Double Bull T5 Blind Review

Here’s my T5 setup at the edge of a field during my recent turkey hunt in Wisconsin.
I’ll give you my first impression: No instructions needed. Simple and effective.

The guys at Double Bull aren’t kidding when they claim you can set up their blinds and take them down in a matter of seconds, and do so easily.

The T5 blind performs like a charm and with a full 5’7" in height and 5’x5’ in floor space (6’4" inside shooting diameter), it allows plenty of room to draw a bow or move into position at any of the eight shooting ports, even with an additional person in the blind. It’s also ideal for wildlife photography, and can easily conceal up to two photographers with tripods.There’s an abundance of shooting and viewing windows (12 in all, with 2 shooting ports and 1 netted viewing window on each side), no Velcro or zippers on the windows to alarm approaching animals, an optional large rooftop opening for use on waterfowl hunts, very quiet, water resistant poly/cotton blend fabric and durable fiberglass support poles. A huge feature that I quickly noticed was the lack of any thin, transparent walls. All Double Bull blind interiors are lined in black fabric, concealing all movement within the blind. Shoot-through netting is also available for use on the T5’s shooting ports if ahunter wants to use the blind for whitetail hunting. Their research has shown that while the "black holes" created by the shooting ports won’t scare turkeys, it may alarm deer.

Here’s the inside of the T5 blind. I took the photo from behind my bow, with an arrow nocked, in its bow stand. (As I stated-there’s plenty of room to move around) The oval vertical window is one of eight shooting ports; the horizontal window is a netted viewing window.
I’ll be honest – my husband and I had discussed getting a Double Bullin the past and thought they were expensive, so several years ago we bought a cheaper blind. My review? It’s noisy and thin, shapes and movement inside can be easily detected from the outside, and as such we rarely used it. The thin, nylon material used on the cheaper blind was lighter in weight, but shined and reflected sun on a bright day. Regardless of the weight, a blind’s no good if it scares away animals! In addition, we found the take-down and folding up process extremely frustrating at times. From day one, you will never have difficulty setting up or taking down the Double Bull blinds, in fact I’d bet after playing with your new blind you won’t have any trouble after the first time you set it up – it’s that simple and easy to use.

Double Bull uses the "Predator" camouflage design on all their blinds, a large pattern that really breaks up the blinds outline in various terrains.

Still new to, and experimenting, with blind hunting, I was eager to use the T5 in the field this spring in my attempts to shoot my first turkey with my bow. I used the T5 both in Kansas and Wisconsin, two very different landscapes, and found it effective in both settings. High winds of 30-40 mph and 100-degree heat kept me from succeeding with my bow in Kansas, however in Wisconsin the T5 blind enabled me to have several close encounters with jakes, hens and even deer. I just wasn’t fortunate to get a clear shot with my bow this year.My blind also kept me warm and completely dry as I encounteredseveral days of rain and cooler temperatures. It made for a nice haven during the inclement weather and increased my time spent afield.

Double Bull blinds are pricier, but with the quality you get in return, they are well worth the cost. I consider it a life-long hunting investment, and with lifetime warranties on all internal framework and a considerate and easy-going customer service, you can’t go wrong.

The craftsmanship and attention to design features created by hunters, for hunters, are obvious upon set-up. I give Double Bull a double thumbs-up. Use Double Bull and you’ll see how the quietness, concealment and ease of set-up and take-down will make a huge difference on your hunts.

 


Look closely and you can see a deer directly outside the shooting port of my T5 blind.
Here I have my Double Bull T5 blind positioned at the end of a ridge withsome decoys in a clearing. At this spot, I had two jakes 20 yards away on the ridge, but couldn’t get a clear shot at either one of them before they moved further away