Our very own Team NP Brooke Smith killed it at her very first train to hunt competition on June 3rd in Gilchrist, Oregon. She will be competing amongst the best train to hunt athletes in the nation on July 8th and 9th in Grand Junction, CO.
This is no easy feat for anyone. It takes months of preparation, a strong body, a strong mind and a tremendous amount of willpower. We took a moment to chat with Brooke about where she started, how she got where she is and how she is preparing for the competition of a lifetime. Here is what Brooke had to say:
What inspired you to compete?
I heard of Train to Hunt last summer, and don't really know why it lit a spark inside of me. I had never competed in anything like this before. I am new to archery, so really I am a complete rookie in every aspect.
In the past, I have shown cattle and taken my rat rod to car shows, most anything that I have ever competed in I was judged. In a world where I think to many people are judged, I liked that I had control of the outcome. I was going to get out of Train to Hunt (TTH) what I put into it.
There are no participation awards, if you work hard and want it bad enough then you will find your spot on the podium. This was also the case in the kid's division which I think is awesome!
I thought if I can manage to pull this off, I can probably do anything!
What is your fitness level now compared to when you first started?
I am probably the strongest that I have ever been in my life. I have always been an active person, but not by definition of fitness. I grew up and spent most of my life logging and ranching, so my workouts were changing pipes, bucking hay bales and piling brush.
I have never been to a gym or been involved in CrossFit. My workouts were just what was involved in a day's work.
How did you prepare?
October 2016 was when I truly decided that I was going to compete in TTH in 2017. My plan at that time was to train at home. I had a rough idea of what was going to be asked of me at the competition so I was going to use that information to train. I have a friend who competed last year and he gave me some tips on what he felt were important things to focus on.
In November and December, I did a lot of running, leg work and shooting.
Sometime in January, a friend added me to a Facebook group, the members were either training for TTH or trying to get into better shape for hunting season. I almost left the group because I was intimidated by what these guys were posting. I didn't understand what most of these exercises were, and it seemed like it was way over my head. I played along with the group and went ahead and introduced myself to everyone, explaining my goals and lack of experience in the fitness world.
Soon I had a message from Steven Dahn who had seen my post and suggested that I get in touch with Courtney Levesque who had not only competed in 2016 but also won Nationals. I knew who Courtney was through social media and I had watched several of her videos, she is a total badass. We connected and she offered me some great advice on how to prepare and what to expect.
It turned out that Steven and Courtney operate a business called Elevation Fitness Training (EFT), after several emails, and text messages I decided to do something I had never done and joined their fitness family. With a full-time job and my own business, I don't have a lot of extra time. The program fit perfectly with my schedule being that I could work out at home with things that I have. The app clearly explained and demonstrated the exercises that I didn't know so I could do them properly.
In February I took what for me was a big step and joined EFT. My only regret was not joining sooner. Not only have both Courtney and Steven competed in TTH they are both hunters and fitness instructors.
My workouts from day one were based upon my goals. At the beginning, my workouts were focused on building strength and stamina. Burpee's and more burpees I still don't like them but I am a lot better at them. My workouts range from an hour to an hour and a half four days a week, with a lot of shooting in between and hiking. A lot of my workouts include shooting with an elevated heart rate and from different positions. For example, I may perform 15 get up's, run 400 yards then draw back at a kneeling position stand and shoot. I gathered up enough items that I could simulate the challenge course in my backyard.
I spent a lot of time running 45 lbs in my pack (I am currently running with 60lbs). I wore holes in a couple of sandbags. At times when I needed to add weight, I put a bag of sugar or a kettlebell in my pack.
How are you training for Nationals?
Currently as I prepare for Nationals I am doing a lot of high-intensity workouts. There is going to be quite a big change in elevation in Colorado and I am trying to prepare for that as best I can. I am trying to get to some high elevations around home to workout, I have also invested in an elevation training mask to use to get used to the thinner air.
With nationals, I don't know what to expect, which makes training challenging. There will be three events July 8-9th 2017 but we don't find out what they are until the morning of the 8th for that day and then the evening of the 8th we find out what we have to do on the 9th. So I will just continue to train as hard as I can and not let the unknown get in my head.
How many have you competed in?
Oregon 2017 was my first Train to Hunt, however, it won't be my last one, I am hooked. My husband has also caught the bug and plans to compete next year.
