This is yet another Field Insight by Jason Cruise. I don't know why I am so fascinated with these field insights. I've only been hunting once in my life and it was pretty cool but it isn't something I do on a regular bases or anything. I do, however, understand the mind set and I can relate to it a lot, just like I can relate to someone who is in or has been in the military. But that's another blog for another time...
This one is about Setting up a ground blind.
On any given hunt, you can find yourself in a situation where you have little structure to hide yourself. Here are some tips on building a makeshift ground blind:
ARRANGE YOUR BLIND FOR COMFORT
You don't set up a small blind if you plan to move soon. Since you are going to be there a while, get comfortable. This is key to staying still and hunting for longer periods of time. Quietly clear out rocks, protruding sticks, thorns and such. Make your blind hassle free.
PREPARE THE BLIND FOR SILENCE
Even though you're in a blind, sometimes you need to reposition to get a shot. Clear out the leaves and sit on the dirt. Clip branches that get in your way or create noise should you need to swing your muzzle or bow in a shooting situation.
BE AS NATURAL AS POSSIBLE
Use structure from the immediate area if you can. Make your blind blend in with natural elements native to where you are hunting. In the spring the woods are greening up. Sometimes fallen down trees host only dead limbs. One easy trick is to clip branches off of trees, and stick them straight into the ground along your blind. It provides the green effect and still gives you vertical structure just as if it were small saplings taking root.
TRY TO ELIMINATE THE BACK DOOR
Many hunters fail here. Once you've decided on an area in which to set up, never just set up without thinking of the direction from which the animal should approach. Granted, you cannot completely eliminate an animal from sneaking in on you. With a little forethought, you can try to put your back to the area least likely to host a travel route. All the more reason for a blind should an animal come slipping in.
PLAN FOR WIND DAMAGE
Hunters tend to forget about the role wind can play when constructing a blind. Wind can blow through your blind and change it completely. Construct it the best you can by thinking of how sturdy it will be should a strong breeze come through. On another note, if your blind material or netting blows easily in the wind, it can spook game. Carry a little extra string to tie things together. Make it extra sturdy the first time, and you won't find yourself sitting in the open.....again.
GET THE RIGHT GEAR
You don't need a lot, but you do need a few things: ratchet clippers, or aka, "pruning sheers" a must for any hunter, string for tying limbs together, small tacks can be life savers for attaching your blind material or netting to tree trunks.
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