Have you ever been busted by a dear? How about that big buck you were hoping to get a shot at? Of course, those are rhetorical questions because every deer hunter has been busted, and likely more than once.
As deer hunters, we spend a great deal of time and money preparing for the hunting season. We pick out the perfect camo clothing, tune-up our bows, get new arrows and broadheads and the list goes on. But, what about deer hunting face paint? Is it really necessary?
Our short answer is yes. But, let’s dive a bit deeper into the subject…
You really have three options when it comes to concealing your face: do nothing, wear a mask, smear on some deer hunting face paint.
Let’s start with the first, do nothing. When it comes down to it, that’s really not an option. Deer have very wary eyes. After all, they rely on their senses to keep them alive every single day. So, it’s best to conceal yourself as well as you can to keep them around long enough to get a shot off.
That brings us to the great debate, deer hunting face paint or a hunting mask?
The good news is that both will keep you concealed. However, when it comes to comfort there is no comparison.
Deer Hunting Face Paint
This is by far the most versatile option available. You can use it any time of year, in any situation and in any environment. If you’re hunting dark tall timber you can utilize darker colors and apply your deer hunting face paint a bit thicker. If you’re hunting open sage you can do just the opposite, stick with lighter colors and a lighter application. No matter where you are hunting, three .15 ounce tubes of camo face paint will get the job done.
Comfort—your single most important weapon
Deer hunting face paint offers a lot more than versatility. It offers comfort, which is its greatest advantage. After all, comfort is your single most important weapon. As deer hunters, we are playing a game of patience. A single stalk can take several hours and comfort will greatly affect your patience.
Here’s the thing, many deer hunting face paints on the market are not all that comfortable, hence the debate. In fact, most are made with low-quality, synthetic and harmful ingredients. These ingredients are known to cause skin irritations and breakouts.
The Nature’s Paint Difference
That’s not the case with Nature’s Paint. Our all-natural camo face paint is free of harmful chemicals, composed of 100% natural ingredients, easy on and off, sensitive skin, and kid-friendly and irritant-free. In fact, it’s so lightweight you can’t even tell it’s on.
The final advantage of deer hunting face paint over a face mask comes down to senses. We rely on our senses throughout an entire hunt. We’re talking about touch, sight, hearing, and smell (hopefully not taste). Masks have a way of impairing two of the most important senses: sight and hearing while deer hunting face paint does just the opposite and keeps our senses clear.
Of course, these are some cons as well. The biggest being that it has to come off. And, many hunting face paints are next to impossible to remove from the skin leaving you with remnants of paint in your pores after hours of scrubbing.
That’s simply not the case with Nature’s Paint. In fact, a baby wipe will get the job done thanks to our all-natural formula. And, because of the natural ingredients and ease of use it’s the best camo face paint available.
We’ve made the argument and deer hunting face paint is our clear winner. However, that doesn’t mean that hunting masks don’t have their place. In fact, they can be quite handy on occasion. The weather can be fickle and there will be days where frost or snow covers the ground all day long. If you run cold and are looking for a layer to help keep the frost off your cheeks a hunting make can help keep you warm. You have to be willing to compromise a couple of your senses for it though.
What’s more, masks are very simple to use. It’s as easy and put them on, take them off and throw them in your pack for next time.
But, they do come with several cons when compared to deer hunting face paint. They don’t offer versatility. You’re not able to use the same mask in tall dark timber as in open sage. The comfort isn’t quite up to par either. They really are a “one size fits most” design and every face has its own unique shape. So, of course, that comes with fidgeting and adjusting. Not to mention the condensation effect. In cold weather, your breath is going to add a layer of condensation inside the mask that can get quite uncomfortable and even cold in freezing weather.
So deer hunting face paint or a hunting mask? In our opinion, the paint wins.
At Nature’s Paint, we are dedicated to providing 100 percent natural hunting face paint and that you can depend on to keep you concealed throughout your day’s hunt and come off with the swipe of a towellet at the end of the day. Learn more about Nature’s Paint.