Ghillie suits

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by 270 win, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. 270 win

    270 win New Member

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    Who here uses a ghillie suit for hunting?
     
  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    I use a homemade 1 for bowhunting.
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I want to get one for paintballing! LOL
     
  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Modern camo is essentially a hunting Ghillie suit. Better insulated, scent inhibited, more comfortable and no branches or weeds growing out of it!! :D
     
  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Don't forget the Orange.
     

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  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Better check your state hunting regs for Blaze orange requirements. I do wear a veil for turkey hunting.
     
  7. 270 win

    270 win New Member

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    I am just in the middle of making my second burlap ghillie suit. I mainly use it for bow hunting and coyotes. They sure work well in the open praries of alberta
     
  8. Jeehs

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    I'm thinking of trying to make one. I don't know if it's better to go buy one or if I should find a thing of burlap and make one myself? I have what I think would be a Good Base suit, But I'd be new to this sorta stuff if I did.
    What do you guys think?
     
  9. 270 win

    270 win New Member

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    It is a little cheaper to make your own, and you can match it to your environment, but it takes a lot of time to make. But in the end, it's all worth it,
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    A note of EXTREME caution on ghillie suits- besides the danger of being shot by someone that thinks you must be a Musk Ox (even tho there are no Musk Ox within 3000 miles) there is a key safety concern-

    FLAMMABILITY.

    Much of the base fabric for these is natural fiber- jute, cottons, burlap, etc- since synthetics cannot be dyed. Then we take all sorts of frizzy, fluffy stuff, and shove it into the openings. Maybe add some grasses. You may be wearing a UBF (unlit bonfire) To add insult to injury (literally) due to limited vision, you may be well alight before you become aware of it. The small brush pile that is suddenly yelling, screaming, cussing, and running in circles is extremely poor camoflague, and may get you whacked with a shovel by Smokey da Bear.

    And seriously get you badly burned before you can get it off. Well, you say in your best smug fashion- I don't smoke- so where would MY ghillie suit be subject to burning? Besides obvious things- like a warming fire, I would invite your attention to the root of the name of the weapon you are holding- a FIREarm.

    Look for fire retardant or non combustible base materials, and chose carefully what you adorn that with. Read care labels- some flame retardants can be washed out or degraded.
     
  11. Jeehs

    Jeehs New Member

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    I don't think I have to worry about "Smokey Da Bear", My dad was a Supervisor for the DOF (Division of Forestry). So Me and Smokey are :cool:

    Well atleast the fire would warm me up for the walk back to the house! OR atleast while I dash to the creek at the bottom of hill.

    Thank you all very much for the pointers, I'm gonna start making my own. All I need to ask know is, What would be used to acttach such fibers as Burlap,Jute, Etc... to the base suit?
     
  12. 270 win

    270 win New Member

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    Before you even think of burlap, you have to get some netting, Preferably black, or green, and sew it onto your suit using fishing line, or non-waxed dental floss