Gain the Edge with the Best 3D Leafy Camo for Hunting

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The purpose of camouflage is to break up the silhouette of a hunter in the woods. While camo patterns break down the of the solid blocks of color, there remains the solid outline of a hunter’s body. 3D leafy camo suits aim to solve that problem and give you another slight edge over wild game.

Most wild game are blind to color, including whitetail, turkey, and elk. Their vision is tuned for spotting outlines of threats, this includes regular camoufalge and blaze orange. The 3D effect of leafy camo adds depth, making it even more difficult to be spotted. The rest of this article reviews what to look for in a 3D camo suit, and gives our top recommendations.

Before You Buy: 3D Camo Considerations

3D camo is not terribly expensive, but as with all gear, mileage may vary depending on the quality of the suit. Consider these points below to ensure you buy the best 3D leafy camo for your style of hunting.

3D Leafy Camo Comparison

Camo Suit: Set $ Range: Sold as Set: See3D Blaze Orange 3D Leafy Camo $$$ Yes North Mountain Guide Series 3D $$$ Yes Cabela’s Ghil-Leaf System $$$$$ No Cabela’s Leafy-wear Pro II $$$$ Yes TrueTimber Leafy Suit $$$ Yes Arcturus 3D Leafy Ghillie Suit $$$ Yes Cabela’s Instinct Max Concealment $$$$$ No Cabela’s TCS Hybrid System $$$$ No KamoLeaf 3D Leafy Ghillie Suit $$ Yes

Best 3D Leafy Camo Suits

Now that we know what to look for in a camo suit, and what the prices ranges are, it will be useful to review some top recommended 3D camo in more depth. See what camo patterns are available, and which features we like best.

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1. See3D Blaze Orange Leafy Camo

See3D 3D Blaze Orange Suit

  • Patterns: Blaze Orange (True Timber base)
  • What we Like: Innovative 3D Blaze Orange pattern. Lifelike leaf cut.
  • What we Don’t: Does not (yet) meet all states blaze orange requirements.

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See3D is the first company to produce a leafy camo suit in a blaze orange pattern. The company founders, a father and son duo in Vermont, saw a gap in the market when they went looking for safer 3D camo clothing. Not finding anything, they took the initiative and invented their own. The result is the See3D Blaze Orange 3D camo suit.

The suit is a lightweight jacket and pants set that can be worn over your hunting clothes. The main layer is a NoSeeUm mesh, with polyester leaves. The base color is blaze orange, with the proven TrueTimber MC2 Blaze Orange pattern. The cut of the leaves is very nice, with a pointier cut to the leaf edges that is very realistic.

If you take your safety seriously, the concept behind See3D makes a lot of sense. Not only do you gain the benefit of depth and outline break up to conceal yourself from wildlife, but you now will be seen by other hunters. Combining the latest in leafy camo and the safety of blaze orange is a win-win scenario.

2. North Mountain Guide Series 3D Camo

  • Patterns: Fall Brown, Spring Green
  • What we Like: Nice seasonal patterns, soft silent materials.
  • What we Don’t: More visible mesh than we’d like, but it’s at least camo mesh.

The North Mountain Gear 3D camo set is made of breathable fleece as a soft shell. It’s best used in the cooler weather of fall and spring, so keep that in mind if you are in warm weather regions. The jacket has two very large hand pockets with zippers and elastic closures. The pants also have two big pockets with zippers, and knee-high zippers for easy on off in the tree stand. While over-sized to begin with, the pants run big, and the jackets are true to size. While there is not as much leaf coverage as we’d like to see, the shell being camo patterned makes up for it.

