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! 

This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

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What Your Mama Taught You About Hunting

 

What Your Mother Taught You!

What Your Mother Taught You About Hunting!

 

Most hunters do not realize that their mothers (not their fathers) were their first trainers in the fine skill of hunting.

Dads came along later, to take the semi-trained youngster to the woods for further instruction. Let me show you what I mean.

Mom’s Hunting Tips

Your mother cautioned you ‘not to make a spectacle of yourself’ – an important hunting tip. Great hunters stay in the shadows – out of direct sunlight. They try not to provide a silhouette by staying lower on hills and off of ridge lines. There’s only one word for hunters who walk along the tops of hills with the sun behind them – busted!

Mama was right when she cautioned you to ‘quit wiggling.’ No matter how well you’ve camouflaged yourself, too much movement will give you away.  When taking kids hunting, I think this is the part where they have the most difficulty.

The Importance of Smell in Hunting

Most large game have an acute sense of smell. So, when your Mama told you to take a bath because you smelled, she was offering good advice.  This is not a time to bathe with your new bar of “Obsession” soap. Neutral, non-scented soap is the best idea.

Hunters planning on stalking in pine areas sometimes store their ghillie wear in plastic bags, along with pine leaves.  Those hunting in dense woods often put a variety of leaves with their ghillie suits – so they will smell more natural.

Many of the newer ghillie suits come with carbon filtration to help eliminate odor.  I recommend them for heavy smokers.

How Deer & Ducks Use Light

Your mother provided excellent hunting training when she chased you to the bus, waving your mittens. Sweet thing that she was, Mama was worried you’d catch cold. Illness is the least of a hunter’s concerns. However, having one’s hands & face (and any other exposed surface) covered is critical because your body reflects light.

When a duck is looking down at a marsh and sees a flash of light, he continues on to a safer place. Deer also have an uncanny knack for seeing a single flash and knowing it’s time to move elsewhere.

Ghillie Wear as Concealment

If the hunter is relying on his camo and ghillie wear for concealment, he needs to remember Mom’s thoughts on this issue: “Child, go back to your room and take off that ratty shirt.”

She was really explaining that worn or faded camo does you little good. When the contrast (lights vs. shadows) is gone, so is your protection! If your image isn’t broken up by the lights and shadows, you will be seen.

“Don’t be a show-off,”  was just your mother’s way of reminding you that shiny objects are seen objects!

Like your face – a thermos, rifle scope, watch – has reflective properties. These items should be removed or concealed – either with contact paper or matte tape or whatever. Remember: Your solution must be matte (flat, no reflection) or it’s no good.

When your mother queried you about “Are you ready?” and said, “Keep quiet when the visitors come,” she was doing her best to explain the importance of preparation for hunting. She was also trying to remind you to check your ‘noise factor.’

To be successful in hunting, preparation is critical. MDH* has a two page list of things he needs to do and take before he ever turns the key in the ignition.  Realizing you need to travel back 100 miles to civilization to buy a can opener is a real bummer.

Oiling squeaks, gathering hunting supplies and food, checking your weapons – all calls for advance planning.  Please note: This is one time the ‘squeaky wheel’ doesn’t win the prize. Game relies on noise and movement to save them from your dinner table.

When Mama asked you to look at something “from a different point of view,” she was offering another excellent hunting tip.

Hunters are more successful when they are not at eye-level with their quarry. Be up in a tree (10 -12 feet up), or sitting on the ground with your back to a tree. You want to see the “whites of his eyes” before your target sees yours! Be where he doesn’t expect you.

I could go on, but I think I’ve proven my point that your Mom was your first hunting teacher!

It just goes along with my other hypothesis: Your Mother is Always Right.

— (Signed) Mama

© 2008 by Marylouise of GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

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More Tips About Ghillie or Camo Wear

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!

Scent Lok

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.”

 

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This Ghillie Wear only Covers the Head & Torso!

 

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.

 

Face Veil

Face Veil

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!

Finally

In the past few years, new fabrics and finishes have changed the idea of concealment – Hunters have more choices than ever before! 

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This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com