Great Canadian Camouflage's flagship desert pattern, ATHABASKA DAWN is the result of around 6 years of research and development efforts to bring back a camo technique that hasn't been seen since the dinosaurs were alive. Perfect for Canada's arid western environments, from the Badlands to the Prairies, ATHABASKA DAWN incorporates tried and true technology into new principles of camouflage theory.
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What this camouflage is good for:
Athabaska Dawn camouflage is intended for use in arid, open regions, primarily badlands and prairies, but can also be used in certain maritime habitats, oak savannahs, farmlands and - for a brief window in the transition period of autumn - the open tundra.
Athabaska Dawn camo is meant to be worn during spot-and-stalk situations, and stand hunting at ground level only. Though some situations may allow this camo to be worn in partially wooded terrain, we do not advise wearing this pattern in a tree stand.
Athabaska Dawn camo is designed for western big-game hunting, predator hunting, and waterfowl hunting. It is not recommended for turkeys or moose.
Why this camouflage works so well:
While Athabaska Dawn camouflage actually does have photorealistic elements, it's strength doesn't lie in looking like anything in particular; rather it is engineered to hide the human form by dividing it into abstract pieces, some of which will appear blurrier at a distance than others, creating a high-depth illusion that deceives even the cleverest quarry.
Like our Borealis and Titanium patterns, Athabaska Dawn is a Meta-Camouflage pattern - meaning it is a camo pattern composed of pieces of other camo patterns. The simple miliary-style desert camo background, the abstract pen-and-ink grey and white rippling, the waving golden wheat and cattail blend, and the dinosaur skin, are all measured, tested and perfected individually. After that, the elements are arranged into the final pattern, which is tested and altered as often as required to achieve the perfect disruption effect as well as ensuring the 4 elements interact seamlessly. This is a very hard, time consuming task, but the results speak for themselves. Perfection is worth it.
Tips for bear hunting:
Never trust a bear. Bears, both Browns (including Grizzlies and Kodiaks) and Blacks, are infamously unpredictable and on both species have been known to attack humans for undetermined reasons. While Black Bears tend to be more direct with any rare malicious intent, Brown Bears have been known to cleverly ambush hunters. This includes walking backwards to create a false trail, doubling back on their tracks and jumping off their previous trail. On at least one occasion a British Columbia Grizzly hid behind an upturned tree root and killed his pursuer from behind after the hunter walked past the tree.
Bears are notoriously difficult to field judge, and it takes alot of experience and alot of bears to get good at it. An old wive's tale is that the width of the front footprint in inches, minus one, times one hundred, will give you the bear's live weight in pounds. However this is not very accurate in practice.
A trick told to us by an old timer is that bears can be attracted to a hunting site by blowing as loud as you can through the highest note on a harmonica. This may have some scientific weight, as bears' predatory instincts are known to be triggered by elk bugles and rabbit screams, which are similar in pitch.
Canada is the birthplace of camouflage! In 2011, oil sands workers near Fort McMurray, Alberta, discovered a very well preserved fossil dinosaur. It was a large armoured dinosaur named Borealopelta - Northern Shield. This dinosaur was so well preserved that the pigment in it's skin was still intact, revealing that Borealopelta was covered in Red and White camouflage. How appropriate that the first known use of camouflage was not only Canadian, but red and white to boot. Taking impressions of the actual skin of this dinosaur and colouring them with it's red and white camouflage to make a perfect desert overtone, a camo pattern so good that not even fossilization could hide it...
This is our tribute to the first camouflage pattern ever.
The first Canadian camouflage.