Ground Blinds have become more popular over the last several years as more hunters are finding them to be a viable item to take game from.
I personally have been hunting from a ground blind for about nine years now and will continue to do so for countless more years. This makes me a bona fide “Blind Woman.” The reasons are many. The drawbacks are few.
Here are some essential tips from a “Blind Woman”:
Be sure to Practice from your ground blind before actually hunting from it. You’ll want to know if your weapon bumps into any of the walls and clears the window openings properly. Also, you’ll find out if you’re more comfortable shooting from a sitting position or a kneeling one.
Wear black. It’s the first rule when hunting from a ground blind if it’s black-backed. This includes wearing a black face mask and black gloves. You don’t want your bare skin to “shine” at incoming animals. Even in very hot weather, (like when antelope hunting) I’ll wear a long-sleeved black T-shirt. I’d rather be hot but unseen, than shiny and spook game away. If you don’t have a black face mask, use camo paint!
Kneepads (if you like to kneel like me) Foam kneepads can save your knees should you need to give your rear end a break. I prefer to shoot on my knees so these are a lifesaver! They can actually help keep you warmer in cold weather too. Mine were actually purchased from the garden section of a big home and garden store.
Enough times crouching your head low, and you may end up with a “crick” in your neck.
Bow Holder, if a bow happens to be your weapon of choice. This will keep your bow at the ready with arrow nocked when you need to quickly reach for your bow to make that fast-approaching shot.
Floor cloth. This is not necessary, but I personally always have one when I’m ground blind hunting. When laid down on the ground, it has covered up cow pies, cacti, thorny bushes, crunchy leaves, mud and snow, from ever getting on me. I just use a big square of fabric that’s easily folded up for transport. I store it in either my ground blind case or my stool’s pouch.
Remember to sit to the back. You are less likely to be seen than if you are right up close to the windows. Remember, you don’t WANT to be seen while you’re in the blind.
Scan before exiting if you should need to step out of your blind while the hunt is still on. Look out all windows. This is one I got busted by antelope bucks on TWICE. Of course they didn’t stick around after that miscue.
Don’t forget to stake down your ground blind in windy weather. Chasing after a wayward ground blind is NOT a part of the hunt plan. (Again, a lesson I’ve learned and don’t want to repeat again.) Most blinds have at least four rings to drive stakes through. Others also have tie-down straps for extra staying power.
If you plan on hunting a good share of the day, don’t forget to bring a urinal and some T.P. I really like the new SheWee personal feminine “urinating device.” It’s compact, comfortable, easy to clean and comes in it’s own zipper-locked bag. (Check out their website and find out more!)
The biggest drawback of hunting from a ground blind is, in my opinion, often not being able to see your game until it is already in your close vicinity. From a tree stand, you can generally see for greater distances. You’re view is a bit more limited in a ground blind. For this reason, you have to be ever vigilant in watching and listening, before your intended prey is at your window.
Generally, scent is not a problem, as much of it is contained inside your blind. Still, it’s probably greater on the ground than if you were up in a tree. Just be cognizant of that and always use scent-eliminating spray on your clothing.
Whitetails are the most “spookiest” of all game animals when it comes to a ground blind. They don’t like to happen upon one sitting in their woods. If it’s not completely hidden, they will spot it, do the head bob no doubt, then often leave the area quickly. If it is set out for them to see from a distance before happening upon it, they can get “used to it” from a distance. OR, if set out well ahead of hunting time, when they feel comfortable that it means them no harm, they’ll walk by. Whitetails can be killed from a ground blind though!
Are health reasons keeping you out of a tree? It did me for many years. I was physically unable (disabled) to climb a tree before and after my back surgery, so hunting from the ground fit the prescription nicely!
You can also curl up in your blind, should you feel it’s time to saw some logs. I have to admit; I’ve done this several times and feel better after doing it! (Try that up in a tree stand! NOT!!)
Shoot straight and shoot often.