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December 17, 2012

Gear Review: A Practical Ghillie Suit for Waterfowlers

By Phil Bourjaily


I should have been easy to spot sitting at the water’s edge on a marsh stool, black shotgun in my lap. And, if I had only been wearing regular camo (right) I would have been easily recognizable as a duck hunter. In an Avery Killer Ghillie suit (left) I looked like a harmless clump of weeds.

Not long after this picture was taken, three mallards hung over the decoys 10 yards from where I sat. They never knew the two of us were there until it was too late and we splashed all three.

Avery Outdoor’s Killer Ghillie
is a practical ghillie suit for the waterfowler. The camo is made from dried raffia fibers which resemble dead marsh grasses perfectly. Just as important they don’t soak up water and get wet and heavy as other materials can and they dry quickly enough you can wear the suit again the next day. The bundles of the dried fiber are tied to mesh netting on a nylon jacket and pants. With the coat and pants on and the hood up, you’re invisible.

There are challenges to wingshooting in a ghillie suit. You have to make sure you push the gun out away from you as you mount it to keep from hanging up on all the extra material. I cheat by easing the butt to my shoulder beforehand while leaving the gun down. When it’s time to shoot I raise the comb to my face and I’m ready to go. I also found out the hard way that it’s sometimes difficult to see with the hood up, and that a few strands hanging down in front of your dominant eye can be enough to throw off a shot. That’s easy enough to fix with scissors.

While the degree of difficulty may be higher in a ghillie suit, so is the excitement level. Hiding from wary late season mallards by sitting still in plain sight is a real kick. You can even get away with a little bit of extra movement, although looking up at the wrong time flares birds whether you’re wearing a ghillie suit or not.

Avery’s Killer Ghillie Jacket fits over any coat. The pants go on over regular pants but would be a struggle over waders. I left them on in Fig. 1 because I didn’t want to take my kneeboots off in the muck to get the pants off. This suit really works and it will help you hide in places you didn’t think you could. For a lot of hiding situations you could get away with the coat only.

Mack’s Prairie Wings is the best place to find Avery gear. The suit comes in coat and pants sold separately for $79.99 apiece, one size fits all, in All Terrain, Open Country and Snow, and there is a longer green coat for turkey hunting.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I was recently in Arkansas for a waterfowl hunt, in a setting much like what is pictured. This would have been perfect for that outing. Since I was in waist deep water, it sounds like I would have just used the jacket.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Start with an old, warm coat, brown or gray. Buy a cut-leaf ground blind and slice into 12" strips.
Use a hot glue gun to stick the waterproof, plasticized material to the coat. Do up a hat, gloves and mask. Done deal and it works better than I ever could have imagined.
POOF! I've disappeared!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Warning! If your hunting dog is a male, ensure that you wear the suit over your waders. It is much more difficult to get the dog pee smell out of coveralls.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

That hot glue crap is good for about a year and then POOF it disappears. Use something else as an adhesive.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

That suit is perfect... I had one that was kinda like that but it would get wet and weighted 100 pounds. Glad they got smart and made a water resistant one.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Hi...

That suit should be great for duck hunting. I think I would prefer something blanket-like over my lower body, though, and probably for the shoulders too.

Either way, some more big bucks to be made by the sellers...!!

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Where are you in the left picture, Phil?

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from Marian Hogan wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

This is good Ghillie Suit, but kinda overprice.
www.everything5pounds.com

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from TED FORD wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

The shelter belt being 500 yards distant was just too far to get to in time so Phil,regretting last night's spicy chili,resorts to the versatile Avery Ghillie Suit,,,,,
This isn't a caption contest?
Merry Christmas y'all,hope you get the indispensable ghillie suit in your stocking.

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from drobe2 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Regular camo clothing works just fine if you don't sit out in the open.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Start with an old, warm coat, brown or gray. Buy a cut-leaf ground blind and slice into 12" strips.
Use a hot glue gun to stick the waterproof, plasticized material to the coat. Do up a hat, gloves and mask. Done deal and it works better than I ever could have imagined.
POOF! I've disappeared!

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I was recently in Arkansas for a waterfowl hunt, in a setting much like what is pictured. This would have been perfect for that outing. Since I was in waist deep water, it sounds like I would have just used the jacket.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Warning! If your hunting dog is a male, ensure that you wear the suit over your waders. It is much more difficult to get the dog pee smell out of coveralls.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

That hot glue crap is good for about a year and then POOF it disappears. Use something else as an adhesive.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

That suit is perfect... I had one that was kinda like that but it would get wet and weighted 100 pounds. Glad they got smart and made a water resistant one.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

Hi...

That suit should be great for duck hunting. I think I would prefer something blanket-like over my lower body, though, and probably for the shoulders too.

Either way, some more big bucks to be made by the sellers...!!

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Where are you in the left picture, Phil?

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from Marian Hogan wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

This is good Ghillie Suit, but kinda overprice.
www.everything5pounds.com

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from TED FORD wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

The shelter belt being 500 yards distant was just too far to get to in time so Phil,regretting last night's spicy chili,resorts to the versatile Avery Ghillie Suit,,,,,
This isn't a caption contest?
Merry Christmas y'all,hope you get the indispensable ghillie suit in your stocking.

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from drobe2 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Regular camo clothing works just fine if you don't sit out in the open.

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