While hunting, sometimes an extra vantage point is needed to get the edge on your target. Deer shelves help provide a lift overhead, but not all hunting spots have the right amount of natural tree cover for deer shelves to be effective. In more open areas, such as ranches, a hunting blind is best for keeping out of sight from your target.
There are as many hunting blinds as there are needs and budget, from do-it-yourself numbers to higher-end professional products. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, it is essential to consider visibility, insulation, stealth, durability, and sound-proofing for your ideal hunting blind.
Your specific hunting needs may vary, but it’s still important to consider what sort of design you want out of your blind before committing to building or purchasing one. Even so, most blinds are built with these factors in mind.
The most basic and simple shape for hunting blinds is in a box style. These are also simple to construct, and you can even make one from shipping pallets on a budget.
Another optimal shape for hunting blinds is octagons. With more sides than box blinds, an octagon shape allows for less blind spots, and the lack of sharp corners means that the blind blends better into nature.
If you’re working with a do-it-yourself blind, any sort of wood base can serve as a floor. For longer lasting models, the floor can be constructed through an aluminum structure, which is then laminated with additional materials. You can even include anti-skid rubber flooring to prevent slips in poor weather.
No matter what sort of materials you use, it is helpful to have your floor set as one solid piece. Additional fasteners can cause your floor to be hard to move or make noise while relocating the blind.
Much like your floors, you can use the same sorts of materials for the walls. Also helpful when constructing or selecting your walls is being aware of what level of insulation it provides. Combinations of EPS Styrofoam and fiberglass work well for both keeping out the elements and preventing noise from leaking outside the blind.
As a hunting blind provides cover for aiming at your game of choice, it’s best to have several windows to increase your visibility. The more walls you have, the more vantage points you can include in your build. It’s important to make sure your windows are wide enough to fit your equipment of choice, be it archery equipment, crossbows, or firearms.
Higher-end hunting blinds can have framed-in windows, helping with insulation and sound dampening.
A hunting blind is not much use without a way in, but keeping other elements out is as important. Having a door allows for easy entry, and you can even place a window in your door for better visibility. Making sure your door handle is operable with one hand allows for easy use.
Depending on weather conditions of where you hunt, you may also want to insulate your door. Insulation also helps with keeping out unwanted bugs, rodents, and other pests.
Having a roof helps to keep out unsavory weather, but that’s not its only use. Constructing your roof at an angle will help with rain and snow runoff. Much like with octagon models, having slanted roofs will also help your blind blend in with nature.
Comfort is also a concern to keep in mind when building a hunting blind, and selecting the proper insulation helps with that. Even the most basic of insulation can make a world of difference to keep out the cold.
Professionally built blinds often include Styrofoam within the walls, and others even include seals on the door and windows to complete insulation. Beyond just helping with temperature, this also helps with dampening sound and scents from inside the blind
Depending on your hunting location, you may want an elevated blind to give a better view of your targets. It is more than possible to elevate your blind by supporting it with four-by-fours.
If you are purchasing a blind and need it to be elevated, some models come fitted with leg brackets, making adding support to elevate your blind simple.
Hunting blinds are built with many factors in mind to make the most effective setup for your hunting. No matter your budget, understanding your hunting needs can help in selecting the right blind for you, be it self-constructed or ready-made.