A DIY hunting blind doesn’t have to be difficult.
When you’re hunting an area that doesn’t offer a chance to set up a nice ladder stand or let you use a convenient climbing stand, you have to get creative. people will tell you one of the best ways to hunt an area without trees or good cover is to use a store bought ground blind, but you could save your money and use what you have on hand to create a natural hunting blind.
This can be the best way to create a ground blind deer or other game won’t notice. You have an incredible advantage if you have the material available to create a blind out of the things readily available in your hunting area. It’s not rocket science, and it’s not going to produce what super optimistic hunters expect from a store bought, camo covered blind, but in some cases it can be a reliable and inexpensive way of getting it done come fall.
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If nothing else, it can help give you a few extra options in various places around your hunting area in addition to the blinds you spend money on, and and have alternatives if you so choose. Everybody knows you can stack branches, pile leaves and create a blind with natural vegetation, but these are a little more unorthodox. That doesn’t mean they’re difficult, they just aren’t the ones most hunters would think of first.
Check out the following creative ideas for building a natural blind in order to get a jump start on your next successful hunt.
If you hunt a field with large round or square bales of hay stacked where you can access them, then you have an incredible opportunity to create an outstanding ground blind. Deer that travel through a hay field regularly pay little attention to hay stacks or forgotten round bales. Hunters can use this to their advantage by creating a ground blind using hay.
All you have to do is move a few bales into a square area with a hollowed out middle and place a chair or stump inside. It’s really a perfect setup for hunting a hay field. Unlike a fabric covered ground blind, hay bale blinds are sturdier and provide better cover.
Brush piles are incredibly common after an area has been timbered or clear cut. If it’s your own property, well get to work. And if it’s private property that you’re allowed to hunt on, why not offer a rejuvenating tree trim and create the piles yourself? This can be an amazing tool for a hunter; deer generally get used to these brush piles, and they tend to disregard them as threats.
If you can create a tall brush pile located in a spot where you have good visibility, then using it as a ground blind can be a ticket to success on your next hunt. Brush piles work perfectly for cover as well as giving you the added benefit of easy access.
Creek Bed Washouts
Unlike the other suggestions mentioned above, creek bed washouts work in a different way. You aren’t trying to find cover that is high enough to hide a human being in a sitting position. All you’re doing if you set up in a creek bed washout is trying to find a place where you use the bank of the washout as a blind wall, as a sort of bunker.
The trick to using this kind of natural cover is to find the perfect spot where you are still able to see an area without being seen. A creek bed that overlooks a flat field would be ideal.
Using a rock outcropping can be one of the best ways to use natural cover to your advantage while hunting. Just be sure of what’s in the rocks before settling in, snakes or even large predators often use them as cover, too.
The biggest benefit of rock outcroppings is their location. Usually these formations are elevated and by using them as cover, you can gain increased visibility. By setting up at a higher elevation, you have a better chance of seeing before you are seen.
Use What You Have
The ideas listed above are only a few suggestions for what can be used as natural cover. The important thing to remember is that you can use what you have on hand, no matter how out of the box it may seem. Verify your state’s regulations regarding blinds, and get to work.
By using what you have on hand to create a natural blind, you not only save money but also eliminate the need to carry a stand into the woods or climb a questionable tree. If you find yourself in a situation where traditional stands or blinds don’t really work, take a look around.
You may have the perfect natural blind just waiting for you to find it.
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