What was your favorite part of the competition?
The comradery has to be at the top of my list. So many like-minded people together to support and cheer each other on. We all have a passion for the outdoors and a love for hunting. At one point someone's release failed during the event and someone else was there to loan him a release so that he could get through. We are all competing, but we are all there for one another.
I heard stories of how Train to Hunt saved marriages and even lives. It is hard to explain what an amazing thing this is and how it impacts each person in its own special way.
What was your least favorite part of the competition?
There was nothing about the competition that I didn't like, but one thing I learned at Oregon was that I need to work on my mental game. A couple of times I let things get into my head and it affected my shooting. This competition is just as much mental as physical and you need to be strong in both areas to succeed.
What have you learned about hunting during this process?
I have learned a lot about myself during this process. Mostly that I can do anything and that 40 isn't too old to try new things. If you don't try you will never know if you can be successful. I have never been an overly confident person or outgoing. Maybe that is why I enjoy hunting so much, it is just you and the animal, no one judging you or pointing out faults. Train to Hunt has brought me out of my shell and I want to share that with everyone.
How do you think this competition will impact your 2017 hunting season?
I look forward to hunting season this year. I am so much stronger than I was last hunting season. My stamina is much greater than it has ever been. I feel like a can do anything. I am a lot more confident in my shooting. I have only been shooting archery for a year, so last year I was still pretty insecure about it. Bring on September and the mountains, I am looking forward to it.
What advice would you give those who are interested in competing for the first time?
Do It! I don't care what kind of shape that you are in or how much experience that you have shooting a bow, you need to do it. There was a woman at the Oregon TTH who picked up a bow for the very first time the day before the competition, she got frustrated a few times, but she never gave up and she finished the day with her head held high and a huge amount of respect from every single person who was there.
If you are interested feel free to contact me, I would love to talk to you. The feeling that you get when you cross the finish line is like no other. The friends that you meet will be ones that you will have for a lifetime and I think it is safe to say that if you do it once you are going to do it a second time. It is empowering, motivating and for some a life changing experience.
There are not a lot of women who compete in Train to Hunt and I would love to see that change next year. I think it would be awesome to have a large group of women show up and just do it! You can compete in women's or co-ed team or as an individual.
Don't be scared of the unknown or that you won't measure up. You just have to go and do it for yourself. Set a goal for you and only focus on you.
Can you give a little recap of the course and the types of activities you completed? What did the competition consist of?
At Oregon TTH the day started out with a 20 target 3D shoot. We were grouped with the other people that we would be competing against the rest of the day. There were 100 pts possible from the shoot and for every point there would be time added to your run at the end of the day, so the better you shot the better your time would be. Rangefinders were allowed on some targets, but not others. Some of the tricky shots were two shots in 10 seconds, draw back and hold for 30 seconds and shooting from a kneeling position.
Once the shoot was over then we broke into heats for the challenge course and mountain course. On average there were four people in each heat. We loaded our packs before the event started, for me and my class I had a 30 lbs sandbag in my pack and then I had a 30 lb bag to use for my challenges. Here is how the course played out:
100-foot tire drag
Run 600 yards
Shoot a target @ 30 yards
10-box overs with sandbag
Run 600 yards
Shoot a target @ 30 yards
10-get ups with sandbag
Run 600 yards
Shoot a target @ 30 yards
10-sandbag over the Shoulder
Run 600 yards
Shoot a target @ 30 yards
Put on weighted pack and run 1.2 miles with bow and shoot the two targets along the course. If at any point during the course a shot was missed you had to do burpees before you could continue on. My husband was waiting for me at the last target, and when I could see the finish line there were people cheering me on, yelling my name and telling me that I could do it. As I crossed the line strangers were there to take my pack off and take my bow, they handed me a cold bottle of water and congratulated me. I wanted to cry, I was a bundle of emotions, my best friends made it there to watch me, my family was there cheering me on, my trainers changed their schedule to stay and took turns running with me and giving me pep talks. My husband who put up with my workouts and scheduling things around them was right there by my side before, during and as I finished the race.
As soon as I caught my breath, we spent the rest of the day cheering for everyone else who crossed the finish line, as they did for me. I showed up that morning only knowing a couple of people, and by the end of the day, I felt like I had a huge loving Train to Hunt family.
