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December 8, 2011

Open Woods Camo Pattern in Action

We love hearing from our customers! Thanks to Matt for sending us this note about his new Turret Pop-Up ground blind from KillZone Hunting:

“I posted some pics of the Open Woods camo on from when I was out hunting yesterday. This has to be one of the best camo patterns available for hunting blinds.”

Matt is a bowhunter who bought one of our KillZone Turret ground blinds with the new Open Woods camo pattern. The Turret blind is small enough to blend in easily with its surroundings but large enough for drawing a bow. Matt said, “There’s enough room to draw inside for one hunter. If you sit more towards the corner you get a little more space.”

Open woods camo

Open Woods camo in the woods (closeup shot)

Open Woods camo

Shot from further away (Tip: Use the camo mesh to eliminate the black hole effect.)

Open Woods camo

Open Woods camo from a distance

November 14, 2011

KillZone Hunting Announces Open Woods Camo Pattern

KillZone Hunting has a brand new camo pattern in house! The Open Woods camo pattern is now available on select KillZone blinds and will be available on all of our ground blind models by the end of the year. KillZone Hunting has partnered with Hunting Attractions, a cutting-edge camouflage company, to bring you one of the most innovative, effective, and performance-based camouflage patterns on the market.

The Open Woods camo pattern is designed specifically for hunting a hardwoods stand or wetlands in the late fall. Bowhunters and gun hunters alike will appreciate the stealth of the Open Woods camo blind. The unique lighter and open background colors on this camo pattern make it ideal for late season hunting, including deer, waterfowl, turkey, and other late season game.

Open Woods Camo

Open Woods Camo Pattern

June 13, 2011

How to Care for a Ghillie Suit

Ghillie suit

Wash your ghillie suit occasionally to make it last longer.

Even though the dirtier your ghillie suit gets, the better it performs, all the dirt, grit, snags, and mud can take a toll after awhile. Running through the woods and crawling on the ground can tear threads, snag the webbing, and wear down the suit material. Prolonged sun exposure will cause the colors to fade over time, to the point that it reduces the effectiveness of the camouflage.

Washing a Ghillie Suit

Although die-hard ghillie fans might tell you different, it doesn’t hurt to wash your ghillie suit once in awhile…and it might make your suit last longer. Most of the new lightweight synthetic ghillie suits are machine washable, and even traditional jute ghillies can be washed by hand. One of the best ways to wash your ghillie suit (synthetic or jute) is to lay it out on the ground (preferably on cement, asphalt, or other hard surface) and hose it down. Then allow the suit to air dry.

Storing a Ghillie Suit

Let your ghillie suit dry completely before storing! Don’t just ball up your suit and throw it in a corner. Listen to your mother’s voice telling you to hang up your clothes. Mold and mildew thrive in moist, dark places, such as your ghillie suit on the closet floor. If you want your ghillie suit to last, take the time to hang it up where it can air dry completely.

Repairing a Ghillie Suit

Occasionally you will find torn strings or leaves on your suit. To fix the suit, remove the torn string or leaf and tie a new one in its place. You can also replace strings with different colors to match new terrain or add more strings or leaves for thicker camouflage coverage. If your ghillie suit is beyond repair or if you’re ready to upgrade to a better suit, you can always buy a new ghillie suit.

May 11, 2011

How to Hunt from a Ground Blind

Ground blind in woods

This KillZone customer strategically placed his blind to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

Want to keep both feet on the ground for your next hunt? Whether you’ve had a close call with a tree stand or you just don’t like hunting 8 feet up, a pop up ground blind can give you the advantage you need to stay concealed while you hunt from the ground. Here are some tips on how to hunt successfully from a ground blind.


The best way to hide your ground blind is to place it in front of a backdrop that is taller and wider than the blind—for example, a clump of trees or thick, tall brush. The stark outline of a hunting blind highlighted against the sky is a dead giveaway. Try to break up the outline by blending it in with the landscape and by filling the brush loops with natural vegetation.

If you are hunting on private land, get permission to set up the blind early. Setting up your blind at least two weeks early allows deer and other game to get used to the blind. By the time you are ready to hunt, they’ll be comfortable with the ground blind and unsuspecting of your presence.


If your ground blind is brand new, let it air out before your first hunt. Get the factory smell out of it, and let it naturalize. For more effective camouflage, try mudding up the blind to dull any shine and make it blend in better with the landscape.


Camouflage mesh lets you see out without letting game see you. It also prevents the “black hole” effect that happens when the window is wide open. A gaping black void in the midst of brush and trees can spook your game. When the sun is low on the horizon and shining directly on your blind, it can be difficult to see out through the mesh. For a clearer view, let down a corner of the mesh for a peek hole.


