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3 North American Forests and the Game You'll Find There

Match the North  American forests you hunt with the right camo option.

North America contains a variety of forest ecosystems home to diverse game animals and birds alike. Different elevation and latitude of these forests lead to various climates and tree species. Below are a few North American forest types, the game you'll find and the appropriate camouflage to sport while there.

Taiga or Boreal Forest

Covering most of Alaska, Southern Canada and some parts of the northern U.S., Boreal (or Taiga) Forests have short growing seasons with severely long, snowy winters and short summers. Large sections of the forest contain permanent permafrost with mostly coniferous trees, like firs, pines, spruces, hemlocks and larches. Boreal forests serve as breeding grounds to over 200 bird species, including game birds such as ptarmigan and grouse, and big game like caribou, bears, moose and elk.


The type of camouflage worn will depend on location and season. For hunting in heavy snow, opt for a pattern with high-quality images of trees and branches layered over a white background, like the Seclusion 3D Winter; it will help break the human outline and allow the individual to camouflage into their surroundings seamlessly. When there's no snow on the ground, try the faithful Seclusion 3D, Cabela's most universally effective camouflage ever created.

Rocky Mountain Complex

Towering 14,000 ft. above the Great Plains and Great Basin Desert, you'll find the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains, extending from British Columbia and Alaska all the way south to northern New Mexico. Due to varying elevation and latitude, the Rocky Mountain complex houses six forest types: pinyon-juniper woodland, ponderosa pine forest, aspen grove, lodgepole pine forest, spruce-fir forest, subalpine forest and riparian forest. Ponderosa pine forests in elevated areas of Arizona, such as Flagstaff and Payson, are home to elk, mule deer, javelina, bighorn sheep and waterfowl, just to name a few.

Golden Aspen Forest in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado



Besides ponderosa pines, these forests contain ground-level vegetation including oaks, grasses and low shrubs in addition to firs, aspen, pines and paper birch. With this combination of needles, cones and oak leaves, the True Timber Mixed Pine is a versatile camo that allows hunters to disappear into pine and hardwood forests.

Pacific Coastal Complex

The Pacific Coast Complex boasts seven types of forests with differing elevation, annual precipitation and geological activity. The mountains of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia contain northwest oak-pine, northwest riparian, Douglas fir and subalpine forests while the fogbelt contains spruce-hemlock, redwood and closed-cone pine forests.

Olympic RainforestSubalpine forests, like the Cascade Mountains, are perfect for hunting deer, elk, black bear, cougar, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and rocky mountain goat. These forests are densely packed with trees and branches, including mountain hemlock, subalpine fir, whitebark pine and Alaska-cedar. As a result, the Camo West Vanish, one of the highest quality patterns on the market, is the perfect camo for this forest type.


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3 North American Forests and the Game You'll Find There