Field Tested: Mossy Oak Bottomland Checks Every Box

Field Tested: Mossy Oak Bottomland Checks Every Box
Photo Credit: Mossy Oak

To those who know me — both inside and outside of the hunting industry — I’d be considered a bit of a traditionalist. In fact, I think a complete traditionalist might be more accurate. To be frank, I don’t like change when there’s already something in place that I’m completely comfortable with. As a member of the outdoor media, that can sometimes present a problem when new products come across my desk for testing. It’s not that I won’t give them a fair shake — I certainly will — but I prefer to put new products through a true in-the-field test before designating them as the next best thing.

With that in mind, I was very excited when a box from Mossy Oak arrived at the office with my name on it in early-April. I had happily accepted an Oklahoma turkey-hunting invitation from the company earlier in the year and already knew exactly what the contents of the box were.

Bottomland camouflage — having originated in 1986 when Mossy Oak was born — is anything but new. But if you’ve really paid attention in recent years, the pattern is re-emerging in a big, big way. Why? Well, it’s honestly for no other reason than Mossy Oak’s large and loyal following keeping the pattern alive for all these years. Simply put, they’ve never stopped wearing it, and now they won’t have to with the company’s most recent push to keep Bottomland on clothing, guns, bows and pretty much anything else you’d like to have it on. So, what you essentially have is an old-school turkey pattern combined with the hunting tools of 2019.

Count me in!


And now for the million-dollar question — is it effective in the field, or do the more modern patterns have a distinct advantage? Well, that question was answered for me on the second evening of our hunt in the Sooner State. Myself and another outdoor writer were teamed up not far from where we expected a flock of turkeys to roost that evening. We’d backed in to a downed tree with a pair of Avian-X decoys out in the field in front of us — a perfect ambush scenario as the hours would begin to drift toward evening. The only problem was that we would be a bit exposed until the sun started getting lower on the horizon — and sure enough, a trio of hens showed up headed directly for us. Knowing we were sitting ducks against the keen eyesight of Rio Grande turkeys, there was nothing for us to do but freeze and hope for the best. Unbelievably, the lead hen didn’t retreat until she was six yards from me — and did so casually even then. To me, there will never be a better test performed on a camouflage pattern than the one I’d just witnessed first-hand.


Mossy Oak claims Bottomland is designed to help you blend in naturally with dark environments in part by obscuring your outline. In the aforementioned scenario, it did exactly that. And for a guy that needs a product to prove its worth before I feel comfortable endorsing it, this is just what the doctor ordered!


Recommended for You

Timing and presentation are key to a successful decoy strategy. Whitetail

How To Use Deer Decoys In The Rut

John Dudley

Timing and presentation are key to a successful decoy strategy.

Is your bow setup a bit noisy? Try these tips to silence it. Bow Accessories

6 Ways to Make Your Bow Quieter

Darron McDougal

Is your bow setup a bit noisy? Try these tips to silence it.

These tools and tactics are what minimalist tree saddle hunters use to climb! Treestands & Blinds

How Do You Get Up the Tree for Saddle Hunting?

Greg Staggs

These tools and tactics are what minimalist tree saddle hunters use to climb!

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

South African Warthog

South African Warthog

Mike Schoby and his wife Dory go on an action-packed South African hunt for plains game including the warthog.

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Kevin Steele and the boys are bowhunting turkeys with the help of some well-placed decoys.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

We Rank 16 Top Models on Sharpness, Accuracy, Penetration & More


It's that time of year when Arrows & Broadheads

2017 Fixed-Blade Broadhead Test

Jon E. Silks - December 12, 2017

We Rank 16 Top Models on Sharpness, Accuracy, Penetration & More It's that time of year...

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques. How-To

Shooting Your Bow With One Eye Versus Two

Bill Winke

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques.

Check out our picks for the best new bow sights from the 2019 ATA Show! ATA Show

Best New Bow Sights for 2019

Tony J. Peterson - January 10, 2019

Check out our picks for the best new bow sights from the 2019 ATA Show!

See More Stories

More Apparel

We put the classic pattern to the test in the turkey woods. Apparel

Field Tested: Mossy Oak Bottomland Checks Every Box

Drew Pellman - May 10, 2019

We put the classic pattern to the test in the turkey woods.

For all the lady bowhunters out there, you'll want to check out the Sitka Gear Women's Big Game Clothing Line that's designed specifically for your comfort. Apparel

Gear Review: Sitka Gear Women's Big Game Clothing Line

Emily Kantner - December 07, 2017

For all the lady bowhunters out there, you'll want to check out the Sitka Gear Women's Big...

Got big dreams for a big buck this fall? Then you've got to beat a whitetail's senses, starting with his nose. Apparel

To Fool a Big Buck's Wary Nose, Scent Control Clothing Is a Must

Lynn Burkhead - October 04, 2018

Got big dreams for a big buck this fall? Then you've got to beat a whitetail's senses,...

See More Apparel

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×