BIRDS LOOK LIKE, THAN THEY CAN DO THE SAME"
I use this setup to do all my birding needs and it works very well for me.
A 3 wheel golf cart made by BAG BOY model 360, it works great and just added some brackets to hold all my gear with bungee cords.
attached is a picture of it setup
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Old Wednesday 4th June 2003, 22:46   #45
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Cool Camouflage continue

Here is a picture of how it all goes along on the trails I travel, the looks I get when going in public parks and no golf courses "where the heck does he think he is going to swing that ball"
Then as they walk by later on, I see smiles and nod's of approval :-)
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The golf cart is made in the USA by BAG BOY, model PC360, it is a 3 wheel unit and when all is installed, I pull off the front wheel, fold the rest in half and place in the truck of the Buick (boot), just unfold, replace the front wheel and ready to push or pull, it has a good wheel brake that secures it in place on any hill.
The cart hand handle is also the support for the umbrella stem and a 10X10 inch plate with 4 spikes welded onto it that secures it firmly in the ground...
All made in my garage at home ( A retired Machinist/Millwright modifies junk into usable parts)
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Old Thursday 5th June 2003, 01:54   #46
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travel light................. see more bird while having more fun.
if we were made to carry all that gear we would be donkeys.
Only joking guy's
nice to see so many inventive ideas about.

the main thing i have found is that birds react to your face looking straight at them, if a hat covers most of your face they dont seen to worry.
i am i just the ugly one ?????????????????????
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