When it comes to Bow Hunting, I prefer to hunt from an elevated position up in a tree stand. However it is not always possible, So a pop up blind is a great alternative if setup properly. I have had great success hunting from a ground blind for deer, turkey and wild hogs. A ground blind offers great concealment and hides a hunters movement. It provides protection from the elements and allows you to access extra gear without giving away your position. Most blinds have a dark interior, hunters can move around some without being detected. Archers who find it difficult to draw their bow at the right time will quickly appreciate the ability to draw without worry inside a pop up blind.
If your willing to put in a little extra effort it will usually amount to being more successful in the woods. Here are my blind-hunting tips and tactics to help you get a shot opportunity on the buck your chasing this fall.
Where to set up your blind is the biggest factor for a successful hunt. Be sure to set up where deer are traveling or feeding with good visibility for multiple shooting lanes. Your preseason scouting and trail camera pictures will determine the best area for an ambush set up. Once you have a great spot picked out, it’s time to get the pop up blind in the woods. Setting up at least 2-3 weeks before season starts is preferred to allow the deer to get used to seeing the blind. I also like to brush in the blind and try to cover it completely out of sight.
I take the leaves and debris inside the blind and rake it up against the inside floor/bottom of the blind to cut down on drafts taking my scent out. To be silent I cut a piece of carpet square for the floor inside of the pop up blind. A good comfortable folding chair is a necessity that should not be overlooked. Bow hunters should utilize a ground bow holder or hang your bow from the top so you can have a arrow nocked and loaded. Be sure to spray down the entire blind inside and out with scent eliminator. I usually keep a bucket inside the pop up to store gear and other items. It also doubles for a seat for a guest if needed. The bucket is very useful for holding the blind down when your not there hunting. Tie a rope to the top of inside the blind, then the other end to the bucket, fill with a few rocks. Now your blind will never blow away during heavy winds or storms.
Once season arrives and it’s time to start hunting the set I prefer to wear a black shirt and black face mask over camo. I will open just a few of the windows on the front side with shooting lanes. Make sure to keep the windows behind you closed so the deer can’t see your silhouette through the blind. I’m not a fan of shooting through the mesh windows, I shoot through the open windows. Hopefully you have been practicing shooting sitting down or even kneeling down for that moment of truth.
Hunting in these pop up ground blinds, you lose the visibility of hunting a tree stand up in the air but the scent control and hunter movement it allows make it a great choice to effectively hunt.
Do you hunt out of a pop up blind? What tips do you use to successfully hunt the ground?
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