Duck Boat Camo Stencils

May 21, 2010 by  

By Drew Hall

I’ve always searched for good stencils and never been able to find them. So, I decided to make some. It’ll take an hour or so to cut them out once you’ve printed them, but it’ll be worth it in the end. All in all its a four to five step process, depending on how much depth you want. Assuming you already have a flat duck boat brown or green as a background, you’ll need to add another similar color in large vertical patterns. You don’t have to do this, but it’ll give it more depth in the end. Next you’ll take the bark section and do the whole boat over with black as your color with the bark stencils. Take your time and don’t get in a rush. The next step is to use the grass stencil with a reed color. You’ll start to see things really take shape now. If you want even more depth to the grass and leaves, while painting them you can use two colors and just kind of glaze one color over for a blend. You don’t want to do every leaf like this, but some of them will really give it a natural feel. You don’t want a lot of contrast for that step, you want more of a gradual gradient.And finally add the leaves. I recommend some tan leaves and some drab green leaves but be creative.

I recommend using a manilla envelope or something about that flexibility and width for your stencil base. You can use rolled up tape on the back to hold it in place while spraying. Someone on even suggested spraying just a tiny bit of 3M Spray Adhesive to really make it stick while painting, but of course that will end with a little adhesive always left. But, it’s a duck boat, not a ski boat! If it’s sticky that means more camo is just gonna stick to it!

The images below are simulated images. I did not paint that boat, because it isn’t mine. The owners probably wouldn’t want me slapping my logo on the side of their new jon boat. But, I wanted you guys to have a visual on how it would end up. Please try this on cardboard or something you don’t care about before you try it on your boat. You’ll want to get the technique down before you start spraying all over your boat and don’t like how it looks.

Pass these duck boat stencils on to others freely as needed. I created this pattern from scratch, using photos of leaves, saw grass and I just sketched the bark. If you guys aren’t into cutting with an Exacto knife, I suggest you buy some quality stencil kits like Styx River, Reelfoot Camo, or even Cabelas offers several different kits. Don’t forget to leave comments and send me photos of your finished projects. Enjoy!

Drew Hall is an outdoor writer from South Georgia. His passion for
the outdoors led him to journalism school, and eventually into the
field of outdoor journalism. He has had numerous articles published in
regional and national publications and writes a regular blog at from which this article was originally

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10 Comments on "Duck Boat Camo Stencils"

  1. mat on Sat, 22nd May 2010 4:24 am 

    thank you these are great going to try em out today.

  2. Drew Hall on Tue, 25th May 2010 9:56 am 

    Hope you enjoy them man! They took a good while to create.

  3. Ryan on Tue, 7th Sep 2010 7:54 pm 

    I used your camo stencils for the inside of my duck and walleye special. I painted the inside with a an air sprayer using kush olive drab duck boat paint and then painted the stencils over top using camo spray paint. I cut a few corners on the grass stencil because it was too hard to cut but it turned out acceptable. I printed the stencils on a manila folder cover and then cut the printed portions out. Thanks for the stencils, the ducks won’t even know I’m there.


  4. Daryl Hall on Fri, 5th Nov 2010 9:59 am 

    Hey Ryan,
    Can you email me a picture of your boat with these stencils?
    Thanks man.

    [email protected]

  5. James Luetkenhaus on Mon, 10th Jan 2011 10:16 pm 

    I found your stencils and love the way they look. I would like to try this pattern on my little Bass Raider that I use to duck hunt, but I can’t figure out how to print the stencils. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you and may god bless all your hunts.

  6. Key on Sat, 26th Feb 2011 5:09 pm 

    I found a great way to make very durable stencils. Print out the stencil on paper, tape it to a large heavy plastic “For Sale” sign (they sell them at Home Depot), and then use a razor sharp utility knife to cut out the stencil. It’s a tedious process, but you end up with a very good stencil that holds up well. I’ve made several, and when I camo, I layer, but use no more than 3 (e.g. grass, leaves, cattails), or it looks too dark/messy. I practiced on my garage floor (wife loved that) to experiment with different patterns first. For paint, Wal-Mart sells ultra-flat camouflage paint.

    Good luck.

  7. Tammy Sanders on Mon, 2nd May 2011 7:08 pm 

    I have looked everywhere for realistic hunting stencils for my cake decorating. Would you be so kind as to send me some of your free stencils for me to try?

    My address is
    Tammy Sanders
    1011 Orchard Street
    Flippin, AR 72634

    Thanks so much

  8. thetrinitybayduckhunter on Tue, 1st Nov 2011 1:08 pm 

    i think that these stencils look pretty cool. could i happen to get some free

  9. Cindy Dauwalter on Thu, 5th Jan 2012 11:12 am 

    Could you send me a stencil of a walleye if you have one.

  10. on Sun, 28th Aug 2016 8:20 pm 

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images
    on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem
    on my end or if it’s the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly

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