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What is the Best Camo Pattern for Treestand Hunting

hunter in treestand aiming with bow

Have you ever wondered what the best camo pattern for treestand hunting is? Although movement is the biggest killer, camo matters too. Well, I have been thinking about this question a lot lately and decided to do some research. The latest camo definitely increases your ability to remain concealed in your tree stand. 

There are many different types of camouflage patterns out there, but which one should be your choice? Let’s take a look at the different types of camouflage. 

The Basic Types of Camouflage

  1. Disruptive Coloration
  2. Concealing Coloration
  3. Disguise & Mimicry


Disruptive Coloration

Huntworth Men’s Hunting Hoodie...

Huntworth Disruption Digital Camo

Now, disruptive coloration is when your camo has spots or stripes that break up its outline. This type of camouflage can help you blend into your surroundings.

According to, CADPAT was the world’s first digital camouflage pattern – initially pioneered by the Canadian forces in 1996

Disruptive colors like black, white, browns, reds, yellows, greens, blues, purples, etc., will all work well as they disrupt your outline. These colors make it harder for prey to see you because you don’t match any background objects. Another advantage of disruptive camouflage is blending into various color shades, terrains, and seasons. 

Huntworth® offers a great selection of disruptive camouflage products. Here is what they say on their website about their line of disruptive camouflage: 

Disruption® digital camo hunting clothes leverage abstract visual noise to prevent detection. The digital camo pattern works in both rocky western terrain and eastern hardwoods –at ground level and in the tree stand. Plus, Disruption’s coloration works in various seasonal color shades, creating year-round digital camouflage clothing. It even works well in a light layering of snow or frost…”



Concealing Coloration

Realtree – Concealment Is Our Edge 

Basically, you’re trying to blend in with your background and appear part of your natural surroundings. REALTREE® has several concealment camos available – depending on your area, you can choose from various trees, shrubs, grasses, leaves, moss, bark, lichens, and more!

Here is what they say on their website about their Realtree EDGE® camo pattern:

Hunting comes with a lot of challenges. Being confident you’re concealed shouldn’t be one of them. Introducing new Realtree EDGE™, the first camo pattern that allows you to blend into your hunting environment at close range, with natural elements arranged in a way to disrupt the human form at a distance.


You’ll find their camouflages very effective, not only if you hunt from a treestand. Realtree offers a Camo Guide on their website to choose the ideal camo for your area and hunting species. 

Choose your country first (the US or Canada), then your region and terrain, and lastly, the game you are after. In the example above, I did choose US, Midwest, Hardwoods/Mixed Forests, and Deer. And here is the link to their camo guide:

Make sure to check it out before buying your next set of camo pants!

Mossy Oak

Concealing Coloration

Gamekeeper Fleece Lined Waterproof...

Mossy Oak Fleece Treestand

Mossy Oak is another brand that has a wide variety of camo types available. They’ve been around since 1986 and created a bunch of very successful hunting patterns. If you are hunting from a treestand, they have several camouflage patterns to choose from. To name a few: 

  • Country DNA
  • Bottomland
  • Break-Up Country
  • Obsession
  • Greenleaf
  • Mountain Country

And according to their website, they are Americas #1 Camo Brand: 

Since 1986, we’ve created dozens of unique, industry-leading hunting patterns that closely resemble the natural environment and blend you into your surroundings better than any camouflage in history. Powered by advanced photorealistic 3D imagery, cutting-edge concealment technologies, and the most effective designs for every species and season, they’ve proven in the field by three decades of successful hunts — and by millions of lifelong loyal hunters. Proudly making Mossy Oak the number one camouflage patterns in America.


ASAT Camouflage

Hunting Jacket ASAT

ASAT Jacket Insulated 

I know. It looks pretty different. But those guys put in a lot of research and what they are saying is that basically, the yellow-based tan is the pattern that reflects all other colors. Animal vision is what counts. 

ASAT Doesn’t Look Like Anything? Exactly! Are you going hunting or to the Prom? ASAT was built towards animal vision and not what the consumer thinks is pretty.


Rob Smollack, President of ASAT Camouflage, is even up for a challenge. He says that “If you use ASAT Camo exclusively for 1 year and do not see more game than you ever have wearing any other brand of camo, we will buy it back guaranteed!” 

Read more about their company and quality camo products here:

Disguising and Mimicry

Disguising yourself while hunting from a treestand is probably best done by disguising your treestand. Brush in your stand using branch holders, wear camo with concealing or disruptive patterns and keep quiet. 

What Camouflage Is the Best?

Now here is your answer: It depends! That’s probably not what you wanted to hear. But that’s the truth. It depends on where you are hunting, the terrain, the season, weather conditions, time of day, and how much cover around you… There’s no perfect answer.

What we do know, though, is that camouflage does help hunters to stay longer undetected, which means less stress and better chances for your hunting success. So, go ahead and pick whatever fits your needs the most.

If you’re unsure what camo to pick, ask someone of that area who hunts regularly. They might have some good advice for you. Alternatively, play around with the Realtree camo guide or pick one of the multi-purpose camo patterns like Huntworth or ASAT.

Just remember, when choosing your camouflage, think about its purpose, whether it helps you blend into your surroundings or disguise your presence. And if you want to make sure you don’t get detected, don’t forget to disguise your stand too. 

Conversation | 1 comment:

  1. I feel like people focus way too much on camo patterns and forget about gear actually being comfortable/warm/breathable depending on what you need. Remember, you’ll be sitting on the stand for hours most likely, so make it comfortable! My go-to is Sitka gear for that cause.


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