We are proud to have Brooke as part of our TeamNP family and wish her the best of luck at Nationals! Way to go, Brooke!
We are pleased to announce that our very own Sereena Thompson has made it to the top 14!
Nature’s Paint Co-Founder, Sereena Thompson, has made it to the top 14 of the worldwide Extreme Huntress competition for the second year in a row. Finishing in 9th place last year, Sereena is determined to come out on top this year and hopes to earn your vote along the way.
Sereena can be summed up in three simple words, “all things hunting.” She found her passion for hunting as a child growing up on a ranch in Southern Oregon and hunting with her parents before she could legally hunt herself. “I vividly remember riding around in our single cab gold Chevy looking for bucks and enjoying life. I knew from the very beginning that I would hunt for the rest of my life,” Said Sereena.
Today, Sereena is much more than an Extreme Huntress, along with being the Co-Founder of Nature’s Paint she is an executive board member and event chair for the Oregon Outdoor Council, Oregon’s only 100% political advocacy organization for the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, she is an instructor at the Northwest Women’s Hunting Camp where she teaches women shooting and hunting skills, and most importantly, she is an inspiration to women hunters.
She truly carries her passion for hunting through all aspects of her life and does everything she can to inspire and help others. “I’m excited to continue inspiring other hunters, especially kids and woman. As a huntress, I am dedicated to uplifting and helping other ladies get into hunting through the multiple non-profits and organizations that I am involved with,” Said Sereena. Hunting isn’t just a way of life for me, it’s a big part of who I am and what I was born to do,” she added.
If you haven't already, we invite you to learn more about and vote for Sereena at http://www.extremehuntress.com/main/2017-voting/.
Nicole Morgan, Nature's Paint Co-Founder
As hunters hit the woods this spring in hopes of harvesting a nice tom, concealment will be top of mind. Sitting at eye level with a creature that has telescopic vision and the ability to flee the scene in upwards of 25-55 mph requires absolute stealth. Hunters will want their concealment on point from head to toe and ultimate comfort as they pursue the wild turkey. Selecting the right face coverage can make all the difference this season.
Many turkey hunters are turning to camo face paint for one simple reason, stealth. Hunting face masks tend to be bulky and restrictive which causes a lot of fidgeting and movement, not so stealthy. You see, turkeys have telescopic vision and are able to detect motion over 100 yards away. They are able to see roughly 270 degrees wide and up to three times greater than a human’s 20/20 vision. You can see why fidgeting and discomfort have no place in turkey hunting.
So let's get down to business and talk about what you are looking for in the best camo face paint for turkey hunting.
Safety and Ingredients
Let’s get this requirement out of the way first. When selecting turkey hunting camo face paint check the label to ensure the product contains safe, natural ingredients. The sad truth is many of products on the market today are filled with harmful chemicals, chemicals that are known to cause disease, cancer and health complications. Not to mention, many of these harmful chemicals are the culprits of skin irritation, breakouts, and redness. By reading the label and choosing a turkey hunting camo face paint that contains natural ingredients you will eliminate the discomfort and itching that comes with many camo face paints on the market today.
This one is obvious, but concealment is the whole point of face paint. It is used to break up your face, darken your highlighted features and help you disappear with nature. To accomplish this you need a minimum of three colors: black, green and brown. These three colors will provide coverage in every turkey hunting situation. You will want to use all three colors to create a break-up pattern on your face and hands (if you don't wear gloves). If you hunt out of a ground blind, dark black natural face paint is your friend. In this case, you want to wear black clothing and cover your face in black paint to help you disappear in your blind.
Ease of Use
There is nothing worse than purchasing a turkey hunting face paint that is difficult: to locate in your pack, to apply or to remove. When selecting the best camo face paint for turkey hunting make sure the paint is packaged in a way that makes it easy to find when digging in your pack or the center console of your truck. One with a lanyard will allow you to loop your finger and pull it out of the clutter.
Most importantly, look for a paint that is easy to apply and remove. The beautiful thing about turkey hunting is it allows hunters to sneak off a couple hours before or after work to get a quick hunt in. That allows plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors, harvest a turkey and get to work. That is if your camo face paint is both easy to apply and remove. Many standard camo compacts require vigorously rubbing your finger on a color in order to apply the paint to your face. You can save time and hassle selecting a tubed paint, one you can simply remove the top from and apply directly to your face.
