Over the years, I have run into more than one bowhunter who has had a treestand accident of one kind or another. Although they aren’t crazy about hunting from a tree, they continue to do so largely because they feel that hunting from the ground is an inferior way to hunt deer. Hunting from a tree has a few advantages over hunting from the ground, but the truth is if you hunt from the ground properly, you can consistently bag a buck. Hunting from a tree has advantages and so does hunting from a ground blind. The key to success depends on your ability to keep the blind completely concealed.
Ground blinds are becoming popular with deer hunters because they keep you out of the weather and they setup quick.
If you are able to hunt on private land, getting deer accustomed to the idea of having a pop-up ground blind nearby is relatively easy. Once you have your pop-up blind in the location you want it to be in, you can leave it up. Over time, the blind will become another piece of the landscape. Using brush and trees to break up its outline is a great way to help the blind blend in even more. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to leave a blind in one location over long periods of time, there are still things you can do to increase your odds of not being seen by deer. For starters, once your blind is in the location you plan on hunting from, make sure you use the shoot through netting on your windows. Deer seem to pick out the large black holes easily and get spooked from it. The shoot through netting that is available on most pop-up blinds helps camouflage the windows and make them blend in. If there isn’t a lot of cover where you plan on putting your blind, you can use some type of leafy cover offered by most blind companies that can be placed over your blind to help make it look more like a bush and less like a blind.
If you are hunting public ground, another option is finding a downed tree in the area you plan on hunting and place your blind near it using the downed tree as a way of breaking up the outline of the blind. If you are hiking in a long distance or are concerned about be busted by deer, there are some blinds are available that are extremely small and lightweight that can be packed in long distances and are so small they can blend in almost anywhere.
This new Blind by Eastman Outdoors covered with and sold by ASAT.
I have discovered that using a ground blind in a place where I can lean large numbers of branches against it makes it disappear in the woods. When I am hunting with a pop-up blind on public ground, I will usually gather some dead branches into a pile near the location I plan on hunting. When I reach my hunting place, I can have my blind set up in a minute or less and have branches leaned against it in another minute and I am ready to hunt.
The Matrix, by Double Bull offers 360 degree shooting.
Once you know how to camo up a blind so you can blend in, you have many advantages over a treestand. For instance, they are warmer in the late fall when temps are below freezing so you can stay out longer. You can bring more gizmos and gadgets with you into the woods because you are hunting from a blind. Last but not least, you can bring a buddy or one of your kids with you and they can wiggle around all they want without being seen. Videotaping a hunt is simple and easy from a pop-up blind because you can have a tripod and move your camera as much as you want without being seen. Some blinds come with a camera port to make taping easier than it used to be. Most blinds come with a black interior so seeing any movement from outside the blind is nearly impossible.
The interior of most blinds is black making it extremely hard to see your pins on your sight…Unless you use a Kingsway sight.
There is one big problem with hunting from pop up ground blinds. Because the interior of most of the popup blinds on the market today is black you usually loose almost an hour of shooting light. It has been my experience that the moment the sun dips behind the trees in the evening seeing the pins on my old sight was difficult.
I recently started using a Kingsway double Triad. This sight has lighted pins that thanks to a built in computer chip that adjust to the amount of daylight around you is always bright even when the sun has dipped below the trees. The Kingsway sight allows me to hunt almost an extra hour. Which means more time in the woods, which increases my chances for success. If you are thinking about hunting from a ground blind this fall also take a look at the amazing Double Triad sight from Kingsway Archery.
Kingsway’s unique system and bright power boost optics make it the perfect choice for blind hunting.