My handmade blind - well, what's left of it

My handmade blind – well, what’s left of it

Any hunting blind should give you more chances not to be spotted by your hunt. As there are many types of hunting blinds, it’s only natural that you need to choose the right one for your hunt.

Choosing the right type of hunting blind is just one step though and you also need to take some other steps in order to have a successful hunt.

Pay attention to the pattern on the fabric of your hunting blind as it needs to perfectly blend you in the environment. Pick the pattern that reproduces grass, bush, curtails matching the season and the natural surroundings. A good hunting blind comes with cords, straps for a more natural feel. Don’t forget about scent free features as animals have a sensitive sense of smell and might spot you because of it.

Choose the best time to display your hunting blind and the sooner the better seems to be the key. Deer always stay away from new objects in their familiar surroundings and need time until something new becomes ordinary. It’s better to set up your hunting blind a few weeks before the beginning of deer season, in a subtler area.

Keep in mind to do some searching before placing your hunting blind. Scout a bit to observe the feeding and bedding areas before placing your blind. A well placed blind means you get closer to a successful hunt. The scouting gives you clues on crop rotation, predators, drought, weather and seasonal factors that have a good say when hunting.

The terrain you’re going to place the hunting blind is also an important aspect to consider. The visibility that hunting blinds gives you is also very important and finding the balance between getting the best chance of clear, steady shot and remain out of sight is difficult to obtain.

When you want to get out of deer’s sight and scent line, a tree stand is the right choice. But in order to get the best of it, you need to place yourself high in order to eliminate scent and win visibility at the same time.

If you hunt in fields and open areas, there is some limitation when it comes to elevation. You can get a box hunting blind in this case for the best results when hunting.

When you want to go all the way, you should build heavy covers for ridges bedding, funnels, valleys, bottlenecks for movement and always have on you ready food and water.

Half way there

Don’t forget about wind when setting up your hunting blind. Deer are great for spotting human scent so place your blind upwind to overcome this. Get some more help from a scent-eliminating spray on your new blind. Shiny faces and bright objects are easily spotted by whitetails so keep this in mind also.

Stay also behind the sun and downwind when you go for big ducks or setup different blinds for morning and evening, for more success.

Every piece of garment you wear brings more points, so choose dark clothing and even face mask (makeup does the same tricks) for luckier hunting.

Which type of weapon also counts when choosing and placing your hunting blind. The shooting distances differ from a rifle or a bow as you need to be closer when use a bow, for instance. So, you need more camouflage when you use a bow, whereas rifle takes you farther from your hunt, so it’s useless to go over the mountains with the hiding.

The more you get into hunting, the more you realize you need to spend some money in your hobby. You don’t throw out of the window your money when you get binoculars, wind checkers, cell phone, cover scents, arm support as each of them would proof its utility at some point.

Your hunting blind needs to give you some sort of protection not only against the elements, but also against dangerous wild animals. Place the blind away from any danger, in a healthy place, free from diseases and pests.

It’s very important to get easily access to your hunting blind.  So your blind has to be not only easy to get to, but also placed in a nice, comfortable place for the animals around.

And, if everything of the above is checked, don’t forget about waterproofness of your hunting blind. Or it should be the first thing to check on a rainy season. You want to be able to hunt warm and dry as a sick hunter is no use for anyone.