For a camo face paint to be absolutely the best for turkey hunting, it needs to be easy to take off. Needless to say, the morning turkey hunter doesn't have extra time to scrub paint off their face, especially if they are trying to sneak a hunt in before work. Look for one that can be removed with a towelette, face wipe or baby wipe.
Yes, it's true, to be the best turkey hunting face paint it must be both easy off and have the ability to resist the elements. The weather is unpredictable, you can go from sweating to pouring rain while turkey hunting. Your paint will need to be sweat and water resistant. It will need to stay intact while hunting but easy to remove at the end of the hunt.
All in all, you are looking for an all natural face paint that is hassle free, easy on, easy off and sweat and water resistant. These ideal face paint characteristics make for a perfect camo face paint no matter what you are hunting.
So where can you find such a paint?
Nature’s Paint. This face paint is the best camo face paint for turkey hunting and just about any other type of hunting that requires camo face paint. This all natural camo face paint includes safe, natural ingredients making it irritant free, easy on and easy off. The beneficial butter based formula allows pores to breathe while keeping the paint water resistant.
Nature’s Paint comes in “lip balm” style tubes, it is mess free, unlike common compacts. This natural camo face paint is available in three dark colors: Ash Black, Buck Brown and Moss Green making it effective for almost any terrain and camo pattern.
All factors considered, in our opinion Nature’s Paint is the best camo face paint for turkey hunting.
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Klamath Falls, OR— Natural camo face paint brand, Nature’s Paint is pleased to announce that Nature’s Paint is now available at Eugene, Oregon-based, Bowtech.
“We are beyond excited to be partnering with a company of this caliber,” said Nicole Morgan Nature’s Paint Co-Founder. “BowTech manufactures and carries nothing but premium quality bows and accessories. Not to mention, the amazing customer service you will get from both Josh and Jeremiah in the pro shop!” Added Sereena Thompson, Nature’s Paint Co-Founder.
Being an Oregon-based company, Bowtech has proven to be a natural fit for Nature’s Paint. “Our company's values and visions for the hunting industry align. It really is a natural partnership,” added Sereena.
BowTech is a leader in the world of archery and compound bows, manufacturing and distributing top-notch compound bows and archery equipment. Learn more about BowTech at bowtecharchery.com.
“We here at Bowtech love local, Oregon established products and are very excited to have Nature’s Paint as part of our pro shop, said Josh Carr, Bowtech Pro Shop Manager.”
Nature’s Paint specializes in all-natural camouflage face paint that’s formulated for ultimate comfort. It’s free of harmful chemicals and parabens that promise easy on/easy off application, no scrubbing and no irritation. It was founded by two women: Nicole Morgan and Sereena Thompson. Learn more about Nature’s Paint at naturespaint.org.
Krissy Hay Knox, pro staff for both Bowtech and Nature’s Paint added, "It always feels good to represent a product you use and believe in wholeheartedly, it makes my job easy and honest! And now, Nature's Paint has partnered up with the BowTech Factory Pro Shop to offer two awesome hunting products in one stop. Well done!"
We are very excited to officially announce Ryan Hay as Nature's Paint's own elite prostaff! Ryan is an awesome hunter and we feel extremely blessed to have him officially apart of our family!
Hello, my name is Ryan Hay and I reside in the Willamette Valley near Harrisburg, OR where I
was born and raised. I am married to my lovely wife Shannon and have two awesome little
boys, Owen and Brayden! I have been a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Eugene/Springfield
Fire Department for 12 years. My passion for the outdoors began at a very young age as my
Dad, Uncle and Grandpa took every chance they could to get us out looking for deer, hunting,
fishing and many other activities while growing up! I have hunted ever since I was old enough
to carry a rifle and for the past 15 years have found a strong passion for archery. I enjoy
hunting Mule deer, Blacktail deer, turkey, bear, antelope and my absolute favorite being the
Rocky Mountain Elk. Every September you will find me deep in the back country with my best
friends and family as we chase bugling bulls! I am so thankful and excited to be
part of the Nature’s Paint team.
