How To Make A Deer Hunting Blind
How do you make a deer hunting blind? There are all sorts of blinds which can be made ranging from the two room shanty with heater and windows to the brush pile blind and everything in between. Anything goes on private property but one must follow local regulations when put on public lands. A lot of the design will depend upon the hunting laws in your particular area. Some states have very specific rules as to what is allowed, and this article will concern itself with blinds placed on public property. It will also concern itself with simple blinds, and not the complex buildings which are as much huts as blinds.
Items needed to make a deer blind:
- Dead fall materials
- Camo netting
- Staple gun
- Nylon cord
- Wood stakes
The process of making a deer blind will go something like this:
- Check local laws. Many states have different rules on blinds, so find out what the rules in your area are. The best place to do this is the state DNR site.
- Plan your blind. If your state does not allow man made materials you will need to make a blind from dead, natural material. In this case, a small blind of gathered wood is best, perhaps without an elevated seat. If manmade materials can be used, a nice portable netting blind would be ideal. Too large of a blind will upset the deer's environment and make them shy from the area; they know their areas well.
- Gather your materials. If you can use manmade materials, get some netting in a camouflage pattern. Next, make stakes to hold it up. If you can only use natural dead fall materials you will need to scrounge. A good wooded lot should provide you with a good supply of dry wood and limbs.
- Setup your blind. Make your seating area, add an elevated seat if you like or make a nice padded seat for the ground, and remove all debris from the inside of the blind area so you do not step on a stick at a crucial moment. Make the area large enough to stretch out your legs for comfort on those long days. If using dead fall materials, pile it around you to hide your movements inside. If you can use manmade materials, place your stakes out and pound them into the ground with a hammer. Use the staple gun to attach the netting to the corner stakes. Make sure it is high enough to hide you but not so high you cannot see.
That is how to make a basic deer blind. They can be as simple or as complex as one wishes, but remember, deer know their territory and the more you intrude upon it the more it will affect them. The effectiveness of all deer blinds is like any real estate: location, location, location. Find the deer and place your blind there, and you will find success. Good luck, and good hunting.