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Typically before bow season I allow myself one upgrade or purchase for the season. Typically around $200.

Contemplating a ghillie suit for this year. Wondering how they work with mosquitos, how hot are they, how durable...blah, blah, blah
 


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I've tossed the idea around for a bit too. My two friends that use them absolutely love them. They were tshirt and shorts underneath and don't get over heated. I'm a firm believer in practicing in what you'll be wearing so I'd get some funny looks at the range. let me know what your research tells ya. I'm still thinking I might try one out as well.
 

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You will need to modify your suit to fit your shooting style, but that might not be enough. I had one, but don't use it anymore. The only complaint I had about the ghillie suits is that you can run into trouble if you try to take a shot from a position you don't normally practice and the strips of material can and will get in the way and trash your shot. Example, your buck is behind you and off to the left. You draw back, lean out and around the tree and the strips of cloth from your waist, arm, and chest fall into your bow string so when you release, the string drags the material with it and your accuracy as well as your buck, head off into the sunset so to speak. I had the same problem with the leafy camo shirts a guy could get for early season stuff.
 

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You will need to modify your suit to fit your shooting style, but that might not be enough. I had one, but don't use it anymore. The only complaint I had about the ghillie suits is that you can run into trouble if you try to take a shot from a position you don't normally practice and the strips of material can and will get in the way and trash your shot. Example, your buck is behind you and off to the left. You draw back, lean out and around the tree and the strips of cloth from your waist, arm, and chest fall into your bow string so when you release, the string drags the material with it and your accuracy as well as your buck, head off into the sunset so to speak. I had the same problem with the leafy camo shirts a guy could get for early season stuff.

I wondered about that being an issue.
 

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From a natural ground blind with one or two shooting lanes, the suits are the BOMB!!! You disappear. However, walk though a patch of them small burs while wearing that suit and you become the world biggest Velcro Lint Ball!!! LOL!! Picking burs from your suit is a particularly enjoyable activity.....trust me.
 


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From a natural ground blind with one or two shooting lanes, the suits are the BOMB!!! You disappear. However, walk though a patch of them small burs while wearing that suit and you become the world biggest Velcro Lint Ball!!! LOL!! Picking burs from your suit is a particularly enjoyable activity.....trust me.

Is there a difference between the synthetic leaf type vs the yarn/string looking ones when it comes to burs? I wouldn't think the synthetic leaves would be too bad. I don't think the synthetic leaf ones look as good though.
 

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HUGE difference between the two material types. When I had mine (a few years ago) the synthetics were like walking in nylon sweat suits. The..swish...swish...swish...swish the material makes when walking, sitting, thinking, and anything else made that material unacceptable when trying to be stealthy. It looked great, but stand in a corn field and listen to the corn leaves and stalks brush against you and every deer in the county knew where you were. Mine was made of the old style felt. Silent, but a burr magnet. I haven't seen the new materials as I'm not in the market, so I can't comment on those. Storage was also an issue for mine. You HAD to store it dry, dry, dry, dry, and dry. Any moisture at all and you had a mold issue with the smell and the material basically fell apart, AKA rotted.
 

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Never owned one, I think it would be cool to try them as well. A word of warning, don't wear one around the woods near major highways pretending to be bigfoot at night, people will not see you until it's too late and you may be struck and killed by a car. True story, NW Montana. Sad deal.
 

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