Camo pattern not blending in right? Become a natural camouflage master to disappear wherever you go.
You’re probably thinking, “Why do I need to know natural camouflage methods? I’ve got plenty of camo clothing in my closet!”
That’s what I initially thought, too. How often would I realistically be in a survival situation where natural camouflage would be critical? The next moment, I remembered how my favorite camo pattern wasn’t enough to hide me from the keen eyes of a whitetail just last season!
So I ate a piece of humble pie and paid attention to natural camouflage.
The methods discussed below have surprisingly good results, but are shockingly easy to do. In addition to the natural camouflage methods, you need to utilize dead space in the field. Dead space is an area where people or animals don’t naturally focus on.
For example, by leaning into a tree, rock, etc. behind you and having some slight brushy cover in front of you, your silhouette is completely hidden by the structure and shadows.
Warm Weather Natural Camouflage
First, apply some mud or clay to your body. Natural camouflage is not for clean freaks! Simply scoop up some handfuls and glob it on!
Next, grab handfuls of dead leaves, branches, needles, etc. from the ground and apply to your sticky body. Feel free to even roll around on the ground.
The materials will be cemented in place once the mud hardens. As a side bonus, it helps keep mosquitoes from biting.
The best part about this method is that you can truly blend into any environment! You’re using dirt and materials from that specific location, which can also help mask your scent.
Cold Weather Natural Camouflage
If it’s too cold to go slopping some mud all over your naked skin, you can use natural camouflage over clothing as well!
Choose dull, earth-toned clothing as your first layer. From there, dull your clothing even further by smearing some wood ash or dirt on it.
Then go even further by applying some wood charcoal or clay in asymmetrical patterns. Finish off with mud.
At this point, you simply need to do the same as the warm weather approach. Apply crushed leaves, litter from the forest floor, small branches, etc. to the mud on your clothing.
It should wash out in the laundry, but if you’re worried, just use some cheaper clothing options.
Besides just being a good skill to have, natural camouflage is a really fun way to spend an afternoon. Take your kids out to teach them how to do it – they will love it!