If you’re going to pop up blinds for bow hunting on the public ground. You’ve got some important decision about tree stands and ground lines. A lot of stages requires that you take your stands out of the field with you every day and that means you’re going to be setting up in the dark and you’re tearing down in the dark and that compounds a challenge of getting in and out of your hunting area without spooking game.
In this content, I’ve got 11 most important tips hunting out of ground blinds. Whether you just bought your first one brand new or you hunt out of those things a year. After a year hopefully, you can take those one tips back to the field with you this fall. So, let’s check it out.
Air it Out
Whether you’re blind is brand-new or, it was laying in the garage next to the lawn mower the entire offseason. The first place that you want to open this thing up is not in the woods. The day you want to hunt get that thing out a few weeks early. Open it up, set it up and let it air out better. Put its rights on the spot that you want to hunt and let the animal get used to it.
Maybe you don’t have the opportunity to get it set up in your hunting spot early. In that case consider just opening it up, putting it out in the yard and letting it sit for a few weeks just to an arrow.
Spray it Down
Now I would classify this tip as completely optional and I’m not talking about your scent control spray. What I’m talking about is some kind of “water repellant spray” that you can use outside of your tent. If your concern with water in your ground blind, this can be a really good way to go to give your tent a little bit more protection.
Run down to your local sports store, check out the camping section and there multiple products to pick from. Not only do these sprays help with the water but you can actually find sprays that can help protect against UV rays from the sun. So, If your blind setting outside all year this will help you with fading of the color and camouflage.
Play the Wind
You found the spot where you think the animals are going to come out. Whether it’s a food plot, a water source, a runway, a scrape line whatever it’s maybe. Now it’s time to get set up and the rule of thumb is you always want to be downwind of where you think the shots going to be, or you want to the wind in your face. Let’s take this scenario for the example:
This deer is going to come into the food plot and you have a strong wind coming out of the Southeast. In that case, you want to set up your tent northwest side of the food plot and vice versa.
If these deer come out and there a Northwest wind you probably want to set your tent up on the Southeast side of the food plot. We can’t always predict where the animals are going to come from. But you definitely want to play the wind and put yourself in the best possible situation.
Avoid the Skyline
In some scenarios, there’s going to be a temptation to set your ground blind up on a higher vantage point to give you better visibility. This isn’t always the best case scenario when an animal comes out and look in your direction.
The silhouette of the ground blind on top of the hill is going to stick out like a score thumb. I’m not going to say this is going to ruin your hunt. Because it may and it may not. But it definitely going to draw a little bit more attention to where you’re setting. So, just try to avoid the skyline if you can.
Brush it in
You can get as crazy as you want when brushing your ground blind in. But at a minimum here’s what to consider the silhouette of your ground blind meaning the top, the sides and the bottom also consider your environment. If you’re hunting in pines use pines, if you hunting in cedars use cedars. If you want to set this thing up on the edge of a cornfield use corn stalks. I think you guys get the point.
Pick Your Chair
Now you can go down to the Cabela’s and spend 80, 90 or 100$ on these great heavy duty swivel padded chairs and that’s just fine. But you can also consider some simple things, a pail one of these foldable stools, or the classic camping chair that you sit around the fire with.
Regardless, you should always ask yourself multiple questions. Is it mobile? Does it fit my ground blind? Is it quiet? Can I easily maneuver it? If I have to move it to make a shot? Can I shoot off of it? This all completely up to you. I think sometimes, how comfortable a chair is the first thing that people look at. But the reality is if you’ve got any animal coming in quickly and you’ve got to be able to get out of a big comfortable chair.
Get on the edge of the seat and take a shot quickly and quietly is a big comfortable chair the thing that right for you. And I don’t know that’s your call regardless of what you pick to get it out offseason. Sit on it, take some shots off of it and make sure it’s going to work for you.
You’ve got a brand new ground blind. You just got it set up in the field. Look at all the windows in this thing. You’re going to open all of them up to give yourself better visibility. Well, you know what this is what you look like. When I hunt, I try to keep the least amount of windows open as possible. Maybe just the two in the front quarters and that’s it. And those windows even though they’re open, I’m going to leave up to shoot through camouflage see-through mesh.
In the back, I’m going to leave them completely blacked out all closed. If I want to see what’s going on behind me from time to time, I might grave the top corner of one of the windows and just peek out, that’s it.
You’ve got the ground blind set up the only window that’s open is the big triangle window right in the front. However the see-through, the shoot through camouflage is still up. Everything’s great at this point no animals can see you, but you decided that you want to see what’s going on behind. So, you turn around and open up the back window.
Now you’ve got a problem. Any animals standing in front of blind can easily pick out your silhouette with new light coming in from the back of the blind. And as an FYI, when I pull down this back window, I didn’t completely pull the whole window down. I actually, left the shooting mess up in the back as well and that much light still came through. This is probably one of the most important pieces of this content hunting from the ground blind.
Lose the CAMO
Most of these blinds are completely blacked out on the inside. So, it really doesn’t make much sense to wear anything but black. If you spent just 500$ on the latest and greatest CAMO in its scent control and you really want to wear it.
Sit in the Shadows
the You got your black on and you’re ready to go. Just avoid setting too close to the front windows. Because the closer you’re to the window, the more light that’s going to reflect off your face and your clothes.
Practice Like You Play
As a kid at some point, you’ve all had a coach tell you this and with hunting it’s no different. You take the whole offseason to practice. So, take the extra time to get the ground blind on a shoot out of it. Shoot sitting down out of the windows, shoot through the mesh, figure out what board head you’re going to use and shoot that through the mesh.
The only thing that’s going to is it going to build your confidence. If something goes wrong at least it goes wrong. While you’re practicing and you can fix it for the hunting season.
Hope you guys got some idea to make your hunting more interesting. I’m not expert by any stretch of the imagination. I would love to hear from you. Please, leaves some comments below. Let me know some tips that you guys use when hunting out of the ground blind. I would love to learn from you.
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