Hunting blinds are used to camouflage hunters from their intended target.
In the past, putting up a hunting blind would involve frame building, making natural camouflage out of surrounding foliage and a lot of work. Building a blind this way also meant the blind was not portable. Now, there are numerous hunting blinds available. You can pick from various camouflage patterns, sizes and price ranges to find the perfect blind for your next hunting trip.
Type of Hunting
The first thing to consider when you’re choosing a hunting blind is what type of hunting you’ll be doing. If you’re going goose or duck hunting, a layout blind is what you’ll want. Layout hunting blinds allow you to be concealed from the waterfowl, with only your head sticking out. When you’re ready to shoot, you can open the flaps and you’re ready to go. You can also use pit blinds and boat blinds for waterfowl hunting. If you plan on using a pit or boat blind, you can utilize blind grass to further camouflage yourself.
If you’re going to be turkey or deer hunting, you can use a pop up blind or a box blind. Pop up blinds can be as simple as a frame with a single camouflage screen. There are also hunting blinds that look like camouflage tents, with windows to watch for turkey or deer. These portable box blinds are great for multiple people, providing plenty of room to move around and store your hunting accessories.
Hunting Blind Size
Think about how many people will be hunting with you. Are you going to be hunting by yourself? With other adults? Kids? Hunters recommend getting a large blind if you’re going to have kids with you. It gives them plenty of room to move around, and protection from the elements while you’re hunting together. If you’re hunting by yourself, there are single person sizes available.
Hunting blinds, no matter the size, have made great strides in portability. Many hunting blinds only weigh around 20 pounds. The light weight makes them fairly easy to carry through the woods. Their portability also makes them easy to set up, getting your day of hunting started in no time.
Where to Set Up the Blind
When you’re ready to hunt, finding the perfect spot is important for setting up the blind. You will want the blind to blend in; don’t set up your blind in the middle of an open area where you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Look for a spot where animals will want to feed or drink. Clear the setup area of sticks and branches that might make noise when you’re moving in the blind. Use the natural surroundings to your advantage to better camouflage yourself and the hunting blind.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Only Bring the Necessities
If you’re going to hunt with a bigger blind, you’ll still only want to bring the necessities(besides your gun or bow). Bring disposable warmers, food and a hunting seat. You may want to bring a lot of stuff with you, but the blind will get crowded once you’ve got another person or a hunting dog with you.
Just because a deer or turkey can’t see you, doesn’t mean they can’t hear you. It’s important to stay as quiet as possible while in the blind. If you plan on eating, unwrap the food before you start hunting. Using a backpack water bottle for drinking will also help to eliminate noise. You don’t want to go to all the trouble of setting up your blind, only to have your target spooked by the sound of food being opened.