See also  How To Smoke Wild Boar Meat There are many different opinions on how to properly smoke meat. This is what has worked in my experience, but there are certainly other successful methods. Experiment and have fun.Working muscles (shoulders, ribs and legs) benefit most from long slow cooking methods like smoking or braising.The basic issues to control when smoking meat are:1. Maintain a low cooking temperature2. Maximize moisture retention in the meat.Low Cooking TemperatureI keep my cooking temperature around 200°F - 225°F. The goal is to slowly raise the internal temperature of the meat to 180°F and then hold it there for about an hour. “Slow and low” is the mantra. Cooking time will be about 1.5 – 2 hours per pound of meat, but can vary based on thickness and whether or not it’s bone-in or bone-out.Many recipes will tell you to pull the meat when it reaches an internal temperature of 190°F or even 200°F. That advice works because it takes about an hour for a modest size piece of meat to increase from 180°F to 190°F. I would not recommend going much higher than that for very long because you begin to lose moisture in the form of steam.Lower cooking temperatures of 180°F - 200°F can be used to great success, but the cooking time will be much longer. Cooking at temperatures above 250°F is not recommended because the meat cooks too quickly causing increased moisture loss and does not allow ample time for the collagen to break down (it makes for dry, tough meat).Why 180°F internal temperature?Meat contains muscle fibers and connective tissue (collagen). It is the collagen that makes the working cuts “tough and chewy” when not properly cooked. Collagen does not break down into liquid gelatin until it reaches 180°F. You must break down that collagen by getting the internal temperature to at least 180°F and stay there for about 1 hour. Once you’ve broken down the collagen you will have fork tender meat.Moisture RetentionMoisture retention is especially important when smoking wild game meats because they are typically much leaner than other meats.Brining   – Moisture can be added to the meat prior to cooking by brining it. Moisture will still cook out of your meat, but since you’re starting with more moisture the end result will be juicier. A basic brine recipe is 1 cup of table salt per 1 gallon of water. Subtle flavorings can be infused into the meat by including sugar (1/2 cup per 1 gallon of water), garlic cloves, onions, bay leaves, peppercorns, herbs, or just about anything else. However, the primary purpose of brining is to increase the moisture content of the meat prior to cooking. Stir the salt into the water until it dissolves. For large quantities it may be necessary to heat the water to make the salt dissolve. (If you do heat the brine it must be cooled off again prior to adding the meat.) Add the meat and allow it soak for several hours in the refrigerator. For shoulders and legs (2 - 6 lb pieces) soaking overnight is just right. When the soak is finished remove the meat from the brine, briefly rinse it under cold water and then pat dry. Add your rub/spices and you’re ready to cook.Injecting   – Some inject their meat with liquid and spices prior to cooking. Like brining, this increases the moisture content prior to cooking so there will be more moisture left in the meat when it is finished.Basting   – Basting is done by periodically coating the meat with liquid to add moisture and flavor as it cooks. Just about any liquid will do as long as it is low in sugar. Sugar burns quickly so only add glazes and BBQ sauces (which are loaded with sugar) during the last 20 minutes of cooking and only long enough from them to firm up.Barding   – Covering the meat with fatty bacon or other fats while it cooks is another technique. This is typically used on very lean meats that lack sufficient natural fat so the bacon acts as a substitute. This is a great way to add fat and moisture during the cooking process, but I also find that you end up tasting bacon more than the meat.Wrapping   – Once the meat has smoked for a few hours and absorbed a sufficient quantity of smoke flavor the meat can be tightly wrapped in foil. This wrap will reduce moisture evaporation into the open air and keep the juices close to the meat (acting more like a braise than BBQ). It’s also a great way to capture the juices for use in a sauce. If you want a crispy exterior (a “bark”) then don’t use a foil wrap and cook a little longer. If you want some insurance on getting a tender, moist final product then use the wrap.Smoke and WoodWood Choice   – Just about any hardwood will do. Oak and hickory are some of the most popular and most commonly available. Mesquite, maple and fruitwoods can add a sweetness to the meat, but don’t overdo it. Herb woods like basil, rosemary and thyme can be used in small quantities to add a deeper flavor profile. Avoid softwoods (evergreen trees) because the high resin levels will give your meat an unpleasant taste.Smoke Ring   – The “smoke ring” is a reddish/pink coloration just under the surface of the meat. It’s formed by a chemical reaction between the nitrogen dioxide in the smoke and the myoglobin in meat (which creates nitric acid and colors the meat). A good smoke ring is prized in BBQ because it usually indicates that the meat was successfully cooked slowly at a low temperature. The smoke ring gradually forms until the meat (just under the surface) reaches 140°F, then the formation stops. The thickness of your smoke ring depends on how long it takes for the meat to reach this temperature. Knowing how a smoke ring forms gives us two practical applications:1. To maximize your smoke ring take the meat directly from the refrigerator to the cooker. Conventional wisdom instructs you to bring the meat to room temperature before cooking, but starting straight from a cooler temperature will give your meat more time to develop a smoke ring.2. Since smoke ring formation stops at 140°F you only need to worry about generating smoke for the first 4 hours of cooking (roughly). After that the meat will not be absorbing any more smoke flavor or coloring. After 4 hours, just concentrate on keeping a steady low temperature until the meat is done.The Oven OptionNot everyone is blessed with the time, space, and/or patience to play with a smoker. Take heart - you can still get good results with an oven.Heat your oven to 200°F - 225°F. Wrap the meat in foil. Put it in the oven until done as described above. About 1.5 - 2 hours per pound.If you want smoke flavor use your smoker/BBQ pit for the first 1 - 2 hours to infuse some smoke flavor into the meat. Then finish the cooking in the oven. If you don't have a smoker or don't want to bother with it - skip this step. It will still be good. Written by Chris Hughes Filed under cooking,  cooking tips,  learn,  recipe,  smoke,  wild boar Tweet

