Difference Between Permanent and Portable Hunting Blinds

When you choose to set up a blind for your next hunt, it is imperative to know all of your choices, and there are many.  The following list will help you to understand the difference between portable and permanent blinds better.  Hopefully, this will help you to narrow down the essential things you will require for your hunting style.

Location and Climate

The first thing you will need to consider is where your hunt will take place.  If you are hunting in four-foot-deep snow, you might want to put up a permanent blind in the offseason.  By doing this, you will have a dry and warm place to hunt come hunting season.  On the other hand, if you will be in a warm climate and want to go out for a quick hunt on public land, a portable blind is a more practical choice.

What Game Will You Hunt?

A permanent blind will allow more flexibility in features that will enable you to use a blind best suited for the game you will hunt.  For example, a permanent elevated blind will give you an advantage over deer.  A portable blind will not be as flexible due to the mere fact that you have to carry it in and out for your hunt.  It needs to be lightweight and manageable to take with all of your other hunting gear.

Usefulness

If you want to consider getting the most bang for your buck, you might want to consider a portable blind.  If your scouting was a little off, it is not a huge ordeal to relocate a portable blind to a new hunting spot.

Quickly moving a permanent blind is not a feasible option.  Also, a portable blind can double as a fishing shelter or just about any other thing your imagination can come up with. After all, it is portable.

Physical Requirements

You may be in the company of a hunter or even you might have a disability, health issues or an injury.  In this case, a permanent blind would be the most appropriate choice because ramps and other accessibility issues would be able to be addressed in the offseason.

Accommodations can be anything from a handrail to specialized seating.  If you are an able-bodied person, you will probably not be as concerned with accommodations and may consider a portable blind more appropriate.

Accessories

Does it matter to you what bells and whistles are in your blind?  If so, a permanent blind would be your best option.  There are many items on the market such as seats, cameras, and even insulation panels that you can buy to customize your blind, so it can be comfortable and enjoyable for years to come.

Some places even include these upgrades included in the price.  If you are more of a person that is not as concerned about creature comforts, then a portable blind would work for you.

Cost

The price of blinds can vary.  Typically, a permanent blind will cost more but last much longer.

Portable blinds usually have a lower lifespan lasting just a few seasons, however for people that change locations frequently the mobility may be a plus.

When it comes to making this choice, one has to decide whether you want to pay a higher price for a better quality product with more longevity, or to go a more budget friendly route with portable blinds for a more basic product.

Property

A permanent blind is an excellent choice if you are hunting on your land or have a deal worked out with a leased property owner.  Otherwise, a portable blind would be a better choice.  Permanent blinds take a lot of work to install, and it is not something that you would want to put up and take down year after year.

Law

Knowing the law is a big part of what type of blind to choose.  If hunting on public land, including any National Forest, you can only hunt using a portable stand or blind.  In most places, you must carry your blind in and out.

Some areas do allow for you to leave your blind up for a specified period but it is your responsibility to remove it when the time limit expires.  Also, if you leave your blind on public land, some places consider it fair game for first come, first serve.  It could come as a shock to you if you walked in and found another hunter in your blind!

After searching for months, I finally decided on 2 6x6 Ambush Stalker blinds which are made right here in the USA. The customer service from Ambush was top notch. Every time I called Ambush, one of the owners answered the phone and spent time talking to me about their blinds. I really preferred the new window design and the black out window covers, which were not on either of my blinds at the time of purchase. Ray at Ambush drove over 3+ hours one way to my property and replaced them for me. Who does that? You wont find better service anywhere!
Randy Gothrup