Last Saturday I took sometime away from cleaning house and headed to the indoor bow range. When I arrived there was a grandfather and his grandson, one on each side of the range. As I was getting my bow out I could tell they were having a friendly competition. I set up in the middle of the range in between of the two of them. We were making small talk, and having the grandson there was great practice dealing with distractions while concentrating on my shots. He told me that his grandma had dropped him and his Papa off three hours ago, and she went on shopping. He had hoped his Papa hadn’t given her his credit card or she may not be coming back for them. The competition went on for about another half hour, when “Papa” had lost the competition and his arms were sore. I continued to shoot with the grandson for a while longer.
While we're shooting I asked him some questions to get to know him better. Come to find out he is 12 years old and has been shooting since he was three. His first bow came from Walmart and now he shoots a Diamond. He is active in 4-H archery and has a competition coming up next weekend. He and his Papa shoot together a lot, and they never cheat. I thought that was an interesting statement. He continued to tell me that the only person who ever really loses when cheating is the person who cheats. I totally agreed, I just wasn't expecting that statement coming from a 12 year old.
As we finished up we congratulated each other on good shooting and went to put our stuff away. He noticed that as I was putting my arrows away that I was checking the tips, he asked me if I have trouble with the tips loosening up, I said sometimes. He offered me his trick which is green locktite. This kid is 12 going on 30.
Papa soon came back into the range and introduced himself to me, followed closely with his grandson who apologize for not introducing himself earlier as he shook my hand. They asked me if I hunted, I explained how I have always rifle hunted and am new to archery. Papa and I exchanged some of our views back and forth for a few minutes when the grandson heard something that ignited a spark in him.
All of the sudden I felt like I was at hunting camp with him and his Papa. Last elk season was his first hunting trip with his Papa. I could tell from the beginning of this story that he has a bright future in hunting, he was very careful to not disclose the location of their hunt, he would only tell me that they were hunting on earth. Listening to him explain how close the elk were to them and how the bulls were reacting was priceless. He was cow calling for his Papa at his Papa’s command, but they just never could get the bulls to come out in the open. Each day they had walked in 4 miles to there spot, making sure to say hello at any trail cameras that they passed. They had came upon some tree stands but they were not there’s so they would not use them, he did however climb up a couple of ladder stands just to see the lay of the land. I don’t think that there were any details that he left out, but I was fine with that, seeing the excitement in his eyes warmed my heart.
Once he finished his story he told me that he was going to hunt elk next year and was going to kill his first one. Papa interrupted, he said remember that is not what hunting is about, if you are only doing it for the kill then you will get tired of it when you are not successful. It is about the entire experience. What the grandson told me next left me speechless. He told me that as hunters we need to be respectful of the animals that we hunt. We need to make responsible shots, and if for some reason the shot placement is off, for example if we hit the animal in the leg, we owe that animal the respect of tracking it and putting it out of it’s misery.
The words that this young man was speaking were those that I and all hunters should live by. Hearing them come out of the mouth of a 12 year old was unexpected for me, but encouraging too. It is obvious that this young man’s Papa is playing a huge roll in his life, and I am sure that being a part of 4-H archery is helping too. As hunters I feel like we are all responsible to teach our youth how to be respectful of animals and people and responsible for their actions. It is never to early or to late to teach these lessons.
Brooke Smith, Nature’s Paint Pro Staff
We are very excited to officially announce Krissy Hay Knox as Nature's Paint's own elite prostaff! Krissy is an amazing hunter and we feel extremely blessed to have her officially apart of our family!
Hey, everybody! My name is Krissy Hay Knox, and I am so excited to join the Nature’s
Paint team! I was born, raised and still live near Harrisburg, Oregon. My passion has
always been the outdoors, having started hunting at a very young age with my family. I
picked up a bow for the first time in 2002, and have been addicted ever since. I enjoy
hunting Blacktail, Mule Deer, Whitetail, Bear, and Turkey, but my favorite is Rocky
Mountain Elk. Nothing gets my blood pumping like the sound of a bugle cutting through
a September morning in the backcountry of Eastern Oregon! I am Mommy to a
beautiful little boy, Jesse, who is showing signs of sharing my passion for hunting,
makes my heart melt! My goal in the outdoor industry is to always be a friendly,
approachable face for those looking to ask questions and learn more about hunting and
the lifestyle it provides. There’s nothing else like it, and until my dying day, I will Hunt
Happy!! Lord Bless!
