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How to make camouflage netting

Updated April 17, 2017

Camouflage netting breaks up unnatural lines and shapes within a natural environment. Its main uses are in military engagements and during hunting expeditions. Camouflage netting conceals objects in a variety of environments, including desert, tundra, forest and grassland. Camouflaged netting often features strips of fabric that flutter about with the wind, giving the intruding object a three-dimensional measure of concealment.

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  1. Cut the anti-rot treated shrimp net to the desired size. For instance, if you plan on wearing your net, ensure that it will completely cover your body without dragging on the ground. Military units, especially snipers, create specifically crafted garments made from camouflage netting known as "gillie suits." If your net is to conceal a hunting blind, size the net accordingly.

  2. Wash and dry your net with anti-scented laundry detergent. Strange scents are among your greatest enemies while hunting game. The used shrimping net might need two or three washes to completely remove the left-over shellfish smell.

  3. Weave twigs and branches through your shrimp net. Ensure the foliage is native to the area where your net will be used. Better yet, if you plan on using your net in a specific tree or bush, find foliage from these particular plants. Rather than removing green twigs and branches from living trees, try to find your foliage on the ground.

  4. Weave leaves through your homemade camouflage netting. As before, ensure the leaves complement the area of use. The leaves will flutter and wave in the breeze, making your netting seem less wall-like and more organic. Ensure that you can still see through your net from behind its camouflaged cover.

  5. Leave your netting outside in the elements for several days before use. Drape the net over a fence or pole, and avoid placing it on the ground. That will speed up the decomposition of your attached foliage. Leaving your net outside allows the rope fibres to soak up the outdoor scents, while removing your own from the newly added foliage.

  6. Tip

    Add long strips of burlap if you have a hard time getting your leafy foliage to stay in your netting. Tie one end of each strip around a length of net fibre to hold it in place.


    While hunting with your camouflaged netting, always wear or display hunter orange near your location.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shears
  • Anti-rot treated shrimp net
  • Anti-scent laundry detergent
  • Local foliage

About the Author

Aaron Kopf

Aaron Kopf graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with honors in 2009, holding a Bachelor of Arts in communication. While enjoying his time at college, Kopf was published in The Echo and Vortex magazine.

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