For the hunter who doesn’t mind sitting for hours on end, ground blind hunting can be the ultimate in concealment and versatility.
Blind ground hunting is perfect for applications such as big game or turkey hunting, bow hunting, bull elk ambushes during the rut, and most importantly waterfowl hunting (although this situation is a little different from the others). It is an extremely effective and deadly method. And if you have restless kids with you, they can save the hunt for you.
Ameristep, Primos Hunting, Barronett Blinds and Rhino Blinds all make spacious luxury shades in addition to smaller portable retractable shades to fit any occasion. As such, there are virtually no restrictions on whether you want to use a ground blind to hunt with a crossbow, rifle, or archery gear.
Ground blinds, sometimes called “grounders”, have simply become an essential part of hunting equipment. Here are some tips and tricks to remember when using a floor awning for hunting.
Match the camouflage pattern to your area
Matching the ground blind camouflage pattern to the surrounding habitat will help you blend in with the whole. Depending on the type of hunting you practice, this will be more important in some cases. And of course the colors of the habitat change with the seasons, so think about what time of year you will be using it.
If you’re an archery hunter chasing a mature male, for example, you’ll be close to the action. The mixture will be more important in this scenario. If you’re rifling from a distance, less stealthy ground shades, or even box shades with no camouflage at all, seem to work just fine.
All the same, poor camouflage can certainly hurt your chances of success. Whether it’s Realtree Edge, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, or one of the many others to choose from, try to get the match as close as possible to where you will be hunting.
Brush it out for maximum concealment
Sometimes you can get by without brushing in a floor shade. It depends on what you are hunting and how wary these animals are.
Bow hunters constantly hunt for antelope over waterholes in states like Wyoming and Utah. In open countryside, there is no brush to brush in a floor awning!
Turkeys don’t seem to mind a newly erected retractable shade until they notice some shady movements inside. Likewise, sometimes the elk barely peeked when they found themselves within 20 yards of a blind I was sitting in.
However, brushing your blind can add so much change that a suspicious creature might notice it and never drift near your firing port. Hunters in deer blinds found in areas of high pressure suffer from this fate season after season. Play smart and don’t brush an awning on the floor so badly that it’s harmful.
Wear dark clothing while hunting blind on the ground
Most floor shade interiors are black to reduce visibility, reduce shadows, and block other quirks that can grab a career’s attention.
If you wear camo on a black background, you will “pop” and not in a good way! You want to blend in with the ensemble by matching the interior of the awning. This means wearing a black shirt, mask or head covering, and gloves.
Install the floor blind in advance
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As with trees, it can be difficult to blind your land before the hunting season on public lands. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes people think that whatever isn’t fixed is theirs.
When you are able to put a retractable shade in advance, you should do so. Of course, this gives the game a chance to get used to it, but there is another reason. Doing so will not alert all animals within a half mile radius on opening day.
There is nothing calm about putting up an awning on the floor at 5 a.m. You’re already disturbing on your approach hike, and just stepping into the thing can be loud and awkward. Time should be given after entering indoors to allow the area to “settle in” before sunrise.
Installation in high traffic areas
The preseason spotting with hunting cameras should have given you a good idea of the animal traffic passing through your target area. If you are hunting deer with a bow, identify a food patch, food source, game trails leading to sleeping areas, or an area where several game trails converge.
Install the awning on the ground within 20 or 30 meters of a game trail intersection, but not directly on the game trails themselves. A retractable shade will help your scent blow into the landscape, but you still need to be careful with the wind.
Sit downwind of the expected direction, or choose to chase the time of day that will put the wind in your favor for that location. Back out if necessary and come back later when the wind is good.
Last minute take-out for blind ground hunting
A ground awning, like any other hunting equipment, is not perfect. You must always pay attention to movements inside the awning.
Unless it’s a bombproof awning, they also tend to leak in continuous rain if you don’t treat the seams and seams.
Even so, a floor shade for deer hunting season or turkey season can give you a deadly advantage. If you’ve never hunted with this method before, this is the season to try it out. Having a close and personal animal at ground level will make you a believer!
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