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Old 01-22-2018, 11:13 AM   #1
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I just got my first ghillie suit and I've never used one before. I thought it would be fun for predator hunting and maybe deer season next year.

Anyone have any advice or tips?
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:17 AM   #2
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I got one several years ago, thought it would be good for that too... that’s when I learned EVERYTHING in Texas is gnarly and snags, rips and knots a ghillie suit. Haven’t worn it since

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Old 01-22-2018, 11:19 AM   #3
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Be prepared to snag on EVERYTHING. You will bring a lot of the woods back with you. I suggest you never take back in the house without shaking it out very thoroughly. Don't ask how I figured that one out.
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:23 AM   #4
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I figured I would carry it to where ever I was going to set up then pull it on once I was ready to sit down. That way I'm not snagging on everything. Mine came with a carry bag I can hook to my backpack.
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:24 AM   #5
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Trim it up real nice for bow hunting. Trim everything off the butt of the pants, make sure your string won't catch on your chest or bow arm, trim your ankles so you don't trip, trim the hood so your vision isn't blocked at full draw.
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:24 AM   #6
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Like said above it will snag anything and everything close by. You'll also trip all over it. I suggest putting on when at hunting spot and taking off before headed back to camp.

Btw, I touched a deer wearing one a couple years ago.

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Old 01-22-2018, 11:25 AM   #7
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I use it for turkeys with a little screen and prop up against a tree. I don't bother with the pants, they pick up too much forest, but the top and mask aren't too bad.
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:26 AM   #8
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After snagging everything then cutting all the snags out of the bottom 6' of the threads out I realized it works very well if you wait until you get into position to put it on.
I used one this year for the first time and set up behind a few small cedars. I have deer inside 20 feet on hand corn many times.
Carry it to a spot, then put it on.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:00 PM   #9
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I have several different styles... I do NOT have one of those shaggy burlap things, but the first tip I was going to give you is to carry it to your hunting spot, but you already said that is what you intended to do... I have one that is made out of the material they make the leafy wear suits from, and I have killed a lot of stuff wearing it. Killed my first elk with a recurve wearing it... 12 yards! Had many other elk under 35 yards wearing it... You can spot n stalk with one of those.. I don't think the company I got mine from is still in business... but it's my favorite one... (actually have 2)..

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Old 01-22-2018, 12:11 PM   #10
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Never worn one either.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:16 PM   #11
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It's fun. But as everyone has mentioned it will pick everything down around your feet.

Move slowwwwwwwwww. I've snuck up right to axis with it.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:20 PM   #12
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I have several different styles... I do NOT have one of those shaggy burlap things, but the first tip I was going to give you is to carry it to your hunting spot, but you already said that is what you intended to do... I have one that is made out of the material they make the leafy wear suits from, and I have killed a lot of stuff wearing it. Killed my first elk with a recurve wearing it... 12 yards! Had many other elk under 35 yards wearing it... You can spot n stalk with one of those.. I don't think the company I got mine from is still in business... but it's my favorite one... (actually have 2)..

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Old 01-22-2018, 09:17 PM   #13
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I made one years ago, it is not any good for bow hunting, unless, I wrapped up my left arm with something like tape, that would kind of take away from the purpose of the suit. Yes, they snag on everything. Every time I have used mine, I left a trail of camo to and from where I hunted.

