Field Test: ElimiTick Camo from Gamehide


Gamehide’s new ElimiTick clothing is to turkey hunting what the safety harness is to deer hunters. Camo patterns have become so advanced that you may be  looking for additional benefits to guide your next purchase, and what better perk than a fabric that repels ticks?

I had the opportunity to try the new ElimiTick clothing in a Mossy Oak pattern on a five-day turkey hunt and wore the outfit every day. And with good reason: Lyme’s disease is a dreadful ailment that should be on the mind of every outdoors person. One bite form an infected tick can cause a lifetime of pain and disability, quite possibly ending your hunting career. Here’s what I liked about the new duds:

It comes with zippered breast pockets. Having your hunting license and tags handy is critical to any out-of-state hunting trip. Before heading out, I signed my licenses and tucked it into one pocket where it could be easily accessed. The other pocket held my cell phone and kept my diaphragm callers easily accessible and secure. These pockets are ideal for your go-to calls and other small gear.

The camo pattern had a light green tint that was an excellent match for spring foliage. The material was quiet and comfortable. On y first day afield, the temperature reached nearly 80 degrees and two days later plunged to single digits. Of course, one set of clothing can’t handle these temperature extremes, yet layering was very effective, and I was comfortable at all temperature levels.

You will look sharp. My bunk on the hunt was a small bed in a camping trailer where most gear landed in a pile at the end of the day, yet the shirt and pants didn’t wrinkle. The suit was very lightweight, and packed easily in any bag or backpack.

A tick repellent, the scent from the chrysanthemum plant, is implanted into the fabric of this Gamehide product, yet you won’t smell it. The gear is designed to withstand 70 washings, the life of most hunting garments.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.