You need camouflage when wildfowling to conceal yourself, otherwise let’s face it you’re not going to shoot many ducks or geese. They’ll all spot you a mile off. Back in the day, people used to have to wear the dark green and brown, heavy waxed coats. These aren’t suited to estuary and marsh environments as they’re too dark.
Go for soft, faded colours

New camouflage materials not only fit better, they’re easier to wear thanks to new technology and breathable fabrics. Camouflage hats, jackets, trousers and fleeces are all available in soft, faded colours perfect for blending in to the blind or marshy backgrounds. Add a bit of your own estuary mud to them and they’ll be perfect.

These newer fabrics help to keep out external moisture, while allowing your sweat to escape through microscopic pores in the material. Preventing moisture from being trapped against your skin helps to protect you from rapid heat loss, which can lead to hypothermia.

Think layers

You can keep the wind out by wearing layers under your parka or jacket. It works much better than one heavy layer. Then you can put layers on or off according to your temperature and stay comfortable. Work from your underwear up. Remember to keep your camouflage on any top layers.

Remember your fieldcraft

Of course, on top of your camouflage gear, you need to think abut fieldcraft. Position yourself low down in the environment, perhaps in a scrape dug out against the marsh and don’t move too much.

And now you’re all camouflaged up, enjoy your wildfowling!