Ghilli Blind Field Testing:
by dan wennerlind
Upon initial inspection of the New Ghilli Blind from Sillosock Decoy Company I was slightly skeptical as the three piece blind layed out on my garage floor, made up of a corregated plastic backboard, the nylon liner and the Ghilli blanket. What I did like right off the bat was the lightweight, easy going backpack ability. This was lighter and more comfortable to carry than my elk hunting backpack, that I carried up and down steep mountains last fall. I could carry this thinking on my back for miles if need be.
When I finally had an opportunity to put the blind to use during a late season spring snow goose hunt I was much more impressed. The first thing I liked was the fact that it took about 30 seconds to set up. I also was very impressed with the overall comfortability factor as well as the fact that it is one of the lowest profile blinds on the market. Also, most layout blinds I have used are a little difficult to get in and out of and once your in… your in. With the Ghilli Blind it was very easy to get up and down and all I needed to do was throw the blanket over the top of me and I was hunting. It didn’t hurt that we were hunting in a cut corn field that helped make the blind and myself practically invisible when the blanket was pulled up high over my chest. The fact that my chessy pup could hide behind the backboard and watch the birds, while being well out of harms way was another added bonus!
The next factor that was really nice was the fact that when the birds came in I was already in an upright position and there were no doors flapping open or quick movements to flare the birds before the shot was taken. I will say there are a couple add on items I would incorporate before my next trip, next fall. The first thing I found was when we were snow goose hunting it was helpful to place a couple of the flyer decoys over the top of the blind to help conceal my upper half when the birds were circling overhead. I am also aware that they make a camo head netting and jacket to match the Ghilli blanket itself which I feel would be very beneficial when hunting late season, wary birds. But besides that, it was very easy to sit up and shoot and was very effective for our hunting situation. I am not sure this would be the only blind I will have in my field arsenal but it will definitely be a great add on and low impact to store as it breaks down into about 8” thick and 3’ across both ways so it fits virtually anywhere. Priced at $125.00 I am pretty sure it is also the cheapest layout blind on the market that I know of. Overall I think this is a great blind with a ton of upside!