Pop Up Blind and Box Blind Strategies for Deer Hunters
The summer sun is really heating things up, and deer season may seem like it’s still so far away, but the truth is early season deer opportunities are right around the corner. September seasons will be opening soon, and the anticipation for the rut raged days of November is a reality. This is the perfect time to be considering tactics and strategies for your deer season this fall. It may seem like there are as many strategies for deer hunting as there are deer hunters. Strategies utilizing various food sources, numerous camouflage patterns, all sorts of scents and calls, and even deer decoys can all be a part of your deer season tactics. In the end, though, deer hunting at its core has to do with effectively getting into range of a target deer and accurately making the shot, and taking that deer to fill your tag. One of the single most critical aspects of getting close to deer, no matter what weapon you choose to hunt with, is your ability to adequately hide.
Deer have exceptional senses that are always in tune and are always actively searching for potential danger and on high alert. Staying hidden from a deer’s senses takes an active strategy and planning. Hunters must learn to utilize wind direction and thermals to avoid a deer’s nose, travel quietly and stealthily in the field to avoid a deer’s acute hearing, but hiding from a deer’s field of view is just as tricky. Countless numbers of camouflage patterns, shaggy guile suites, and hunting from an elevated position are all tools that you can utilize to remove yourself from a deer’s field of view or hide in plain sight. One fantastically successful option for hiding from a deer’s line of sight is the use of a hunting blind.
Hunting Deer From a Blind
Using a blind to hunt deer is an age-old technique. No doubt prehistoric hunters used blinds they built from natural materials to ambush prey, including deer, in areas that the prey tended to frequent. Building a hide from an animal’s view to hunt from is in no way unique to deer hunting. Waterfowl hunters rely heavily on hunting from a blind, calling predators can be extremely productive from a blind, as well as pursuing turkeys, and wildlife photographers often rely heavily on the use of a blind to get close to the action. The need for practical and comfortable hunting blinds that are economical and effectively deployed in the field has changed the hunting industry and helped to define the products that are available on the market today. Hunters today have access to a variety of options of ready to use hunting blinds, blinds that offer unique features depending on the particular intended application, blinds that are mobile, and blinds that are designed to be more permanent.
Where to Use a Deer Blind
Using a blind to hunt deer is a terrific tactic, but it does not change the basic essential truths of deer hunting. To effectively hunt deer, you must hunt where deer are. “Hunt where the deer are” may seem like a very simple and straightforward statement, but the fact is deer are in many places, but for a variety of reasons, at various times of the day, and for various lengths of time. Hunters must consider their hunting property and identify key areas that deer may frequent.
- Bedding Areas and Sanctuary
- Feeding Areas and Food Sources
- Travel Corridors
By identifying areas that deer frequent on the property you are hunting, and establishing the reasons they are there, you can better consider where a hunting blind would be most effective during your hunt. Consider factors like prevailing wind direction, the time of day deer are most likely to utilize the area, the deer’s travel patterns, and your approach to the blind when deciding on the right location for your setup.
Why Use a Deer Blind
- Deer Hunting Blinds Offer Comfort
While it is true that deer are effectively hunted from treestands, by still hunting, and even with tactics like a deer drive or walking draws and blocks of timber; the effectiveness of hunting deer from a blind cannot be argued. Utilizing a blind during deer season gives hunters added flexibility and offers a level of comfort and safety not found in tree stands. Deer blinds, whether elevated or directly on the ground offer a level of comfort not afforded by a tree stand or still hunting by concealing the hunter with actual walls. While it is true, deer blind hunters must still consider wind direction and do their best to stay quiet, blind style hunting offers added flexibility allowing hunters a certain amount of freedom to stretch and move while going unnoticed.
- Deer Hunting Blinds Provide Elbow Room
Pursuing deer this season from a deer blind is an ideal tactic for anyone planning to hunt with a buddy, or introduce someone new to the passion. Not all deer hunters go it alone and trying to get multiple tree stand setups together that safely and effectively accommodate two hunters, a hunter, and their guest, or maybe even a hunter and a cameraman are not always realistic. Introducing a new youth hunter to their first deer season brings along with it safety concerns that are much easier to address in a blind on the ground than from a stand in a tree. Hunting with your feet firmly on the ground, or elevated on a solid platform surrounded by four walls offers new and old hunters alike safety and security for their hunt.
Types of Deer Hunting Blinds
While hunters have made makeshift hunting blinds throughout history to ambush game using natural materials, modern hunters have access to a variety of deer hunting blinds perfectly suited to various hunting situations and budgets.
Hub Style Deer Hunting Blinds
For hunters who require plenty of elbow room in the blind, but need to stay mobile at the same time, a hub style blind is a perfect fit. Made from robust fabric that is both lightweight and durable, hub style blinds offer you the ability to carry your blind into remote areas, make a move when the time is right, and set up a hide no matter what trees are nearby.
The Bone Collector R-600 by Rhino Blinds is a perfect example of a hub style blind that is made to be spacious, quiet, mobile, and tough as nails. Built using triple bonded 600 denier fabric for strength and durability, the Bone Collector R-600 is big enough to accommodate 3-4 hunters, while still portable enough to be perfect for a solo hunt.
With features like a 270-degree silent window system on slide tracks and a zipperless door, this 5-hub style blind is versatile and adaptable for any hunt or terrain out there. For a hunter exploring new territory, a hunter with mobility in mind, or a hunter looking for versatile concealment on your next hunt; a hub style blind is a fantastic choice.
Box Style Deer Hunting Blinds
Hunters looking for a more permanent solution for their hunting property should take a good look at the box blinds on the market today. Built with quality materials that are designed to withstand the elements season after season, an investment in a quality box blind will offer security and concealment for seasons to come.
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Redneck Blinds, a leader in the box blind market offers a variety of sizes and solutions for hunters looking to put an all-season, all-weather blind on their property. Designed for hunters by hunters, Redneck Blinds utilizes tough, weatherproof fiberglass in the construction of their blinds sealed with an all-season gel coat for a worry-free and maintenance-free blind. Made with large tinted and tempered automotive-grade windows for visibility and shot opportunities, you are sure to catch the action from the comfort of the blind. Putting a box style blind on a stand near a travel corridor, on a food plot, or along a doe bedding area is a terrific tactic for any time of deer season.
Deer hunters all dream about the days in the stand, cool fall mornings, and making the shot count when it presents itself. By adding the versatility of hunting from a blind, either a hub-style portable blind, or a permanent box style blind, or both to your toolkit this season; you will be better prepared for the hunt, and for success. Good luck this season!