Practice setting up your ground blind before opening day. You don’t want your first time setting up the blind to be in the dark. Practice taking the blind down, as well. If you stay out past sunset, you’ll be glad you did. Fumbling around with a ground blind in the dark is hard enough without having to read the instructions at the same time.

March 29, 2011

Choosing a Ghillie Suit

A sniper suit is designed to let you crawl on the ground without getting caught on twigs and brush.

A sniper suit is designed to let you crawl on the ground without getting caught on twigs and brush.

Remember the cartoons where the character sneaks around with a bush over his body for cover? Well, that’s sort of how a ghillie suit works, except it’s designed to be a lot easier than finding natural cover and a lot more mobile (and comfortable) than wearing a bush.

A ghillie suit breaks up your outline with three-dimensional camouflage that moves with you when you move. It’s mobile enough for walking, running, and crawling, and it’s available in a variety of styles that combine comfort and function, including synthetic materials and ultra lightweight suits.


How much mobility you need will help you figure out which type of ghillie suit to buy. A full-length poncho provides good coverage but restricts your legs and makes it harder to run or crawl. A shorter poncho makes it easier to run but provides less lower body coverage. A sniper suit is designed for crawling, running, and walking, with camouflage strips only on the back of the suit.


How much coverage you need also factors in to which ghillie suit you should buy. A three-piece ghillie or a full-length poncho provides the most coverage. A sniper suit provides three-dimensional camouflage only on the back side, and a shorter poncho leaves your calves and ankles exposed.

Ghillie Materials

The stickers and twigs picked up by natural material are good when you want to “naturalize” the suit to match the surrounding terrain but bad when you’re trying to get through thick brush. Synthetic materials are less likely to get caught on every bush and tree.

Natural materials such as jute require an extra layer next to the skin to avoid irritation. Synthetic materials with a mesh base can be worn comfortably with next to nothing underneath. Synthetic suits are lighter in weight than suits made with natural materials.


Cost and time are also factors in choosing a ghillie suit. Kits are available for those who want a custom-made suit, but it will require hours of tedious tying. You can find ready-made ghillie suits for almost as cheap, with extra jute strings or synthetic ties included for customizing the suit to your taste.

February 3, 2011

How to Add Natural Foliage to a Ghillie Suit

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Adding native vegetation to your ghillie suit helps you blend in with your surroundings.

Adding native vegetation to your ghillie suit helps you blend in with your surroundings.

There’s more than one way to add natural foliage to your ghillie suit. Here are just a few methods we’ve come across that might work for you.

Weaving Method

Most ghillie suits include a mesh netting overlay with jute strings or camouflage strips tied to the netting. To add foliage to the netting, simply weave grass, twigs, weeds, leaves, or other vegetation in and out of the holes in the mesh.

Elastic Band Method

Attach thick rubber bands or bicycle inner tubing cut into rings to the ghillie suit by knotting them to the netting. Then slip bunches of grass, twigs, and other foliage through the elastic bands.

You can use string to attach the foliage instead of elastic, but it will be more time consuming. Elastic bands allow you to remove and add new foliage faster than tying the foliage in place. They also let you add thicker bunches of foliage than you can when using the weaving method.

Ghillie Gun Wrap

To add natural foliage to your gun, add rubber bands or inner tube rings down the length of the gun. Then attach natural foliage to the gun, securing it in place with the rubber bands.

Tips for Adding Natural Foliage

  • Try to follow the pattern and density of the natural vegetation around you.
  • Focus on adding foliage to the parts of the ghillie suit that will be exposed. For example, if you crouch or lie prone, you only need to add foliage to the head piece and the back of the suit.
  • Replace vegetation when it starts to wilt or rot, or replace it if you move to an area with different foliage.

January 6, 2011

Layout Blind Snow Cover

Keep hidden in the snow with a layout blind snow camo cover.

Keep hidden in the snow with a layout blind snow camo cover.

With snow cover on the ground, it’s time to start thinking about a snow camo cover for your layout blind. The Layout Blind Snow Cover now available from KillZone Hunting is designed to fit most layout blinds on the market, including the KillZone Lay ‘n Slay, the Avery Migrator, and the Eliminator, as well as other similar style blinds.

This heavy duty polyester cover is waterproof for protection against rain, snow, and moisture. Just slip the cover over the top of your layout blind, attach it to the blind with hook and loop straps, and snug the elastic hem around the bottom of the blind.

Stubble straps down the length of the cover let you brush in the blind for natural concealment. Flagging ports on the snow cover are designed to match up the flag ports on most blinds. A matching carry bag is included for storage and transport.


  • For blinds up to 80″ long
  • Fits doors up to 66″ long

Get your layout blind snow cover now!

September 20, 2010

Zero-Detect Camouflage: The Story Behind the Success

The Turret pop up blind is available with Zero-Detect camo.

The Turret pop up blind is available with Zero-Detect camo.