The alarm clock goes off but this time its different. It's 2:30 am and you can't wait to get out of bed. You have a big day ahead of you. You have decoys to set up just perfectly which is no easy task, an excited retriever to provide direction to, and if all goes well, ducks and geese to clean. Needless to say, you have a challenging day ahead of you both mentally and physically.
You’ve done your homework and believe you found the perfect location. You arrive and the work begins. You set up your decoys, apply your all natural hunting camo face paint, settle in your ground blind and wait. There's a certain calm to the sunrise, different than the peaceful solitude of the deer stand. The rest is yet to be told.
So how can you best prepare for your waterfowl hunt to get the most out of it?
We recommend using the waterfowl blackout pattern (pictured above). You want to be sure to cover your most highlighted features: your nose and cheekbones. Nature’s Paint ash black works perfect for this. Check out Women’s Outdoor News: Four Ways to Wear Face Paint When Hunting for details on how to apply this pattern.
The day comes to an end. You are exhausted and full of life at the same time. Lessons were learned and memories were made.
When it comes down to it, waterfowl hunting is about the experience. As our friends at Mountain Lodge Outdoors say, “At the end of the day it doesn't really matter if you made the shot or how many dropped. The only thing that matters is that you were all there when it happened.”
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There is a great debate among hunters. No matter the hunting season you will find a divide in opinions. This debate does not concern weapons or ammunition, it is far more fundamental than that. It concerns the most important element when hunting, the ability to blend in with nature. We are not talking about which camo pattern is best or which brand is superior, we are talking about the great debate of a facemask versus hunting face paint. This applies to duck hunting face paint, deer hunting face paint, elk hunting face paint, you get the idea.
While there are still hunters who prefer a face mask, many hunters: waterfowl hunters, big game hunters, upland bird hunters and so on are turning to camo face paint. You see, the benefits of hunting face paint far outweigh the benefits of a face mask.
It’s about your senses.
Hunting can be both physically and mentally demanding, especially when chasing elk over peaks and through valleys or overcoming the harsh weather conditions that waterfowl hunting brings. These types of conditions require hunting equipment and accessories that allow you to perform at your highest level.
Hunting masks impair two of your most important senses: your sense of sight and your sense of hearing. When entering the field you are entering the animal's home, their natural habitat. They are built and designed for that terrain, that weather and that habitat. They know the lay of the land and they are constantly on alert for predators. You have to be on our “A” game, free of distraction when you enter the field, forest or wherever you are hunting. The hunting mask interferes with your peripheral vision which can prevent you from seeing even the slightest movement that could be the difference between a harvest and busting a herd of elk.
Most hunting masks cover your ears which stifles your sense of hearing. When big game hunting the animals are heard only when they want to be. It is amazing how quietly an elk can walk through the forest. It is imperative that you have the ability to hear every twig snap and branch break. With cloth over your ears you are likely to miss many of nature’s key sounds.
Let’s talk about comfort.
The only way for you to be on your “A” game and performing at your highest level when on the pursuit is to be as comfortable as possible. You have to be able to scale mountains and sit quietly with minimal movement for hours at a time all in one day. Wearing an uncomfortable face mask can often cause fidgeting and more movement than necessary. The slightest movement at the wrong time can jeopardize a chance at a shot.
Face masks have a reputation of getting duey from breath which causes a great deal of discomfort on ones face. They tend to shift around and get caught on things like hair and debris. Imagine rising to take a shot when your face mask gets caught on a branch ruining your shot. This type of thing happens and can be extremely frustrating.
Utilizing an all natural hunting face paint like Nature’s Paint can provide you ultimate comfort while keeping you free of distraction. You don't have to worry about impaired vision or hearing. You don't have to worry about unnecessary cloth around your face that needs constant adjusting. All of these factors can make the difference in your hunting experience.
So what about concealment?
After all, it is the whole point, right?
When it comes to hunting it's about bringing the animal up close and personal, getting the most ethical shot and best chance at a harvest. Regardless of where or what you are hunting, to be successful, you need to stay hidden and disappear with nature.
It’s true, you can certainly count on a face mask to keep you blended with the nature that surrounds you, that is if you want to deal with discomfort and impaired senses.
By utilizing an all natural camo face paint you can avoid the discomfort and unnecessary fidgeting, and take advantage of all of your senses. Face paint is versatile, allowing you to hunt any environment and stay hidden. You can switch up your pattern and colors depending on the nature that surrounds you and the game you are hunting.