3. Cabela’s Ghil-Leaf System

Cabela's Ghil-leaf System

  • Patterns: Zonz Woodlands
  • What we Like: Great fall pattern, made with typical Cabela’s quality.
  • What we Don’t: Only one pattern, jacket and pants sold apart.

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Cabela’s patented Ghil-leaf camo technology has made this realistic 3D camo set into a best seller. The leaf cover is cut to an exact outline of real maple leaves. The cool part is how they built it with a microfleece liner on all leaves for improved silent movement. The time proven Zonz Woodlands pattern, and the suit materials only get softer with washings.

The jacket has four pockets, including two large cargos on the outside, and two for hand warming. The hood has a draw cord, and can even roll up into the collar so it can’t catch on branches or brush. The pants are equally useful, thanks to two large cargo side pockets and zippered hand pockets. You must buy the jacket and pants separately, and the set is pricey, but is the best camo hunting suit for the money in our book.

4. Cabela’s Leafy-wear Pro II Camo Suit

Cabela's Leafy-Wear Pro II

  • Patterns: Zonz Woodlands, Realtree XTRA
  • What we Like: Silent Leaf materials, doesn’t snag on brush easily.
  • What we Don’t: Two sizes to choose from.

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For a less costly alternative to the Ghil-leaf camo, look no further than the Leafy-wear Pro II. Long a top seller at Cabela’s, the Leafy-wear Pro II has gone through continuous improvements. Made from 4.5 ounce mesh, the suit shell is now suitable for even the warmest fall hunts. The jacket has a full sized, draw string hood and even has a camo facemask that stuffs into one of the two cargo pockets. What sets this suit apart from others is the silent leaf materials. The camo use longer leaf shaped strips of fabric to give it depth, rather than individual leaf cutouts. With use the leaves really achieve a worn in 3D effect appearance.

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5. TrueTimber Leafy Suit

TrueTimber Kanati Leafy Suit

  • Patterns: TrueTimber Kanati
  • What we Like: Great price for a jacket and pant set.
  • What we Don’t: Durability is an unknown.

View at: Cabela’s

The TrueTimber Leafy Suit might be the best cheap camo suit for hunting this year. The price is very attractive for a jacket, pants, and boonie set. This camo suit has a similar look to the Leafy-wear Pro II but with a shade darker drowns and greens. The included face mask and the MR III insect repellent built into the fabric are the two features that might make this suit a great buy.

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