A ghillie suit can make you unnoticable to prey.
Getting the best shot when hunting comes from blending in with nature, being undetected by the prey you are seeking. A key step to being unnoticed in the wild is using a camouflage suit, also known as a ghillie suit. By following these steps and putting the time and effort into creating a camo suit, you can increase your hunting productivity. The whole suit can be made for as little as $65 to $75 in 2009.
Making your suit
1. Blending in. Start by selecting a set of coveralls or military BDUs. JCPenney and other department store coveralls work just fine. Now think about your color scheme. Nature is seldom only one color, so you want a blotchy look. You need a variety of tones for your coveralls and jute netting. Using some strips of old military fatigues or old clothes can give your camouflage counter shades: darker colors high and lighter colors lower. Black, tan, brown, light green and dark green are all colors you want to have included in your suit. Different color threads when sewing the jute also helps add to the color scheme. You want to make yourself invisible in nature. Being decked out properly and staying still can get creatures walking right in front of you–or possibly on you!
2. Drapes and coveralls: Attach kneepads and elbowpads to the coveralls. (You’ll be glad you did.) Drape jute landscaping net over the coveralls.You want as much as 18 inches of excess to cover arms and hands. Cut away netting you do not need.
3. Tying it together: Sew jute or badmitton netting to the coverall. This will hold the jute in place (Old military fatigues or old clothes can be tied to jute with burlap strips or fishing line to add to the camouflage look.) The sewing effort is labor intensive; it may easily take between 8 and 30 hours. But it is a necessary step and has to be done right, without shortcuts. If adding fatigues or clothes to jute, make sure to double knot each tie to keep it in place. Use a strong thread when attaching jute. Common thread is not strong enough and will tear with motion. Use ivy, branches and leaves from the area where you are hunting to add to the stealth presence.
4. Keep covered: Don’t forget to keep your head covered. Use a camouflage hat or a hood with jute netting over it to keep you hidden in the wild.
5. Cover the gun: Don’t forget to wrap your gun in camouflage tape.