The type of hunting you do will determine what kind of camouflage or ghillie suit you need.
Do you plan to stalk game? Are you more comfortable lying down or moving? What is your weapon of choice?
The Special Needs of Archers
Bow hunters have rather specialized needs. It is critical for archers to have their shooting arm and chest area free of extra material.
Having freedom of action is critical. In order to be successful, nothing can interfere with the action of their bow string. Archers are usually within 20 yards of their target; there’s little room for error.
Whether you are in a tree stand, hiding in a blind or stalking, safety and flexibility are your watch words. Generally, bow hunters are covered from head to boot.
Most ghillie suits appropriate for archers have additional jute, burlap or synthetic netting/fabric. The purpose to to give each hunter enough material to individualize his suit for his unique needs.
If the ghillie suit is made of jute or burlap, it has been treated with fire retardant. If the suit is washed off (natural fabrics generally won’t withstand washing in a machine), be sure to retreat the garment with the extra retardant supplied with the suit.
The Name of the Game is Mobility
The sharp-eyed turkey offers a special challenge. Many hunters like poncho-type gear. Because only the top half of the body is covered, it gives the hunter the flexibility to stalk his game.
Another product for the upright stalk is something called a “flage suit.” It is a one-piece ghillie suit that hangs from the shoulders to the boots. The body is totally encased in the suit and usually has 2 lbs. of extra material.
Camo Blankets & Netting
The first time I saw the item below, I was convinced it was a product for the funeral industry! A goose hunter might use this to lie down in a field, waiting for geese.
These camo blankets and netting are an improvement over the old do-it-yourself methods of hiding yourself and your equipment. I look at them as portable hunting blinds.
They can be hung from trees and draped between upright posts, so you can rearrange your temporary blind to meet your changing needs.
Keeping Your Rifle Undercover
In my last report (coming soon), the issue of covering yourself and your equipment will be discussed. You may be able to use the excess materials from your ghillie suit to cover your weapon. However, each month more companies develop camo especially for the gun. The designs are getting more complete all the time.
It makes little sense to buy a ghillie suit, yet leave your hands, face and gun shiny. Light will reflect off each of these surfaces. And your quarry will thank you, as he races away to the next county!
Paintballers and Ghillie Wear
Military snipers and hunters aren’t the only folks who’ve developed a fondness for ghillie suits.
Paintballers have joined the fun; they tend to choose suits in the new synthetic fabrics. Generally, the materials are rot-proof, easy to wash, mildew resistant and the threads used to stitch the garment are synthetic (because cotton threads would rot in the rough-and-tumble world of paintballing).
This blog is a companion to my website: GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com