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SITKA Gear was born from the belief that the experience of hunting is as important—if not more important—than the harvest Going places few people go and enduring weather that keeps most home is the fabric of our tribe. We live for the uncommon experiences and awe-inspiring moments found through the pursuit. Hunting offers a focus rarely found in the constant distraction we face in our day-to-day lives. It provides a meaningful connection to the wild around us, and it awakens the wild still within us. This connection grounds us, gives us much-needed perspective, and shapes our lives far beyond a day spent in the field.

Innovation became an obsession, and SITKA continues to approach its mission methodically, one problem and one solution at a time: constantly refining in an effort to enhance every aspect of the pursuit. SITKA’s ultimate mission is to solve these problems so hunters can focus less on their gear and more on the extraordinary experience hunting provides.

SITKA Gear & Concealment

As GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country continued to prove its effectiveness in the field, SITKA applied the OPTIFADE™ concept and technology to other pursuits. SITKA developed a whitetail pattern designed around the vertical environment of tree stand hunting; created two innovative waterfowl patterns informed by research on the vision of ducks and geese in flight; engineered GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine for hunting ungulates from ground level at close range in vegetated terrain.

Each pattern is optimized for its quarry and paired with premium gear specialized for the pursuit to give the modern hunter effective tools developed through science and proven in the field.

SITKA Big Game Gear

Big Game pursuits vary from one species or environment to another, but they all share a common thread: crossing expansive terrain to get within striking distance of animals that are infinitely better suited to these wild places. The SITKA Big Game System gives hunters the tools needed to excel in these challenging conditions. From blistering heat to frigid winter storms, from dense forests to desolate rocky ridges, this specialized system is built to enhance performance with advanced fabrics, specialized design, and concealment patterns scientifically designed around the vision of big game animals. 

SITKA Big Game Camo Patterns

GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country

The GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country is scientifically designed for engagement ranges of 40 yards and beyond at ground level and is optimized for ground level encounters in a landscape of rocks, brush and scattered trees.The Open Country pattern uses the larger neutral areas of the pattern, also called the macro pattern, that are more critical to concealment at greater engagement ranges.

GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine

The GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine is designed for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level, Subalpine is optimized for engagement ranges of 50 yards or closer in vegetated and wooded terrain.

SITKA Whitetail Gear

Whitetail deer possess hyperactive senses of smell and hearing. They can also see the most subtle movement even at distance or elevation. The SITKA Whitetail System features advanced fabrics and designs that minimize noise and scent while regulating body temperature across a wide range of conditions, working with the hunter to enhance focus and precision. They also utilize the only concealment pattern scientifically engineered to confuse the vision of deer: GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II.

SITKA Whitetail Camo Pattern

GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II

The GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II is designed for whitetail hunters in an elevated position like a tree stand. Its macro and micro pattern configurations echo the higher contrast of bright sky against the shaded underside of foliage while allowing hunters to use the same pattern as the leaves change. It’s designed for engagement ranges of 80 yards or less and keeps the hunter undetectable at 15 feet high in a tree stand.

SITKA Waterfowl Gear

From the timber to the marsh and meandering rivers to the open ocean, waterfowl hunting conditions and strategies vary far and wide. The SITKA Waterfowl System integrates into any hunt, offering versatile layering options, refined fits, advanced technologies, and specialized features designed to completely optimize the waterfowl hunting experience. They also offer the only waterfowl patterns scientifically engineered around the vision of descending ducks and geese: GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh and GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber. 

SITKA Waterfowl Camo Pattern

GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh

The GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh is designed for layout and blind hunting in the marsh, standing crops, and cut stubble fields. While most patterns are designed as though the bird is on the ground looking at the hunter, the Marsh pattern utilizes a swirling effect to exploit the vision of birds in flight above the hunter. The optimal engagement distance is 35 yards at 45-degree and steeper angles.

GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber

The GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber is optimized for engagement distances of 10 to 40 yards in the darker environments of flooded timber. Because water reflects both the brightness of the sky and the dark underside of the canopy, the pattern displays areas of high contrast. As a bird descends closer to the hunter, its environment darkens, which is represented in the pattern’s overall darker appearance.

The modern hunter seeks a closer connection to the wild through the experience of the hunt and beyond. SITKA makes gear for your pursuit of mastery from dream hunts to everyday outdoor tasks, constantly innovating and obsessing over the details to enhance the life we live as hunters, 365 days a year. If you have any questions about our selection of SITKA Gear, please contact your local SCHEELS to speak with an expert.  

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