by Matthew Dermody
Winter is surely making its presence known, far sooner than I wanted; as I still have several cool weather projects that still need completion. However, late autumn and winter produce the lower temperatures that make wearing traditional ghillie suits and concealment blankets a little more bearable. The lack of insects is also another wonderful reason to celebrate the arrival of the brisk chill of winter. With snowfall soon to be blanketing the country in wonderful white tapestry, I thought I would share a very simple winter ghillie blanket, that will not only conceal you while predator and goose hunting, but will actually help keep you a little warmer as well.
The simplicity of a ghillie blanket makes its construction much faster than the typical ghillie concealment attached to garments. For a winter environment blanket, the supplies and materials are even faster to assemble. The first piece of material is a standard military surplus winter snow camo sniper veil like the one pictured below. This breathable polyester netting typically measures five feet wide by eight feet long, perfectly suitable for completely concealing one average-sized person. Cost $5 - $10.
Next, add a single layer of 100% polyester fleece. Two and two-thirds yards will give you a piece about 5 feet wide by eight feet long, the same size as the sniper veil netting. Cost $5 - $10 per yard. You will want to wash this material prior to attaching it to your ghillie blanket. Make sure to wash the fabric with an unscented hunter's detergent. You may also wish to treat this fabric with Atsko's UV-Killer spray that will block any of the ultraviolet fabric brighteners that remain in the fabric. White fabrics are notorious for having large amounts of UV brighteners present in them, to keep the fabric from fading and becoming dingy.
If you purchase the materials when they are on sale, your total price tag is under $50 for the perfect winter concealment. Feel free to upload your photos of your ghillie creations and comment on this and other blog posts. Thanks for reading and may you have hidden success!