These days, “hunting blind” could mean almost anything. Triple Crown makes a hunting blind that’s basically a camo umbrella. Another hunting blind from Chrono is known as a goose chair. Or you could go for the deluxe option, such as a 300-pound, 45 square foot aluminum-framed elevated goose blind. If you’re having trouble deciding, here are two hunting blinds currently among the most popular.
Plywood shacks, clumps of grass, ground pits, and canvas-draped metal frames — whether makeshift or manmade, there’s no mistaking a duck blind (unless, of course, you’re a duck). Two things make duck blinds necessary: a duck’s great vision, and the cold weather in which ducks are often hunted. Here are some general tips on hunting from land-based duck blinds.
How to secure a duck blind
Even in the off-season, there’s work to be done for the duck hunter. Some states require a license or permit to build or occupy a duck hunting blind. If paperwork is required in your state, make sure you’re not left out in the cold next duck season.
If you hunt every year on private land, give the landowner a courtesy call in spring or summer. Changes to land use can affect a hunting spot and render a duck blind useless. It’s better to have advance notice in case you need to scope out an alternate blind.
Duck blind improvement and placement
If you’re hunting from a permanent duck blind, hopefully, its location was chosen by someone who scouted the local birds and their flight habits. Give your duck blind a quick inspection to make sure there’s no visible erosion. Add camouflage or brush to any problem spots.
With temporary duck hunting blinds, location is key. If you hunt a regular spot each year, try to recall any patterns exhibited by the birds. Sometimes a change in the position or shape of a duck blind can make all the difference.
If your last hunting season was unsuccessful, try mixing things up this year. Use a layout duck blind for a day, or bring along materials to build a small, temporary duck blind at another spot. Some plywood, camo netting, and natural materials are enough for a quick (though often cold) improvised duck blind.
Best duck blind – ALPS OutdoorZ Legend Layout Blind
The Legend Layout Blind keeps you off the ground while maintaining a low profile. The Legend Layout Blind provides an enclosed waterproof tarpaulin floor, which protects you and your gear when weather conditions are challenging but the hunting is prime. A mesh face screen offers concealment without obstructing your view of the sky. The rear zippered door gives easy access to the pit storage area.
No assembly is required and the backpack carry straps make hands-free transporting easier and faster than ever before. The blind also includes stubble straps throughout for better concealment and a padded head rest for maximum comfort. The Legend Layout Blind provides the comfort, concealment, protection, and mobility you need to make a successful waterfowl hunt.
With the assistance a boat blind, more and more duck hunters these days are taking to the water. Rivers are natural feeding spots for ducks, and hunting from a boat allows hunters to scout out the best spots for setting decoys. Add a pop-up boat blind, and the birds will come to you. The following tips can help increase the effectiveness of your boat blind.
Hunting with boat blinds
It seems simple enough: if you want to hunt geese, find where they are. With land-based goose blinds, hunters are forced to wait for the birds to come to them. But with river hunting, the first step is locating the geese. Only then is it time to set up the boat blind.
If you flush a large flight, that’s the place to be. Position your decoys with string and anchors appropriate to the water depth. Look for a good spot along the shore to hide the boat. Boat blinds provide a lot of cover, but shadows, overhanging trees, and natural vegetation will make your deception complete.
Hunting for boat blinds
Boat blinds can provide a number of different looks depending on which model you choose. Some feature a basic camo look, while others attempt to imitate the appearance and texture of natural grassland cover.
Besides appearance, your foremost consideration when buying a boat blind should be sizing. Know your boat’s measurements before you buy. It’s also worth it to spend extra dollars on boat blinds that are easy to install, such as the pop-up boat blind from Innovative Wildlife Specialties (www.popupblind.com).
If you need a simpler blind for a smaller boat, the easy-up duck boat blind is an inexpensive solution (www.flywayspecialties.com).
Year-round hunters should also supplement their boat blinds with camo covers for different locations and seasons.
Best boat blind – Beavertail 1600 Series
Beavertail 1600 Series Boat Blinds are designed not only for exceptional concealment, but with superior functionality. These blinds attach to your boat with our exclusive telescoping frame system, which means no holes to drill, and attachment / detachment is a snap.
This boat blind is designed to work with both backwater motors and standard outboards. Our boat blinds also lay directly on the side rail which means unobstructed access to gun boxes and accessories. By exchanging the blind arms for ground stakes, this is the only blind in the industry that can go from the boat to the field in 5 minutes.
Many bowhunters look down on ground blinds — pun intended. But a ground blind well-disguised can be just as effective as an elevated blind or treestand. Concealment is key in-ground hunting, both of sight and scent. Following these suggestions can improve your success when hunting from a ground blind.
Concealing a ground blind
A permanent ground blind on private land is the ideal setup for a hunter. Deer will become accustomed to its presence, increasing your chances of a kill. But in most cases, ground hunting involves disguising a temporary, pop-up freestanding shelter.
Breaking up your silhouette is critical when hunting from a ground blind. Even a camo exterior can stick out like a green thumb. Position your ground blind near trees, particularly downed trees, or trunks with overhanging branches. Some portable ground blinds feature additional loops for holding limbs, brush, and natural cover. Imitation cover can also be purchased from most blind companies.
Wind direction should also be considered when setting up your ground blind. Scent-concealing sprays and blinds can be used, but being downwind from your prey is always a wise decision.
Decoys are another way to take attention off a ground blind, particularly during rut or in more open areas.
Best ground blind
Primos Surroundview 360 Double Bull Ground Blind
The Primos Surroundview 360 Double Bull Ground Blind is changing the game. One of the biggest issues with hunting in a ground blind was, limited visibility. With new technology the Double Bull SurroundView 360 Blind by Primos is constructed with exclusive one-way walls that allow you to see all of your surroundings without being seen! You can now hunt in your blind and see game coming from any direction.
This blind comes with four one-way see through walls and one movable black out wall. The dimensions of this blind are 60 inches x 60 inches x 70 inches and weighs 23lbs with the bag. There are five shooting ports and a 180 full front shooting window.