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MLN1963
08-29-2011, 04:22 PM
How do you guys make your natural ground blinds? What do they look like and do you have pictures? Have you found things that should be avoided?

I'm just getting into deer hunting with my son so everything I do is in pairs $$. This drought we have in SW OK has killed my money tree so I need to do some things on the cheap. :p

Thanks for the ideas in advance.

Destroyer
08-29-2011, 04:56 PM
Prefer to make one with already fallen branches and adding to available cover but I just cut a few branches (if needed) and make a little wall. Make sure there is nothing under foot and I have clear shooting lanes. And don't go too nuts, it doesn't have to be a solid wall of cover.

Ehunter
08-30-2011, 01:15 AM
My best advice is keep it natural looking, but use enough cover so that you can move around a little. The few times I use a natural ground blind, I like to make it in a circle around me, with just one small path leading in. That protects me from deer coming in at almost any direction. Just don't make a solid wall. That's something you never see in the woods, and also it's alot harder to pick a spot to shoot out of. I shot my first P&Y buck just sitting on the ground, leaning back against a tree stump. No cover at all between me and the deer. 13 yard shot. Ok, that was damn lucky, I know, but it also goes to show, that when you draw your bow is as important as being completely hidden.

MLN1963
08-30-2011, 04:32 AM
Do you guys use an open top? My worries were the deer seeing bow/head movement as I raise and draw the bow.

How far back from where plan the ambush do you place/make your blind? I know you can be quite close with the blacked out tent types with shoot thru screen but a natural blind would seem to warrant some distance.

Destroyer
08-30-2011, 02:25 PM
Do you guys use an open top? My worries were the deer seeing bow/head movement as I raise and draw the bow.

Yes, not a problem. The deer seem to be looking for a whole person and using a mask there is little for them to see. The basics apply though, slow deliberate movement, don't make noise and wait for the deer to be looking away or feeding.


How far back from where plan the ambush do you place/make your blind?

20 to 30 yards but it depends on how spooky the deer are, sometimes that is too close. Live and learn.

MLN1963
08-30-2011, 06:23 PM
Thanks. Since this is my first year I would really like to limit my shots to 30 yards since I don't know how I will react. My son isn't as good of shot as me and I would like to keep him at 20-25 yards. I hope these aren't too close but we will have to see. First we need to get deer to the desired location while we are there.

Destroyer
08-30-2011, 06:38 PM
20 yards should be ok, it depends on how spooky they are. Biggest problem is wind and scent.


First we need to get deer to the desired location while we are there.

Going to setup a scrape, lure, call, rattle?

HawgEnvy
08-30-2011, 08:08 PM
dang,Mark. wish i was there. id school ya in ground blind huntin. my first couple years i hunted from ground blinds cuz i was skeered of heights. lol. find a reliable feeding area,find a fallen tree or large limbs(most of your work is already done). clear the ground to bare dirt. i used to take a chunk of carpet to sit on. quiets the noise and keeps your body from soaking up the moisture in the ground. pile more limbs out in front of you. not a solid wall,though. and only make it high enough so when you draw your aiming over the top of the limbs without unnecessary movement. just remember to make sure the deer are looking away from you when you move. you'll be surprised how close they'll get. my first doe was at 8yds. its nerve wrecking for sure.

MLN1963
08-31-2011, 07:58 AM
20 yards should be ok, it depends on how spooky they are. Biggest problem is wind and scent.



Going to setup a scrape, lure, call, rattle?

Good questions! We don't have a clue what we are doing, it is our first time. You could say it is the blind leading the blind.

On our small private area we plan on hunting near the feeders. Other than that I am open to ideas.

Destroyer
08-31-2011, 11:20 PM
On our small private area we plan on hunting near the feeders.

Good idea, brings in the critters and gives you a starting point. Done any scouting yet or are you just going turn up and see what happens? Both can work. Scouting using a spotting scope would give you a better idea of the time and movements of the deer and won't disturb them much if its open enough to do that. What is the area like?