Good thing is deer don't know what the hell you are. I was wearing my suit one day in early November, the rut around here is usually early December. That year it was very hot, not any fun wearing that suit. I had made a ground blind, by piling up dead limbs, actually someone else had done so many years earlier and it had mostly rotted and fallen apart. But I realized what they did and liked the spot where they had made a ground blind, and built it back up, then started using it. I had limbs laying horizontally in a large triangle, about 2 ft. high, connecting three trees. I sat with my back to the biggest oak, it was partially rotten on that side, so you could lean back and be partially in the tree. Was a perfect ground blind. I used my ghillie suit there multiple times. But that one time on a hot November day, I was getting eaten up bad by mosquitos, which we normally did not have. I sat there as long as I could tolerate the heat and mosquitos and then decided I was wasting my time, nothing was moving except me and the mosquitos. So I stood up to get out of the blind and then heard something moving in the leaves behind me. I froze, then could hear whatever it was walking around in front of where I was. It turned out to be a doe, only about 30 ft. from me. I let her walk around me, I just stood there frozen, she looked at me, had no idea what I was. Then she got on the opposite side she came from and stopped. I wanted her to keep on going, so I could get out of the blind and go home, without spooking her. Then I heard something else moving behind me. I stayed frozen. Then heard it moving around me, following the same path that the doe used to get around me. When it came into my view, I was shocked. It was a buck, huge buck. About 24" spread 12 point. He was chasing that doe in early November. Both the buck and doe were only about 30 ft. from me, while I was standing there in the middle of my ground blind, so I was very clearly exposed. But neither deer was spooked. Eventually they both walked off in some thick cedar. As the buck turned away from me, I tried to get my binoculars off and then get the rifle off of my back. I had just put my rifle on my back, then the binoculars around my neck. By the time I got the rifle off to get a shot, the buck had walked off into some thick brush. I never saw him again. I never saw that buck before or afterwards. I did not seem to spook either deer. Had I not decided I was not going to see anything, with it being so hot and early in November. I would have had a very easy shot on that buck. I made the mistake of giving up early, but the ghillie suit worked great.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:41 PM   #14
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I took the suit out this evening to see how well it blends in to one of the areas I'll be hunting. I think it's a pretty good match.







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Old 02-09-2018, 06:51 PM   #15
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That looks good!! As you mentioned, pack it in to your set and put it on once you arrive. I bought one this year but back issues kept me from using it. Hoping to use it this coming season. Best of luck and keep us posted..
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:53 PM   #16
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I've got one. Used it predator hunting once or twice and pistol hunting during deer season once. They are warm and snag on stuff like people have mentioned. I didn't see anything though.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:51 PM   #17
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I’ve got a “leafy suit” and love it. I’ve worn it on every bow hunt I’ve been on the last 4 years.
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:12 AM   #18
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Looks good man !
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:49 AM   #19
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I've had a few of them, and used them several years ago. Now I just use a leafy suit. The big bulky burlap one was great for camouflage, and disappearing. It's just really not necessary equipment to hunt with. Also I used mine in East Texas and the dang mosquitoes still found a way to bite me. I did have some really cool close encounters with deer while sitting against a tree right in front of hand corn. I had some walk right up to me. Had a doe breathe on me trying to figure out what i was

I still have it somewhere. Like I said it's not something I need. The leafy suit works just fine and is way more comfortable
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:42 AM   #20
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bow hunting in east texas wearing one of the burlap suites... good luck not having a heat stroke.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:06 AM   #21
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I have a ghillie that has never been removed from the bag. Heck, I have a blanket too come to think of it.


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Old 02-10-2018, 10:11 AM   #22
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I use it for turkeys with a little screen and prop up against a tree. I don't bother with the pants, they pick up too much forest, but the top and mask aren't too bad.
I feel like mine works. Pants are a PIA and legs aren't usually very visible or moving. Really neat having a deer look right through you, or it feels like it anyway. Fan of the top and hood. I have multiple hoods for different seasons to cover/breakup the head / shoulder outline.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:27 AM   #23
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When my nephew got home from his 2nd tour in Iraq, he suggested we make a ghillie for me instead of buying one. I was delighted! Well, in a couple of days he comes over with two great big burlap bags and says all we have to do is "disassemble" them...LOL. Long story short, they went on sale at Gander Mountain before we finished and I wound up buying one. We're still working on the homemade one though!
Mine is great for concealment, but as said already....they're crap for walking through brush and stuff. I pretty much wear my leafy suit most of the time.
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