A Guide to How the Most Durable Hunting Blinds are Constructed
Building a hunting blind is relatively simple, but making one that can last for seasons to come is far more difficult. After all, it’s going to be sitting out in the wilderness where it will face everything that nature can throw at it and therefore it needs to be built to an incredibly high standard if it’s not going to rot, face infestation or be blown over by a storm.
If you’re going to build your own, it’s generally advised to start with a solid set of plans which can at least give you the correct structure and dimensions. After this, you can adjust and modify sections to your specifications and the environment that the blind will be situated in. Remember, it needs to be both concealed and also protected so that it can last and also be effective.
Choose Quality Materials
Durability starts with the materials that you choose. If you’re opting for very cheap MDF wood, you’re going to get lackluster results. Instead, you want a quality wood that’s used in construction, ideally something thick to provide stability against the elements. While this will increase the overall cost of your blind, it will give it greater durability and therefore longevity.
The same is true for the nails and other small components. Cheap iron will rust and lose strength very quickly when used outdoors, whereas waterproofed and treated steel nails are far more durable and will retain their rigidity even after years of rain and snow.
Pick a Sheltered Location
Part of creating a durable hunting blind is reducing the amount of punishment that it has to endure and one way to manage this is to locate your blind in a relatively sheltered location. This position might not always be possible, say if your hunting grounds are limited, bit often you can put it near an outcrop with trees so that the wind is buffered.
While placing your blind in the middle of a field is going to maximize the speed of the wind hitting into the building. As a result, any large storm is going to have a higher likelihood of damaging your blind, and once there is some small damage, any subsequent storms are going to have an even larger impact.
Protect it From the Elements
Nature can be incredibly harsh, and therefore you want to protect your blind from it as much as possible. Putting it in a sheltered location is one step, but you’ll also want to consider waterproofing it, installing strong locks and ensuring that the roof is slanted.
Waterproofing your entire blind would be tough, which is why it’s helpful to buy pre-treated wood and materials and then you can use different protective paints to add an extra layer of protection. Secondly, by installing strong locks, you can prevent the wind from ripping open the door to your blind, which would allow animal infestations and serious damage. Finally, by slanting the roof, you can prevent water pooling which can cause rot to the wood.
Keep the Floor Elevated
Water is the enemy of wood, especially when it’s allowed to pool and fester for long periods. This issue is particularly troubling in marshlands or other soft ground which can’t absorb much more water. In these places, even a small amount of rain can cause pooling on the surface which will rot the floor of your blind and cause other structural issues.
To prevent this, you need to raise the floor. The best way to do this is to locate the floor a foot above ground and use runners and stilts to anchor the blind into the turf without having the dirt in direct contact with the floor of your blind.
Fill in Every Joint and Gap
Finally, you need to ensure that every joint and gap in the construction of your blind is tight. It doesn’t necessarily need to be watertight, but this can prevent extra issues and is relatively simple to achieve. With expanding foams, you can fill the joints and gaps in your blind to prevent water from leaking in, as well as insects and bugs which can infest the building when you’re not there and wreck havoc.