Hunting blind history

Hunting blind history

Hunting blind history image. Black and white etching of man approaching a bird while hiding behind a cocking cloth.

He’ll never see me behind this cocking-cloth!

Hunting blind history isn’t well documented. As a result, people know very little about early hunting blinds. Have you ever wondered about hunting blind history? It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that even the earliest hunters hid behind trees, rocks, or painted their skin to avoid detection. The method of concealment hunters employ is dependent upon the local environment.

Today’s blinds range from cheap, ineffective blinds all the way to Ambush Hunting Blinds, the best blind in the market today. Blinds have gotten better throughout history.

NOTE… Today, the legality of hunting blinds is dependent upon local laws. Before using any hunting blind, even on land you have permission to hunt on,  check with the local Department of Wildlife to get the local regulations.


One of the earliest examples of a hunting blind was the cocking-cloth, little more than a two sticks crossed over each other and covered with a cloth, much the way a kite is designed. Cocking-cloths were covered with plant matter or painted to look like the local environment. By hiding behind cocking-cloths, hunters were able to get closer to their prey. Some hunters created cocking-cloths so large that several hunters could share one cloth. They could actually shoot at their prey through a hole in the cloth. Early hunters used atlatls (see video) and bows and arrows, so getting close to prey was crucial.

Hunting blind history informs us that cocking-cloths are the earliest form of official hunting blind, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Anything that conceals a hunter can be considered a blind. If a hunter lies in a ditch and covers herself in leaves, the ditch could be said to be a natural blind. Natural blinds are very common in duck hunting, but nothing in hunting blind history outperforms an Ambush Hunting Blind.

“I tried a popup tent and never saw a buck. I assumed the camouflage would conceal me, but it never did.
I think they could smell me. I don’t know. But when I setup an Ambush Hunting Blind in the same spot,
I saw a buck every day.” Matt V. Minnesota.


By | 2016-04-23T18:04:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Hunting Blinds, News|1 Comment

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