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Setting Up a Deer Blind

If you have ever been busted in a deer blind then you most likely were not following one of these crucial guidelines when setting up your blind. Having a decent setup to hunt from is even more important than your aim. A poor blind setup will drive away your targets before you ever get a chance to look at them.

  1. Set up your ground blinds early
  2. Brush your ground blind in
  3. Have your ground blind out of line of sight
  4. Dont keep all the windows open
  5. Eliminating odors from the Ground Blind

Set Up Early!

Setting your ground blind up early, this single act can make or break youre your hunt. It is so important to allow animals to get used to your blind being there neighborhood. To make the animals in the area more comfortable with your blind you will need to give them time. Try to have your blinds set up at least 2 weeks in advance.

If you don't want to leave your expensive deer blind laying out in the middle of the forest you can use this technique and knock out two birds with one stone. A couple of weeks prior to your hunt clear out the area you intend to use for your blind set-up. Take brush, sticks and leaves from the area and build up a structure roughly the same size as your deer blind should be. This will allow the animals in the area to get used to something that resembles your deer blind, and the materials you used will be great to brush in your blind when you return.

Cover With Brush

Brushing in a blind adds depth and takes away from having one solid blob standing out in the open. Place large cross beams to hold smaller branches and look for evergreens and branches with leaves to maximize concealment. Be careful when you brush in your concealment and be sure you are leaving openings in your brush for a clear shot. There is nothing worse than seeing your target and then risking a poor shot because there are leaves and brush in the way.

Blind Placement

Although it is not always possible try to place your ground blind in way that forces wildlife to cross your blind instead of facing it directly when they enter your stand site. This helps to keep you concealed as well as gives you higher percentage shot. 

Close the Windows on the Blind

The nature of the ground blind is it uses the darkness of the interior for concealment of movement. Have you ever looked out your home window at night and not been able to see anything but then shut off your lights inside and you can see outside? Well it is the same concept. As long as the light out side of the blind is greater than that of the inside it will be hard to see inside from the outside. Only keep the side open that offers you the best opportunity at a good shot and don't leave multiple windows open when if unnecessary.

Cover Your Blind with Mud

If you just bought your blind and set it up outside in your back yard, then mix up a bucket of muddy water and throw it all over your blind and let it sit out for a week. This will eliminate the plastic smell and take away any sheen the blind may have. In cases where you are close to living quarters, invest in game attractants and scent removal products. The animals in the wild have terrific senses of smell and can detect a humans deoderant from a long way off.

This basic set-up will at least get you within a decent range of your target, the rest is up to you and your hunter's instincts.