Ground Blind Hunting 101 – Tips, Tricks, FAQs
- Carolina Pina
Ground blinds are a comfortable and efficient way of hunting, but you need to know a thing or two to raise your odds of success. Our tips and tactics are here for you to employ and make it a remarkable season with your best ground blind.
Ground Blind Hunting Tips
1. Find the perfect location
You must always stay cautious because deer possess a sharp sense of sight, smell, and hearing.
When hunting deer, you have two places to check out: the deer’s resting area and the food spot. Look for dense covers to set up for a more concealed and camouflaged look. However, don’t compromise on the vision through the window. Use a hay-bale blind if you’re in the open field.
For turkey hunting, set up the blind anywhere because they don’t have great senses.
2. Ground blind setup
Be vigilant about the blind’s setup. The door is the blind’s most noticeable part for deer. It should be well-concealed so you’re invisible when entering the blind. Keep in mind: if you’re seen or heard, the herd will run away.
Moreover, pay attention to the ground and window. Clean the ground well even if yours is an elevated one so you don’t step on any leaves or debris, which can alert the prey. Clear your windows to get the best view.
3. Bowhunting through ground blind
Make sure you have plenty of space to draw the bow back easily. Hiding your body, especially your hands and face, is tricky. Stand back from the window and try to be completely silent.
The window size should not be huge: a small opening will offer a better disguise. Don’t tackle your bow somewhere.
4. Rifle hunting through ground blind
Rifles give a longer shot and cover a lesser space when compared to the bow. So, a small blind can work as well. Don’t compromise on camouflaging; if you’re not concealed properly, then it’s just a camp.
Be cautious about:
- optic’s reflection,
- binoculars’ glares (if using) coming out from the lenses,
- glowing gun barrel.
You can fix these problems by staying away from the window. Try to stand back in the dark and lower your rifle scope.
5. Water and snow resistant
Most importantly, plan a solution for waterproofing the blind. Although there are some waterproof flaps available on the market, the best option is to use silicone spray.
Silicone spray is used on different materials, such as on doors to make them weather (rain and snow) resistant. It’s also used to make the blinds waterproof. This spray will provide a layer on the blind, so the water would slip off and not harm your blind sheet.
Scouting works as building blocks. It’s not a random guess; you need to find a suitable spot to set up the blind. Without it, you’ll end up empty-handed.
There are certain things to do when scouting deer: keeping an eye on the deer and locking all the feeding and bedding locations. This will help you find the best spot.
Avoid following your past experiences, because animals keep on changing their locations due to weather changes.
7. Brush-in a ground blind
Even though you can buy some camo tarp, you won’t be able to hide the blind’s shape properly. So, you need to brush in the blind for a more disguised look with nature.
Pick up a pair of pliers or hand pruners to cut and trim the leafy branches, limbs, and anything to enhance the natural look. Now, wrap the vegetation around the blind. Moreover, spread them out the blind to get a better landscape.
Most blinds hold their manufacturing smell. Even though some blinds come with an odor suppressor, the deer can still detect the smell.
Use branches and other vegetation to camouflage the blind with the landscape. To cover the smell, use fresh vegetation. If you use dead vegetation, make sure they still hold their natural scent. You can set up the blind some days before and leave it outside to absorb the natural scent. Furthermore, you can use scent elimination products.
9. Think like a prey
When looking for the right destination, try to get into the prey’s head to see the available options it has. A place with isolated food and waterholes is an ideal place for deer.
The location of your blind will be where food and water are available to the prey, compelling it to approach you. You could also use deer baits like deer calls or deer attractants. While scouting, if you find a waterhole with some deer roaming around, then set up your blind there. You’ll most likely see every one of the animals there.
10. Wind and Sun’s roles
Sunlight and wind direction play a huge role in concealing your movement. A whitetail deer is incredible at smelling and hearing.
No scent-eliminating spray can remove your natural scent completely. So, examine the wind direction, and pick the right place to avoid spooking the deer.
The whitetail can easily see the sunlight that hits your face. Therefore, pick the sides for morning and evening or build two blinds: one for the morning and one for the evening.
11. Restricted movement
Don’t set your angles or scope at a particular spot, because that will restrict your horizon and make you lose your target in seconds with a single shooting lane. As you know, it takes time to lock the target, with field judgment and positioning the weapon.
Find a place where you can see the deer’s movements at different ranges and levels. This will give you a perfect shot with different shooting lanes and more time to lock the target.
12. Comfort zone
Slow and steady wins the race. It’s a long job, so make yourself comfortable. Don’t wait by the window all the time. Get a comfortable blind chair to sit. Have a sleeping bag to rest in there too. If you take rest and get fresh, you’ll have a better chance to fill the bag.
You might face harsh weather conditions. So, prepare yourself for that as well. You can take snacks and mobile phones with you as well.
13. Patterning the deer
You are supposed to pattern the whitetail deer before it predicts the human presence. This could change its whole routine and pattern if it senses any death threats.
Try installing the blind at least a week earlier to get rid of the materials’ smell and absorb the natural smell. This will become a friendly sight for the deer so it won’t suspect any danger. Use black clothes or camo clothes for concealing you properly in the blind.
14. Right wind direction
Finding the right wind direction is extremely important.
One reason is that the wind can bring a slight change in your bullet or arrow direction. This minor change can make you miss the target. For the rifle, use a modified scope to help you be more precise about the bullet travel.
Secondly, the wind can take your or the blind’s scent to the deer, causing it to flee. Hence, waiting for the right wind is vital instead of wasting your time.
15. Installing a blind after proper scouting
Clearly, ground blinds are not a choice when you’re scouting. However, once you’re done scouting and knowing all the visiting spots of the prey, you’re ready to set up a ground blind.
At this moment, the blind will help you conceal yourself. A brushed-in ground blind will provide the best place to hide your movement and your smell as well. With this blind, even the whitetail deer won’t have any clue about you.
Find out about the bedding and feeding spot of the deer and set up near those areas. If the worst happens and you don’t find anything for days, you should move from the place and follow their route.
These ground blinds are portable and easy-to–move. You can detach your blind in no time, fill in your bag, and easily install it somewhere else. Due to their portability, they’re a great deer hunting tool.
We believe our tips will greatly help increase your chances of success when out in the wild. Find a good spot, set up your bind, and wait patiently for that clean, humane shot.
1. Can deer see you in a ground blind?
Ans. Yes and No! At a close distance, it can see you when you make small movements. And no, when you make a calculated movement. So, stand back in the blind to avoid giving any perceptive glimpse of yours, or your weapon.
2. Will a ground blind scare deer?
Ans. Unfortunately, yes. It can scare off the deer, but you can avoid this by wrapping the camo tarp with vegetation. To avoid its smell, use cedar woods or some smell-eliminator around the blind.
3. Do ground blinds control scent?
Ans. Normally, ground blinds don’t control scent. There are two ways to eliminate that smell:
- Wrap vegetation around the blind and keep it there for some weeks.
- Use odor-suppressor spray.
4. Should you wear black in a ground blind?
Ans. Ground blinds need to be dark inside. So, it’s good that you put on dark clothing to mix with that habitat. What’s even better is to wear camo clothes and makeup.
5. Do ground blinds spook deer?
Ans. Yes. If you don’t conceal yourself or your blind properly, you can easily spook the deer because they have a great sense of smell and sight. Keep this in mind when making a ground blind yourself.