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Camouflage for Various Environments (The Camouflage Thread)

Discussion in 'Bags, Gear And Load-Outs' started by S.R. Crawford, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. S.R. Crawford

    S.R. Crawford .410

    Most of us here use camo for one purpose or another. Many of us hunt, some of us like looking awesome at the range, others are fully prepared to wage a guerilla war if necessary. Whatever the reason, it can be cool and useful to have.
    Here in the state of California we have a somewhat diverse climate, ranging from the driest desert in the world to the Redwood Forests in the North Coast. Naturally this calls for several types of camouflage in different areas.
    I've collected surplus since high school, and as such I've ended up with quite a few camouflage uniforms. Some of these are more vintage but I do own several to use. Seeing as I have an afternoon free today I want to take some time to discuss some of my favorite patterns and the various parts of my state I use them in.

    I've created a map of some of the larger zones in California and labeled them according to which type of pattern I would use in that area. This is only meant to be a very general overview for each area, and is geared more toward the winter months.
    I live in the LA area and Southern California is where I do most of my hunting. There's a bit of variety here but for the most part I can get away with wearing deserts pretty much anywhere. I have two desert patterns that I use, they are:

    -6-Color Desert
    -3-Color Desert

    I only have MOPP gear in 6-color, but I like the pattern so much that I'll be getting a fatigue set for general use. The Mojave Desert is very rocky and the 6-color does very well there. The details in the pattern also help it to hide in drier woods in the summer. 3-Color Desert has been my go to for a long time and works well in grassy areas in the mountains.
    I find these patterns useful in these areas:

    -Mojave Desert
    -Low Sierra
    -Some parts of the Transverse Ranges
    -Urban Areas (3-Color Desert)

    The mountains in SoCal are very brown at lower elevation and I usually use a desert pattern. Higher up they turn to evergreen forests where I'll use woodland patterns, but I'm rarely ever in those areas for hunting. Woodland patterns are definitely more useful further north. I do have a few woodland patterns however:

    -M81 Woodland

    AOR2 is my current go to for deer hunting in the San Gorgonios. The lighter colors blend very well in the grassy areas around the river. M81 has also been a long time favorite of mine, however I don't own any currently. I only have research experience with flecktarn, however I think it will do very well in some areas. I have a flecktarn parka on the way, I figure anytime I'll need to wear a jacket I'll be in woodlands anyway.
    Woodland patterns are most effective in these areas:

    -Coastal Mountains
    -High Sierra
    -Transverse Ranges
    -San Diego/Palomar Area
    -Northern California
    -Bay/Sacramento Area

    I'm curious to see what kind of camouflage the rest of you use, post your patterns here.
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  2. cmcdonald

    cmcdonald Forum Moderator Staff Member Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

    My favourite camo....whatever is on sale!! :lol:

    Thanks for this thread, I've been waiting quite awhile to break that one out again!!
  3. S.R. Crawford

    S.R. Crawford .410

    I'm with you there, a lot of the patterns I have I wasn't really interested in until I saw it at a good price.
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  4. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

    Same here. Everywhere I hunt has pretty much the same color scheme

    I've killed deer, turkeys, etc in hunters orange red plaid, blue jeans, etc. I think most camo is designed to please the human eye more than an animals. Most animals I've encountered were more concerned with movement than camo.

    Personally I like the original Realtree pattern and the MO Breakup.
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  5. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter

    Maybe the Swedish M90 camo could suit your forests ?


    There is also a Tan / Desert version


    Personally i like the classsic US Woodland / ERDL. I have this original US mil rain/softshell set in mint condition.


    ..and i like the German WW2 eichenlaub tarnmuster pattern


    But i mostly mix/use clothes in various shades of green and grey

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  6. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

    A little OT but (1) won't the spotter get tremendous muzzle blast where he is? :eek: and (2) why does he have a shotgun laying on him? :D
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  7. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter

    Muzzle blast is good for the skin.. so ive heard :D Hey.. we are vikings !
    It looks like they are on the same hight.. the angle of the roof/picture might trick you..
    I guess thats his primary weapon on the back.. the MG maybe belongs to the guy taking the pictures ? I have no clue..
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  8. S.R. Crawford

    S.R. Crawford .410

    Holy cow that M90 desert is one of the coolest patterns I've ever seen, Europeans sure do come up with some cool stuff. Unfortunately it seems to be difficult to get over here. It looks like an improved German Splittertarn. M81 is one of the most effective patterns for dense forests in my opinion, it gets criticized a lot for being too dark but I think that's exactly what makes it work. I've even used it with success in drier environments, that was against people too (airsoft with my brothers).

    Most animals are color blind, I think certain patterns might help to break up your outline but the color doesn't matter too much. Then again I don't need side saddles and RIS to kill birds either. Personally I do more than just hunt with it too, I find military trousers more comfortable than jeans for training and in the heat and I airsoft too.
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  9. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter

    The M90 tropical is even here hard to find as surplus. Standard m90 is found everywhere..

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  10. S.R. Crawford

    S.R. Crawford .410

    Ran down to the surplus store today and picked up a pair of flecktarn trousers to go with the parka I ordered. They only had a few pairs that were all the same size, fortunately it was my size. Maybe just a tad short, they fit more like jeans while I prefer BDUs to be a bit longer so I can blouse them to my boots more easily. They seem to be a heavyweight cotton fabric which feels a lot nicer than the rip-stop we tend to use. They have a zipper too which was surprising, here in the US Military we button our pants.


    Edit: it's 65% wool, the rest polyester. Not a bad blend for colder weather.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2021
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  11. John A.

    John A. Unconstitutional laws are not laws. Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator

    My youngest son loves flektarn.

    With that said, as for actual camo patterns, natural gear and Ston' camo are my 2 all time favorites.

    And like Mike mentioned, I have hunted a lot in nothing more than a field jacket, blue jeans and red/black plaid shirts for years too.

    But, camo is supposed to help you blend in.

    That could be anything from:

  12. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter

    Yep, blend in.. thats the key.. Even in a SHTF situation.. So keep a "non tactical/camo" set ready too :)
  13. S.R. Crawford

    S.R. Crawford .410

    I think my giant, tank-barreled shotgun might limit the effectiveness of any "non tactical" camo set.
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