What Will You be Hunting?
To me, the factor that seems to affect concealment most is the type of game you are going to hunt. Deer, elk and turkey bow hunting calls for more sophisticated concealment than most other game.
Generally, deer, elk and turkey have more experience with hunters – outsmarting them requires a more thoughtful approach. Some hunters have gone to the next generation of ghillie suits
- with ‘scent-lok,’
- suits that look more like leaves and
- making sure their suits don’t make noise!
Garments made with Scent-Lok fabric promise to keep your scent out of the wind for up to 40 field hours before it needs to be reactivated (in a dryer). These are useful with game (especially deer and elk) that rely on their sense of smell to avoid detection.
Lurking on the ‘Net
Besides buying garments with ScentLok, it can be purchased individually to spray on clothing. While following a forum discussion on the HuntingNet (www.HuntingNet.com), I noticed the hunters with experience were telling the newbies that they didn’t buy it or use it.
Briefly, the attitude seemed to be “I’ve never used it and I get my deer limit every year.” Who can argue with success? A similar attitude is: “Before camo and ghillie suits, people used to hunt game — and did just fine.”
If you want the natural fabric — jute or burlap, choose one with fire retardant (some kits include sprays, so you can renew the retardant qualities of your suit).
More About Material vs. Climate
Where will you be wearing these suits? Real burlap suits are better suited for areas with colder weather. Some burlap/jute garments have been reconfigured so they are cooler to wear (Netting and suit information tags will notify you if the garment has this quality)·
Ghillie garments with FAUXLIAGE,™ offer a durable fabric that breaks up the human outline without the bulk or noise. This product – and ones like it – offer soft leaves to break up the hunter’s image (see the lower right image). Some of the advantages of the synthetics are: rot-resistance, washablity, light weight, quiet and they come in a variety of colors.
Noise and Ghillie WearMovement and noise are criticial ways larger game are able to avoid being some hunter’s trophy. If your ghillie wear rustles (think about the ‘swish’ of nylon pants), you have problems.
Some ghillie suits have nylon and/or plastic. These are the fabrics that seem most likely to make noise when they are rubbed together. Check yours!
In the past few years, new fabrics and finishes have changed the idea of concealment – Hunters have more choices than ever before!
This blog is a companion to my website: GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com