Whether you shoot from the ground or from the trees, it all depends on which bowhunting blind you use.
There are a few different types of blinds to use when hunting.
Here are some types to think about when you are preparing for bowhunting season.
A ground blind is one of the most popular methods of blinds when it comes to hunting. It can be as basic as a natural blind built near trees, bushes, or logs; or something more man-man and specific like the portable camouflage cloth blinds.
When using a ground blind, always place it downwind or crosswind from where you think you may see your target. Make sure to clear the ground cover from the floor to minimize noise if you need to move around.
It is especially important to use camouflage face paint or covering camo attire such as a mask or gloves when in a ground blind.
You can set up a ground blind ahead of time so it is all ready when you get out into the woods. Ground blinds also provide effective cover so you have more time to prepare for the shot.
You are at ground level so your scent is easier for deer to pick up; any movement is eye-level to any deer that may be in front of you. Also, ground blinds limit your visibility and shooting lane.
A pit blind is a type of ground blind that consists of a shallow hole dug into the ground about knee-deep. It is usually surrounded by natural vegetation and camouflage cloth.
Before building a pit blind, check both state and local regulations as they are illegal in some areas. If you do build a pit blind to use when bowhunting, remember to always return the site to its natural state.
Since you are half-buried in the ground, you have a lower silhouette than being in a regular ground blind. You can construct a built-in ledge seat so you don’t have to cart around a bucket for a seat and also make your pit large enough to accommodate all your gear.
Pit blinds are prohibited in most state-owned areas; this is why it is a good idea to check the regulations in the area of where you will be hunting.
Once you have ensured that you can build a pit blind, picking the perfect spot to hunt is vital because this type of bowhunting blind is not portable.
An elevated stand is the most popular type of stand for bowhunting whitetail deer and black bears.
The most common type of elevated stand is a treestand; a temporary stand that sits in or against a tree.
Unlike a ground blind, an elevated blind permits a wider field of view, allowing you to spot your target sooner and have more time to plan for the shot. As you sit in the trees, you are above the vision of the deer, so your movement is slightly less noticeable as well as your scent.
There have been many injuries from hunters falling out of treestands. If you use one, be sure to use the safety harness provided. Some may be difficult to carry and when set up, there is no protection from the elements.
Judging distance in a treestand is a little more difficult than on the ground because of the angle, and that is one of the most important things when bowhunting.
Each one of these bowhunting blinds has its ups and downs. The best one to choose for your bowhunting experience is simply the one you prefer the most and the one you are most comfortable in.
Whichever type of bowhunting blind you choose to use, pick it out and get it set up so you are ready for the start of the season.