Essential Hunting Camouflage Colors & Tools

February 16, 2022 3 min read

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Concealment and stealth are critical elements in just about every kind of hunt imaginable. Camouflage was fully embraced by militaries in World War One, and it has been improving ever since. Hunters now have the besthunting camouflage options available to keep them concealed no matter the time of year, kind of prey or location of the hunt. 

Beyond camouflage clothing, hunters rely on hunting blinds to conceal their human outline, sounds and smells. The best hunting blinds, elevated or grounded, provide maximum concealment with 360-degree sightlines and comfortable interiors. Shadow Hunter Blinds offers portable hunting blinds that ensure concealment to give you the best chance at punching your tag this season.  

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Common Camouflage Colors

The type of foliage present most frequently categorizes camouflage colors in a hunt. Hence the names Woodland, Brush, Marsh and Snow. To get the camouflage color best suited for your hunt, do some research into the type of land you are hunting in. Match your camo color to the landscape as best as possible while keeping in mind your hunting style. 

Woodland camouflage

Wooded areas are common, as many species of deer, turkey and large predators frequent forests. Woodland camo is characterized by tight patterns of varying-sized representations of wood, foliage and branches. The time of year changes the necessary color patterns for woodland camouflage. Spring turkey hunts require many more green colors to match the new foliage of a woodland environment. Fall hunts bring out the brown woodland camouflage. 

Brush camouflage

The western states have vast expanses of open land that give it the nickname Big Sky Country. The nearly treeless landscapes are home to deer, elk, antelope and more. Brush camouflage was created to conceal hunters in this relatively open environment where sagebrush and pinon pine is more common than dense tree stands. Brush camo fits into the landscape with spacious patterns featuring dead grass and only a few colors. There is very little green no matter the time of year, so brush camouflage uses various shades of brown.

Marsh camouflage

Marsh camouflage is necessary for waterfowl hunting and consists of densely packed vertical grass designs. Swampy areas require camouflage to conceal a hunter among tall grasses, reeds and corn stalks. The long vertical lines of marsh camouflage make it specific to swampy areas, so it is nearly unusable in other environments. 

Snow camouflage

Snow camouflage combines a white base color with other environment-specific characteristics. For instance, woodland snow camouflage includes branches and dead foliage on the white base to confuse prey into overlooking your human outline. Some hunting situations, like waiting at the base of a tree, necessitate mixing snow camouflage with other colors for proper concealment. 

Concealing Hunting Tools

Your prey largely determines your hunting style. For instance, an elk hunt demands mobility for tracking and rewards aggressive final moments. On the other hand, deer hunting is characterized by patience and silence. In both scenarios, the right hunting blinds keep you concealed and give you the best chance at executing a clean shot. 

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Mobile hunting blinds

If your hunt is likely to include traversing a large terrain with multiple potential foliage types, there is no better hunting tool than GhostBlind’s portable ground blinds. The blind panels and all required materials can be stored and carried in a single carrying pack weighing as little as eight pounds. GhostBlind ground blinds use six to eight mirror panels to create perfect camouflage while angling sunlight to the ground. There is no need to sacrifice concealment for long traverses with these hunting blinds.

Stationary hunting blinds

From a javelina hunt in South Texas to a spring turkey or whitetail deer hunt, an elevated hunting blind conceals hunters in more ways than one. Shadow Hunter Blinds’ deer blinds are great for keeping hunters’ smell, sounds and movement hidden from any animal. The multi-layered aluminum walls and silent-opening windows keep sounds out of the ears of prey. Elevated blinds also have the advantage of keeping hunters safe from ground-level hazards like snakes or inclement weather. The window shapes accommodate every type of hunter, and large options like the Marksman 6x8 Octagon Hunter Blind comfortably fit you and your hunting buddies. 

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Stay Concealed with Shadow Hunter Blinds

Personal camouflage has come a long way since its inception, and hunters outfit themselves with essential camouflage colors like woodland, brush, snow and marsh. Hunters rely on hunting blinds when camouflage is not enough to ensure a successful hunt. Portable ground blinds and elevated blinds give hunters the stealth they need to get a clean shot.

At Shadow Hunter Blinds, we provide hunters with high-quality elevated and ground blinds for any terrain. Contact us for more information about our blind offerings, and read our blog to learn more about blind hunting.