If you need to find out how to choose a bird blind that will fit your needs and wants, here is some advice.
With bird hunting season underway in many parts of the country, choosing a bird blind can prove to be the determining factor between bagging a limit or leaving empty handed. A few key aspects to look for in a blind are mobility, concealment, ease and placement.
When out in the field, the last thing a hunter wants to worry about is lugging around heavy, cumbersome equipment. A blind should be lightweight and easy to fold and carry.
A layout blind is ideal for being in open, exposed fields. It differs from pit blinds in that it has the advantage of mobility. Layout blinds are also made from materials, like steel or aluminum, which do not overburden the carrier with weight.
A pit blind is stationary and requires a hunter to own the land or ask permission of the landowner before digging the trench. While these blinds conceal, they are not conducive to the birds’ movements and do not allow a hunter to pack up and move to a better location.
Concealment is essential when choosing a blind. Birds have the advantage, seeing the field or water from above with their impeccable eyesight, making hiding all the more difficult. Blinds come in all shades of camo, from waterfowl specific to moss to wheat to cornfields — all suitable for a variety of hunters’ needs.
Many of these blinds allow a shooter to weave in natural elements from the surrounding landscape with stubble straps, a sturdy plastic cable used to attach foliage. The more a hunter can add vegetation to a blind, the better. With every gust of wind and cast of a shadow, the shrubbery makes a person appear almost non-existent — just another part of the environment.
Layout blinds also live up to the name, allowing a hunter to comfortable lay on the ground with adequate cover. The barrel of the gun can also rest easily inside instead of sticking out without much exposure.
The placement of the blind is important, whether it’s a layout or a pit blind. Birds, particularly ducks, have been flying from the edge of Canada across the country, and they know there are hunters lurking about.
Use the sun as a blinder, particularly around ponds and marshes, because it can be a great advantage. Ideally, the sun should sit behind the blind so that it shines in the ducks eyes.
Birds like to land into the wind, so a blind should be placed against the wind.
A bird’s focus should remain on decoys, keeping them distracted from the hunter. Decoys should be placed about the hunting site, not in one location, so that the birds do not become skittish and suspicious of the blind mounds.
Overall, when choosing a blind, we think a layout out blind is ideal for most hunters. As long as it’s made of thick, waterproof material, there will be no issues protecting the hunter from the elements and the eyesight of the birds.
The right blind is sure to make the fun of the hunt that much more enjoyable, so do your homework and determine what’s best for you.
What type of blind do you use when bird hunting? Are there any tricks or tips we didn’t include? Share them in the comments.