Homemade Shooting Blinds

by Richard Rohlin
A hunter with his dog.

A hunter with his dog.

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A hunting blind is a natural or artificial obstruction designed to conceal hunters from their prey. A blind can be anything from a series of dense bushes to a wooden enclosure with a roof and windows. Many hunters use homemade blinds of a variety of designs. Homemade blinds have the advantage of being able to be custom-designed to the hunter's specific needs. One of the easiest and most economical designs requires only a few materials and can be assembled within a few minutes.

Items you will need

  • 20 feet of camouflage fabric
  • 5-inch stakes
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Tree branches
  • Mallet
Step 1

Select your hunting spot in a place that will give you a good view of the area you expect to see your prey. This should be based on a number of factors, including wind direction (you should position your blind downwind if where you expect to see the deer) and visibility. You should also determine the desired shape of your hunting blind. A blind in an L-shape will screen the hunter from two directions instead of just one.

Step 2

Insert the stakes into the ground at regular intervals, using the mallet if necessary. The width of the intervals will depend on the shape and size you have decided upon for your blind.

Step 3

Hang the camouflage cloth from the stakes and secure it using the staple gun.

Step 4

Place the tree branches around the edges of the cloth. This will prevent the cloth from blowing up in the wind and will also serve to make the hunting blind look more natural.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider stapling your fabric to four small trees (where possible) to increase the natural look of your hunting blind.
  • Loose leaves can also be thrown on the fabric to increase the camouflage potential.
  • Consult federal, local, and state regulations before engaging in any hunting activities and make sure that you comply with any licensing or season restrictions.

About the Author

As a business analyst, columnist and blogger, Richard Rohlin has had a variety of experience in different kinds of writing since 2007. Rohlin is published regularly in the "Fort Worth Examiner," where he writes informative articles on local hunting and shooting sports. Rohlin holds a B.A. in history and English from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.

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