|The great camouflage debate continues to wage on as true believers from both sides of the fence weigh in on hunting tactics and the best way to make yourself invisible to your prey. On the one side, full camouflage supporters believe that camouflage boots, pants, shirt, hat, and camo makeup are exactly what are needed whether you are hunting game or an enemy in warfare. Holding its own on the other side of the coin is the ever-popular ghillie suit.
A Ghillie Suit is a garment that covers the body in its surrounding environment. It is made from mesh and cloth, has twigs, and leaves much like the surrounding woods or local background. The leaves or other materials flutter in the wind like the real thing. The effect is a three dimensional camouflage blend that makes it all but impossible to see -- if worn correctly. Like camo clothing, it comes in several shades of colors (seven) to encompass all four seasons.
The Ghillie suit, also known as camo tent or Yowie Suit is ideal for hunting any type of prey, including man, according to Dean Stephens, General Manager of Miltacgear.com, an online company that specializes in tactical military, law enforcement, and hunting clothes and equipment. Mr. Stephens further states that the Ghillie suit allows you to creep up on just about anything, hiding a weapon in the folds of the suit or camo wrap without ever breaking your form or outline of the surrounding terrain. As long as you have masked your scent, you are as invisible as you can be. He should know since he has crept close enough to wild deer to reach out and touch them while wearing one.
The misconception that many people have is that the Ghillie Suit is an item that drapes over the body like a poncho or tent. The fact is that the Ghillie Suit consists of pants, jacket with removable hood, and weapons wrap. Attached to this “suit” are seven shades of dyed camouflaged fibers. Unlike your basic camouflage, the Ghillie Suit has an inner lining made from a mesh like material so that it breathes for all day comfort. It resists mildew, will not rot, and is completely washable.
Let’s not count camouflage out just yet as it is also made from durable, washable materials, and if you were to walk into the mall with your Ghillie Suit on, you might be picked up for suspicion of vagrancy and being off your meds. The regular camo clothing of the military is still effective and the manufacturers of camouflage have made strides forward in its application. Take, for instance, the camouflage face paint.
Roadside bombs like the ones used in Afghanistan do tons of damage by sending out a blast of pressurized heat often higher than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is more than enough to melt the skin right off your body. Science is now rising to the challenge of this threat by developing a face paint that can withstand such extreme heat while still being waterproof and using DEET to ward of insects. While this new futuristic face paint may not be available yet, it is coming and it is extremely cool! Camouflaging warrior’s faces has been in practice almost as long as there has been warfare and men to wage it.
Regardless of which way you go, camouflage clothing, or Ghillie Suit, you are bound to be a winner. On the one hand, camouflage clothing is completely accepted as a fashion statement and can be worn to the movies, the mall, in the trenches, or on the hunt. On the other hand, anyone that can sneak up on one of the most skittish and wary creatures in the woods, like Dean Stephens of Miltacgear.com, has to love the Ghillie Suit. The deer, of course, hate both. I was going to purchase a set of camouflage myself… but I cannot find them. (Wink-wink)