Sharxfan
09-01-2011, 06:02 AM
On another forum they have a video of a guy making a homemade one. They also have pics of one where the guy has it around his elevated blind. They are called Ghost Blinds. They also mention a video on YouTube of a guy making a homemade one.

MLN1963
09-01-2011, 08:03 AM
Good idea, brings in the critters and gives you a starting point. Done any scouting yet or are you just going turn up and see what happens? Both can work. Scouting using a spotting scope would give you a better idea of the time and movements of the deer and won't disturb them much if its open enough to do that. What is the area like?

We have been around the small area, 30 acres, and looked for travel routes and bedding areas. I have picked out a few ground blind areas by the tree feeders and have one other cut out under a cedar tree along an opening they seem to travel. Like I said, I think they are just passing through looking for water at this point. We have had about an inch of rain in 6 months and the temps for the last 3 months are averaging over 100*.

Sonny

I have seen the ghost blind. It looks cool.

cyclepath
09-01-2011, 11:40 AM
[QUOTE=SonnyThomas;68132]Ground blinds... Have you guys seen the "Ghost Blind?" I think that was the name of it. QUOTE]

Have you seen the price for them things, 250 bucks!! Good idea but not if you are on a budget.


There is another option that I have had good luck with. About 14 bucks for a burlap blind.
I use pvc pipe as a frame for the burlap, about 10 bucks for that.
The blind comes out to 4' by 12' and is easy to carry in and out if you want.
I use fallen branches or what ever is around the area for cover around the blind.
Any blind should be set up weeks before hunting season so the deer will get used to it.
I also have a small stool that has a spinning seat on it for being able to quickly and quietly turn which ever way I need to for the best shot.
I have used the same blind for 3 years now and still working fine.

Sharxfan
09-01-2011, 11:46 AM
Check this out.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=diy+ghost+blind&aq=5m&oq=ghost+blind

MLN1963
09-01-2011, 12:25 PM
His homemade one cost him $140 to build. It is cool but I'm looking at brush and burlap for now. I can justify that a little easier.

Cyclepath

I bought a three legged folding chair/saddle seat from Cabela's to use. It doesn't swivel though. I would like a portable, folding chair that swivels. I just haven't seen one yet. We still have a month to go until deer season so I have time to work on the blinds. The season is three months long so some adjustments can be made during the season and still have time for the deer to accept the changes.

Sharxfan
09-01-2011, 12:44 PM
One chair two stools. Or you could cannibalize a swivel assembly and make your own.

http://www.suntracker.com/product.htm
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=826594
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=686981

MLN1963
09-01-2011, 01:00 PM
Thanks Sharxfan!

Sharxfan
09-01-2011, 01:34 PM
No problem. I can't troublshoot a bow all that well but my Google Fu is outstanding.

Destroyer
09-01-2011, 02:15 PM
We have been around the small area, 30 acres, and looked for travel routes and bedding areas. I have picked out a few ground blind areas by the tree feeders and have one other cut out under a cedar tree along an opening they seem to travel. Like I said, I think they are just passing through looking for water at this point. We have had about an inch of rain in 6 months and the temps for the last 3 months are averaging over 100*.

Sounds like you have it sorted. :)

Scent control? Clean rubber boots track less odors in and using a washing powder with less of a perfume helps too.

Money Man
09-02-2011, 07:15 PM
I don't build ground blinds, yet... I have just been sitting on the ground leaning against a tree. The only recommendation I have is, if you plan to sit on the ground or in a chair or on a stool, practice shooting that way. Like I said, I sit on the ground against a tree. My buddy suggested I try shooting that way so I would be comfortable with it. First shot went OK, second shot, I caught my knee with the limb as I made the shot. That was not comfortable at all. Those limbs hurt when they unload.

elkslayer4x5
09-03-2011, 06:56 AM
I carry a piece of 3D Camo, has die cut 'leaves', 12' X 60 " Got it from Hunter Specialties, if I remember correctly. Ran a piece of camo para cord along thru the top side, and tie it to a handy bush on either end. Deployes in seconds, and blends in any terrain and or foilage. I also carry a few clothes pins to help with the placement of my blind. You can see out thru the die cuts so you remain hidden, until its time to shoot. :)