Thinking of adding a ghillie suit to my repertoire and ground hunting(99% of my hunting has been stands). Anybody use one and can make recommendations? One that doesn't interfere with the string, lighter weight, good pattern, and doesn't attract every burr and briar out there?
I was looking at a military surplus (German) one a few weeks ago and the string interference, overall green/dark, and briar attraction seemed horrible. I would like to find something too as my cabela's leafy thing is starting to wear out. I got that on clearance and should have bought three more.
Youíll have to trim it back for string clearance. I donít put mine on until I get to my chosen spot if you try to wear it in your going to snag on everything. Another thing to consider is they are hot which is nice on cool days not so much in early season.
Goom- For the most part they ignore me unless they catch me moving and then they will either watch for a bit then go back to feeding or circle downwind. My problem has been non target deer(fawns/doe)get too close before I can get a shot so I havenít killed one yet while wearing it. Even so itís a thrill sitting there with my long bow in hand with deer 10í away.
Goomstyle, I too have been a treestand archery hunter my entire life. This past fall I hunted a few times off of the ground. Let me tell you it added a whole different level to the archery hunting game! I had three or four good encounters on those hunts and it changed the way I will approach archery hunting from this point forward. You might not even need a ghille suit if you are hunting in a wooded area. Just make sure you have some good back cover. If you are trying to hunt a field edge or brushy area then the ghille should be helpful.
This was borne out of several reasons, but priority one is a transition/funnel area in thick cover with no good trees. However, they hug a stream bank that is more open for about 10 yards. My plan is to be on the other side or even in the stream bed, but ground is necessary. Assuming the ghillie would offer best chance in this scenario. Problem is there is a million options, but most seem "paintball" oriented suits. Heard good things about rancho safari but was hoping for more insight before purchasing. Thanks for your input.