How learn how to build bow hunting blinds? There are all sorts of blinds but bow hunting blinds have particular needs since you have to be able to use a bow inside of one which requires more movement inside. A lot of the design will depend upon the hunting laws in your particular area. Deer know their areas and large blinds will upset their area for a time so this article will concern itself with small, unobtrusive blinds which follow local laws.
Items needed to build bow hunting blinds:
- Camo netting
- Dead limbs and branches
- Staple gun
- Nylon cord
The process of building a bow hunting blind will go something like this:
- Check local laws. Most states have very specific laws regarding blind makeup. The DNR website for your state is a good resource.
- Determine blind type. Using the laws, determine your blind type. If you can only use natural materials, a small box blind will be best. If you can use manmade items, a nice portable net blind will be a good choice. Also, important to note are design needs for the use of a bow. Bows are hard to shoot well from sitting on the ground and the process of standing up makes a lot of noticeable movement so an elevated seat may be desirable. This will make both types of blinds to be designed taller.
- Make your preparations. If you can use manmade materials, buy the netting, staples and wood for stakes that you may need. If you can only use natural stuff, go out and look for suitable material. Long limbs, dead falls with any leaves attached and small downed tree trunks make excellent materials. Try to make sure it is pest free so you do not have to deal with that.
- Make your blind. Decide how you are going to sit. An elevated seat is best for bow hunters. Seated height can be important too. Archers often have to stand for a shot so take this into consideration for blind height. Remove the debris from inside the area you will build on, you do not want to step on and break a stick. Size is important, too. You will need the room to move and draw the bow in any direction which you may shoot from. If using natural materials, pile the dead fall materials in a square high enough to hide your movements when seated. If you can use netting, pound your stakes in along the perimeter of your desired area. Use the staple gun to attach the netting. In either case, make sure it is high enough, but not so high you cannot shoot over it while sitting or standing.
That is how you make a bow hunting blind. It is very similar in many ways to a rifle blind but must be larger to accommodate the movements of the archer. Plan these movements and needs into the design of your blind and you will end up with a better end product. Good luck hunting.