Sunday Special: Hunter & Paintball Ghillie Wear

Just what should a Hunting Fashionista wear while chasing game or other paintballers?  The first half of our name should give you a hint:  Great Ghillies And Graphics!

Because we have so many items, they are split into 2 categories — Ghillies:  Suits & Accessories and Ghillies:  Jackets & Pants.

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From the Ghillies:  Jackets & Pants Category 

This Ultra-Light Jacket is available in different sizes: ML, XL-2XL and ML Long. This item is more comfortable for warm weather hunting.

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This Ultra-Light Weight Sniper Jacket and Pants is also useful in an area of warm weather hunting. Woodland Pattern (as shown) is "all season."

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An outer shell of 3/4" netting on this Ghillie Jacket allows the user to insert vegetation or any additional material to alter coloration and pattern of camouflage.

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This Stalker Ghillie Poncho is great for crawling. Your back is completely covered. Colors available: woodland, mossy, desert, winter white and leafy green.

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From the Ghillies:  Suits and Accessories Category 

Kid's Ghillie Suits are very popular -- especially around Christmas! Three suits are available.

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This specialty product is perfect for the Bow Hunter. The shooting arm and chest areas are left without jute/burlap material, so it does not interfere with the hunter's bow-string action!

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These Blind Covers are extremely versatile and some come with their own carrying bag. Colors available: desert (shown), woodland, mossy and leafy green.

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Tomorrow: Come Back for more Fishing & Hunting Info! 

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Tips for Finding and Using a Tree Stand

Choosing the wrong tree for a deer stand can make or break your hunting experience.  Here are a few hints for the newbie hunter.

Deer Hunter at Sunset **

Advantages of a Tree Stand

There are several advantages to using a tree as your shooting spot, whether you are bowhunting or using a gun.

  • You will be above the deer’s range of vision
  • Your scent will be above the deer’s head (less likely to smell you)
  • Trees generally offer a wider range of view than ground blinds
  • Animals shot from above and exiting lower offer a better blood trail for finding a wounded animal
  • Trees are safer for hunters; you are less likely to be taken for game

Factors for a Great Tree Stand

You have found a likely place to hunt deer.  Since you have decided to hunt in a tree, look around your site. Avoid trees that are dead, leaning with a serious tilt, having a wide base (cypress comes to mind), or one having too many low limbs. One experienced hunter told me that the most comfortable tree stand he ever used had a tilt away from the spot he wanted to face.  Why? He was able to lean against the tree during long waiting periods in relative comfort.

Take Your Tree Stand Along

While scouting for a likely spot, bring an axe (or a small saw) and your stand.  If you are like me, the next idea will be the hard part. Imagine yourself in the tree stand.  Can you move around as you like?  Can you see far enough down the trail, path, whatever — as you need to? Adapting a hunting position is easier now, before you have a gun and other equipment to handle.

Other Factors to Consider

As if the  previous ideas weren’t enough trouble, here are 3 more to think about while selecting your tree.

  • If you are a bowhunter, consider removing overhead branches that might interfere with your bow action.
  • Try to choose a site that will stay in shadows so sunlight won’t give your site away to wary animals *
  • Think about prevailing winds; you don’t want the wind to blow past you toward the game you are watching

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*  Remove watches and other bling.  Is your gun matte?  Sunlight (striking shiny surfaces) will give your location away.

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‘Sunset Stand’ used by permission of ClearVue Graphics

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Published in: on October 20, 2010 at 10:16 am  Comments Off on Tips for Finding and Using a Tree Stand  
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Quick Tips for New Bowhunters

Here are some tips for bowhunters gathered from a variety of sources:  books, magazines and expert bowhunters, I’ve met over the years.

I really admire anyone who uses a bow to hunt.  It seems incredibly difficult to master the technique and bring down game!

Using Scent to Attract Large Game

In order to get a shot at a whitetail (or other large game), it is necessary

 

A Few Tips for Bowhunters!

