Anyone use 'em? I've heard they can get hot when the temp's high but they work a lot better than woodland camo if you've got the right setup. And being that I plan to stalk, having one couldn't hurt. I've found them for well under $100 for the decent ones, and $100-150 for the really nice lightweight ones.
Hello, first post here. Anyhow, for stalking I would think the suit would be more of a problem than anything else simply because it would get caught on darn near everything. Also you might want to check your local laws, here in NC you have to have orange displayed at all times, I have to say that the thought of a ghillie suit with a bright orange ball cap on is incredibly funny to me.
Unless it's likely to shoot back... why?
Most game animals are color blind. Get some orange camo! Find a place to sit...
Good first post JustDave it got a chuckle out of me.
Ghillie suit? Sure! When I was in the Marines. Depends on what you're hunting, and who's looking for you.
I think they'd be appropriate for turkey.
Maybe appropriate but definitely not necessary. The money could be better spent in my opinion. Just my .02
Hunters have been successfully killing turkeys since long before ghillie suits were invented. Hunting is far more about patience and skill than gear suitable for military snipers. Anyway, you can make a decent ghillie suit - if you absolutely must be a woods ninja - with a few burlap sacks for very little money and some effort.
They're cheaper than hunting camo. Besides, if game animals are color blind, why would camo even be necessary? I guess patterning would be more important than color if that's the case...a solid anything would stand out more than something patterned to match the environment.
I've never talked to anyone that successfully hunted turkeys without full camouflage. I did talk to one guy whose brother stalks them in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, but I would think the more camouflaged you are, the better. Plus, I'd rather wear a ghillie suit than redneck camo. No offense to anyone who wears woodland camo, but growing up for 18 years around rednecks that always wore hunting camo has completely turned me off to wearing it.
Most turkey hunting isn't stalking. You just sit there and call them in. When they get in range, you blast 'em. Happy Thanksgiving.
I bowhunt....so, only stalking I do is hogs. But I use the light weight bug tamer suits when I am in a stand. It is also in October in Texas and in a creek bed, lol, so skeeters are bad.
I've thought about a ghillie suit myself and even checked into the legalities here in Alabama. Perfectly legal if you're in an enclosed ground blind or a minimum of 12 ft above ground in a tree or tripod stand, or hunting turkeys.
And there's always the potential for scaring a few hikers. They meander by and you jump out and go, "BOOGAHWOOGAHWOOGAH!!!" They'll think you're a snipe and run like hell.
That was money!!! lol.
The main problem with inexpensive ghillie suits, regardless of the quality, is the one-piece design. It's like trying to hike through the woods wearing a freakin' poncho with all kinds of ways to get hung up on something. If I ever do get a ghillie suit, it'll be split up into pants and a jacket.
I agree with Kev74, I would go with the gorilla/bigfoot suit. I would also be hesitant to jump out of the woods in a ghillie suit armed with a rifle or shotgun. You might get shot by an armed hiker. If you really want to dress up and play sniper, I am sure Uncle Sam would give you a try.
Hahaha, man you guys take me too seriously. The only ghillie suit I've seen that I would even consider for hunting is the leafy chameleon suit, which is pretty much the same as 3-D leaf wear you get from Cabelas. And the only time I could legally use a ghillie suit would be for turkey...in KY for deer/elk, you have to wear unbroken hunter/blaze orange on your upper body that is visible from all sides, and a blaze orange hat. Kinda silly to wear a ghillie suit with an orange vest on over top of it.
Lol, yeah how does that work? If I recall, the gun prints out worse than a boner in a speedo.