The Evolution of Ghillie Suits

Early Ghillie Suits

The Newest Generation of Ghillies!

The first Ghillie suits available for hunters were extremely expensive. My husband brought burlap bags and asked me to make a suit for hunting birds & turkeys.

Being tragically gullible,  I labored over this task for a couple of weeks.  By its nature, burlap is heavy, dank, smelly, itchy and flammable!  Let me emphasize — they are really itchy!

By the end of the job, however, we’d saved most of the $300 cost of the suit.  The results were impressive, the suit worked well and Richard brought his limit home.

Early Problems with Ghillies

Early suit’s materials were awful. When it rained, Ghillie suits became sodden and smelled worse than before. Drying them out was a challenge.

The suits were heavy and caught on twigs and branches. One good thing about them is that they did not encourage movement, so any hunter inside stayed rather still.

To say that the early Ghillie suits were ‘a pain,’ doesn’t begin to cover the situation.

A Better Product

Very quickly, hunters learned that suits made of real burlap bags weren’t desirable. What else could be used to protect the hunter while not causing him to itch to death?

Manufacturers began experimenting with materials. They used a variety of fabrics, as well as  leaf-shaped additions and synthetic blends.

The evolution of the Ghillie suit has been a long one. Some of the fabrics “swished” and were a dead give-away to the animals the hunter was trying to shoot.

Other suits had a sheen that caught an animal’s eye long before a hunter could draw a bead to shoot.

Hints for Using Ghillie Suits

  • It has taken over 20 years of experimentation for manufacturers to create really ‘successful’ Ghillie suits. Some of their “almosts” are on clearance counters. Run home and do some research on the Internet before investing in clearance ghillies!
  • Remember that patience is more important than a ghillie suit! Animals are very sensitive to movement! If you, or someone hunting with you is wiggly, use a blind.
  • Turkeys lack the curiosity gene! If they see movement, they leave! They leave investigation of movement to those gobblers having a death-wish!
  • Ghillie suits are a wonderful addition to a hunter’s tools. However, they can never replace patience!


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It’s Friday. Some Absolutely Worthless Info!


Great for Hunting in Snow!


This has been a hard week.  Since Friday has FINALLY arrived, let the silliness begin!

As I have mentioned before, WordPress has a nifty tool that tells us how people find our site.  Usually, seekers enter words into the search engine, and Google, or others, try to find a page with info to help.

Real Ghillie Suit

I certainly hope the seeker does not find a real ghillie suit.  About 30 years ago, MDH Richard brought dozens of burlap bags to me and asked if I’d make him a ghillie suit.

Obviously, I wasn’t in my right mind when I said, “Sure!”  So I started to cut, stitch and itch!  The burlap bags reeked; the stray fibers filled my sewing machine and lungs.

When I finished, I took a much-needed rest cure in a German sanitorium for folks who have taken in more dust particles than brain cells.

Actually, I learned that the original isn’t always the best. Those suits were hot, itchy and stank! It didn’t take long before manufacturers changed to lighter, washable fabrics …. And, I learned they were well worth the price!

Hunting Clothes for 7 year-olds

This is the second WordPress item of interest.  Even though there are fewer kids out hunting, they are dressed better than ever before!

Until this past holiday season, I didn’t even try to carry kids’ ghillie suits. Why?

No one could keep ‘kids hunting wear’ in stock! I don’t think manufacturers had an inkling how hot (popular) these suits would be!

If you are planning to get one of these suits for your junior hunter this fall, buy it out-of-season.

Ok, so today won’t be a total loss, here’s a hunting joke. I found it @

Today’s Joke:  He Walks on Water

An avid duck hunter was in the market for a new bird dog. His search ended when he found a dog that could actually walk on water to retrieve a duck. Shocked by his find, he was sure none of his friends would ever believe him.

He decided to try to break the news to a friend of his, the eternal complainer who refused to be impressed with anything. This, surely, would impress him. He invited him to hunt with him and his new dog.

As they waited by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by.  They fired, and a duck fell.  The dog responded and jumped into the water.

The dog, however, did not sink but instead walked across the water to retrieve the bird, never getting more than his paws wet.

This continued all day long.  The complainer watched carefully, saw everything, but did not say a single word.

On the drive home the hunter asked his friend, “Did you notice anything unusual about my new dog?”

“I sure did,” responded the complainer. “He can’t swim.”


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