 

for that game to cooperate by moseying across your path.

The idea is to place some scent (that will attract the deer) in one area in front of you, on the opposite side from the one you use to shoot arrows.   If an animal heads toward the scent, you will know precisely where it will go.

A left-handed bowhunter should place the scent in an area in front and to the right of his/her site.  The scent should be placed to the front and left of a right-handed person’s position.

The idea behind placing the scent in front of you is that the deer will be attending to the scent — and not you.

Practicing During Miserable Conditions

Successful bowhunters assure me that game usually saunters past when conditions are at their worst — especially during wet and windy times.

Do you practice under those conditions?  Since the wind can affect your aim, you need to know how to compensate.

You may find that your release of the arrow feels sloppy when wet weather causes the string to hang up.

Waiting for a good shot in lousy weather isn’t so much fun.   Staying out in ugly weather is even less fun when you miss.  Practicing in less-than-perfect weather is important for future success!

Two More Tips for Bowhunters

  • Make sure your bow and arrows are matched to each other,
  • If you need to economize, pinch pennies when you buy your bow, not on your arrows!

Recurve and Penetration Problems

When you shoot from a tree stand,  do you drop your bow arm instead of bending from the waist to aim-and-release?  By standing up and lowering the arm, the draw length is shortened.

“With a recurve, this means less energy is available to drive the arrow.  The bow gets blamed when our shooting form is the culprit.” *

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* Quote from S F Burke, bowhunting teacher

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This Sunday: I have a program that will show rear window graphics here on my blog (from one of my 21 categories).  This week will be fishing decals.

If you are interested, come on by!  I don’t plan to announce it on Twitter.  On Monday, we will be back to “our regularly scheduled program.”

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Published in: on October 16, 2010 at 12:07 am  Comments Off on Quick Tips for New Bowhunters  
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Why is Dave Richey’s Monday Article So Great?

Who is Dave Richey?

A retired news paper journalist, Dave Richey keeps his readers entertained while trying to educate them. Monday’s article was, “Wishing for the Right Shot.”

Dave might be competing with Job for the title, “Most Patient Man on Earth!”

Here’s a bit of what he has to say.” I shoot bucks that are broadside or quartering away, and have learned over many years to wait for one of these shots. If it doesn’t present itself, you wait some more.

More deer are lost because of sloppy shooting and shots taken at a low-percentage angle, and the result is a wounded deer. It’s far better to wait for the shot you want.”

Hunters as Teachers

I think that is the value of seasoned hunters sharing their stories. They love the sport and teach us the finer points of hunting.

Watch all the deer! Otherwise, a doe or fawn may move into line just as you fire!

I remember being in a deer blind with my husband and son, many years ago. Chris, our son, wanted to blast whatever came within range. It took some discussion to get Chris to agree that it wasn’t a particularly good shot.

I recall that Chris was surprised that Richard, his father, was so concerned about having a “clean kill” … that the animal dropped dead, and not race around wildly, in pain.

As a youngster, Chris saw the immediate gain; he believed he would never get another shot. Time and experience taught him that this wasn’t true.

Info for Bow Hunters

Richey admonishes, “Bow hunters with very little experience … : Never take a shot the buck (or doe) offers; wait for the shot you want or don’t shoot. It’s simple advice but many people count on luck rather than skill to put the arrow in the right spot.”

I’m not a bow hunter, but I can imagine that waiting for a long time with the bow set for action is incredibly tiring.

I’d say that an inexperienced bow hunter might have a hard time following his (very good) advice.

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Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 9:30 am  Comments Off on Why is Dave Richey’s Monday Article So Great?  
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Matching Your Ghillie Wear to Your Hunting

 

Bow Hunters Need Freedom of Action!

Bow Hunters Need Freedom of Action!

 

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.

 

4' x 6' Blanket

Hunter's Blanket

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).

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