A hunting blind is a permanent or semi-permanent structure used for hunting medium to big game. While its primary purpose is to conceal the hunter from his quarry, some hunting blinds may also provide a limited level of shelter from the elements. Mobile hunting blinds have the added ability to be easily moved from one location to the next.
Traditionally, a hunting blind has been anything that conceals a hunter from his quarry. Artificial hunting blinds have an advantage over natural ones in that they allow the hunter more control over where the blind is located. Mobile hunting blinds heighten this advantage, since they allow the hunter to move the blind to different hunting sites based on the location of the game. A mobile hunting blind should be easy to move while still providing adequate concealment to the hunter.
Pop-up Hunting Blind
Pop-up hunting blinds are the cheapest and lightest type of mobile blind. With an average weight of six to 25 pounds and an assembly time of under five minutes, they are an easy, inexpensive option for hunters. Since pop-up hunting blinds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is important to consider your needs before selecting one. You will need a blind that gives you room for the use of your hunting equipment (such as a rifle or bow), as well as accommodating additional hunters. Pop-up blinds are usually available at sporting goods supply stores.
Significantly heavier and more expensive than pop-up blinds are trailer-mounted blinds. These are still portable, but are permanently attached to a trailer and require the use of a truck or ATV to move into position. More permanent and durable than pop-up blinds, trailer-mounted blinds offer significantly more protection from the elements and are as a general rule large enough to accommodate multiple hunters. When unhitched from the towing vehicle, they are often supported by a number of cinder blocks or hydraulic jacks. Trailer-mounted hunting blinds can be purchased from a number of manufacturers, or built yourself.
The vehicle-mounted blind is by far the most expensive form of mobile hunting blind. It consists of an elevated hunting blind built onto the frame of a vehicle, such as a truck, jeep or large ATV. The primary advantage of this type of blind is its convenience. Since the blind itself is attached to the vehicle, it is easier to move into position than a trailer-mounted blind, but offers a similar level of comfort when compared to the pop-up blind. This type of hunting blind also provides higher levels of elevation than other mobile blind solutions.
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