BLIND EXPERIMENT By Robert Hoague
Jan 6, 2009 - 8:16:14 AM
One of the several issues with pop up ground blinds is that once you locate a good hunting spot you can't leave the blind there for very long. The wind stresses it and sometimes breaks a pole or tie down strap, the sun fades it, animals take up residence in it, livestock tangles themselves in it and rips the window areas and straps, and sometimes they eat some of it. So leaving the blind up for a while is not a good idea.
Because of this I've been working on a design for permanent ground blinds. Yesterday I took my prototype back to the Hammer Hole and set it up overlooking the end of the woods road where a flld plot was planted in the 30 yard opening at the road's end. On a previous hunt back there I noticed some green growth in the plot -- it had plenty of deer tracks in it too. So the last sead mixture we planted here had winter crop seeds in it.
For several years of late I've done a lot of bowhunting in different types of pop up ground blinds. All of the pop ups have restrictive issues and the same problems. Wild Turkeys are not spooked by the sudden appearance of a blind. You can even put one in an open field and if you call them over they do not pay any attention to the blind. Not so with deer.
I designed my new blind to solve the main issues that bother deer. With my prototype blind I did some things that are not apparent in the picture, but I had a hunch these things would solve this achilles heal of ground blind hunting -- deer don't like the blind.
Here is a picture of the new prototype ground blind.
And here is what happened that afternoon when I hunted in the blind the first time. GO...