KillZone Hunting recently partnered with Zero-Detect camo to offer a new camouflage pattern for our hunting blinds. This camo pattern has proven its worth across states, seasons, settings, and terrain.

What’s the secret behind Zero-Detect’s success? Zero-Detect camouflage is not a picture, like most conventional camo patterns, but is a true pattern. This camo is not limited to blending in to the environment portrayed by the picture printed on the fabric but is versatile enough to blend in with almost any environment—a “must have” for any hunter who hunts in more than one location.

According to designer Steve Bursey, president of Zero-Detect Hunting Products, what impacts a camo pattern’s effectiveness most is not colors but shades. Since a deer’s vision is more pattern-oriented than color-oriented, the blending of shades is more important than the combination of colors. Zero-Detect camo has the unique ability to provide concealment in any light. As the light conditions change, the camo pattern will not blob or glow as other camo patterns have a tendency to do, especially in low light or cloudy conditions, which is the best time to hunt. There is nothing in the pattern that draws the eye or alerts game.

Zero-Detect camo is currently available on the KillZone Turret pop up blinds and Turret XL ground blinds.

August 24, 2010

Hunting Camo Pattern FAQs

Hunting Blind with Zero Detect Camo

Hunting Blind with Zero Detect Camo

What type of camouflage do I need for my hunting blind?

If you predominantly hunt one type of cover (for example, in a tree stand in a stand of oaks in late November), a specialized hunting camo pattern will provide optimal camouflage. But if you need a hunting blind camo pattern that works in several types of cover, an all-purpose pattern is your best bet. All-purpose camo generally uses an open pattern that blends in across multiple backgrounds and hunting seasons. It’s versatile enough to be used in spring or fall, in woods, marshland, crop fields, or grasslands.

What type of camo works well for early season hunting? Late season hunting?

Camo patterns with predominantly green hues blend in well with the new growth that takes in early spring. For late season hunting, look for darker patterns with multiple shades of brown and tan, broken up by small highlights of red, orange, or green.

Hunting Blind with Autumn Wooded Oak camo

Hunting Blind with Autumn Wooded Oak camo

What is the difference between Zero Detect and Autumn Wooded Oak camo?

The Zero-Detect camo pattern is designed to work in woodland terrain, brush and scrub. The green hues in the pattern blend in well with spring foliage and the brown hues provide coverage for fall foliage and late-season hunting. The white highlights add contrast and depth to the pattern.

The Autumn Wooded Oak camo pattern is designed primarily for wooded landscapes and fall foliage but can also be brushed in to match a variety of seasons and terrain. The various shades of brown, orange, yellow, and green make this pattern versatile enough for a wide range of foliage.

March 5, 2010

How to Choose the Best Camouflage Pattern for Hunting

Camouflage patterns come on everything from ground blinds and clothing to ghillie suits, gun wraps, and more.

Camouflage patterns come on everything from ground blinds and clothing to ghillie suits, gun wraps, and more.

A camouflage pattern might look great up close, but what about from 20 yards away? If the trees-and-leaves pattern blends into a solid mass, the whole point of wearing camouflage is defeated. Too much close-knit detail means that the pattern will fill in as the distance between the hunter and his prey increases.

So What Makes a Good Camouflage Pattern?

For most hunting situations, how the pattern breaks up the silhouette is more important than the pattern itself, and contrast between light and dark areas is more important than color. In paintball, airsoft, and military use, however, color and pattern are more important, since you are disguising yourself from humans rather than animals.

Most experts will tell you to choose the camouflage pattern that most closely matches the environment you will be using it in. So what do you do if you hunt in a number of different environments? Or what do you do when the environment changes—for example, the leaves changing color in the fall or seasonal vegetation changing the landscape? That’s a lot of camo patterns to buy. Not to mention the variety of hunting blinds, clothing, ghillie suits, or other gear you’d need.

How Do I Choose the Best Camouflage Pattern?

Does your camouflage clothing blend in this well?

Does your camouflage clothing
blend in this well?

Your goal should be to find a camouflage pattern that is adaptable to your environment. Look at the pattern from a distance as well as up close. Does the pattern turn into a dark blob as you back away? It will act the same way in the woods or marsh, outlining your silhouette instead of concealing it.


Ironically enough, a pattern that might look wild and intimidating up close can become completely invisible at a greater distance. The choice many hunters make is to select a camo pattern based on how attractive it is. Unfortunately, attractiveness has nothing to do with how effective a camouflage pattern will be.

Loose patterns often work better than complex, detailed patterns. Also, patterns laid out over an open or neutral background help break up your profile no matter where you are hunting.

Look for contrast between light and dark. If the pattern is primarily dark and complex, it will blur into a solid color and pattern from a distance.

The best camouflage pattern is one that breaks up well in a variety of different environments. Choose your camouflage wisely, and it should work well for you in almost any setting.

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