If paint is so great why is there a debate?
This is a normal and very logical question. If hunting face paint is obviously superior then why would hunters have this great debate? The answer comes down to one word, quality.
Many paints on the market are made with low quality, synthetic and harmful ingredients. These ingredients are known to cause skin irritations and breakouts. To top it off, many of these paints are next to impossible to remove from the skin leaving you with remnants of black, green and brown in your pores after hours of scrubbing.
When you switch to an all natural camo face paint you will notice those skin irritations simply don't exist and you can focus on your hunt, and only your hunt. Sticking with an all natural camo face paint will eliminate the time and difficulty associated with removing the paint. An all natural hunting face paint like Nature’s Paint can be removed in seconds with a towelette, face wipe or baby wipe.
Lets sum it up.
While hunting face masks are effective when it comes to concealment, they have many drawbacks as far as comfort and senses go. They tend to cause extra fidgeting and impair your sense of sight and sense of hearing.
The market is filled with camo face paints made from synthetic and harmful ingredients. These hunting face paints are known for causing skin irritation and breakouts. They are also a mess to apply and very difficult to remove.
All natural camo face paints are versatile with the ability to blend you with nature in almost any environment. Hunting face paint like Nature’s Paint is easy on, easy off, irritant free and convenient. With 100% natural ingredients it will keep you comfortable and concealed in the most extreme environments.
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I am a mother of four daughters, a wife, a full time employee, a member of the NWTF and a huntress; however, I wasn't always these things.
I was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. I grew up with warm weather and sandy beaches beneath my feet. Hunting was not in the picture. About 6 years ago I moved to Georgia with my husband and children and said goodbye to the sandy beaches and hello to my new lifestyle.
The more I share, the more I find my story is like many others. When I met my husband, I was not a hunter. In fact, I couldn't understand his obsession when deer season rolled around. I understood that it was more than a passion of his, it was in his blood as he had been hunting since the age of three. I also understood that he would spend as much time in the woods as possible and would rarely be home. I just didn't have a full grasp on why and what this addiction was.
As our second year together rolled around I became more interested. I wanted to learn more about hunting and tag along with him. Unfortunately, the camp he was hunting at had this insane rule that women couldn't stay the night although I am not sure how that would've affected hunting. Maybe the other men just needed an excuse to go alone. Needless to say, we didn't go there often that year. After that year my decision was made, I was going to become a hunter.
Our weekends now consist of making the drive to Johnson County in South Georgia. My husband, our daughters and I stay at a family oriented camp where we hunt, fish, bbq, and spend time on the Oconee River.
What was once foreign and confusing has become a way of life that I wouldn't trade for anything this in this world.
Trust me when I say that it has been fun getting to this point and it's just getting started!
Those of you who didn't grow up hunting, and maybe some who did, I am sure can relate. You decided you were interested and wanted to get involved; however, you only had your husbands camo and hand me downs to get you started. For those of you who are just now getting started, here are a few tips for you.
Get your feet wet. Don't worry about all the fancy gear your first year. Give it a try with what you have, even if that means wearing your husband's clothes. There is no sense in investing a ton of money until you know if you like it or not.
Once you have made the decision to be a hunter you're ready to do some shopping. That's part of the fun, right? Side note; don't be surprised when the store associate immediately asks your husband if he needs assistance. When I walked into the store to grab my items for the first time it went a little like this: I found the firearm I wanted and for whatever reason the associate seemed to be trying to talk me out of it as if I walked in on a whim and had not done any research in advance. I know one thing, as a mother of four girls I am organized and do my research.
Ok back to it, here are some items you will likely need:
Be prepared for the whole family to get involved. My three oldest daughters now share this passion for hunting. Although this causes stares at times and some of their friends do not understand, they are beginning to show their love for outdoors and hunting.
Most importantly, enjoy your journey!
It's taken me three years, but this year I met some like-minded women and mothers who share my love and passion for the outdoors. I have also joined Prois Outdoor & Field Apparel for Women as part of their hunt staff. I say this not to brag, but to show you the endless possibilities your journey can bring.
That's just it... This is a journey!
Move over men!!!
DeAnna Hightower, Nature’s Paint Pro Staff