Make the coming turkey season personal by building your own blind.
There’s no better time than now; this is your opportunity to use some time to plan for your best turkey season yet.
There are several different turkey blinds on the market today: shed blinds, folding blind with stakes, and tri-pod blinds to name a few. While there are pros and cons to all models, one thing you can do for yourself to meet your own personal preference is to build your own turkey blind.
There are a few things to keep in mind, however. Turkeys have great eyes, so no matter how well you build your blind, probably the single most important factor is remaining still and quiet during the hunt (with the exception of using your choice of calls).
Next, while you could foreseeably construct a blind that would keep you entirely hidden from a gobbler, before you plan to build your blind, remember, you want to be able to see the gobbler yourself—don’t make the mistake of limiting your visibility on a hunt.
Moreover, remember that you may want to be mobile in the woods during turkey season. Although you may have done excellent scouting and picked out the perfect spot, you may find that on the morning of the hunt, your bird is 200 yards away headed in the opposite direction. Don’t leave yourself exposed.
In order to stay camouflaged, maintain good visibility, and remain mobile, all you really need is a two-feet tall by three and a half to four-foot long burlap sheet covered in natural camo, and staked in the ground in front of you.
Here are a few simple and economical things you can use when building your own turkey blind:
- Three or four sturdy limbs roughly 24-inches long,
- Burlap sack
- A can of spray-glue
- Natural leaves and limbs from your very own hunting grounds
The first thing to do is to cut one side of the burlap sack, as well as the bottom, where you end up making a sheet out of the burlap. Next, determine your preferred height and width for the blind, and cut the burlap accordingly.
Then, once you have the appropriate-sized burlap sheet, lay the limbs along the burlap roughly 18-24 inches apart. When you have placed the limbs where you want them, cut small holes in the burlap along the same line as the limb every four-six inches (these small holes are for the zip ties, so do make them too small).
Once you have made the holes, use the zip-ties to secure the burlap to the limbs. Now that you have the foundation of the blind, it’s time to camouflage it. Ideally, you should use the naturally provided camouflage in your hunting woods—leaves, limbs, bark, and brush would do great.
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First, use the spray-glue to coat the burlap. Then, use whatever natural camo you want, stick it on the burlap, and you’ve built your very own self-designed turkey blind—all while remaining covered, mobile, and maintaining great visibility.
Just plant the limbs in the ground as stakes, and you can place it wherever you want. Better yet, roll your blind up for an easy carry to the next place you try to drop a big gobbler.
Good luck, and happy hunting.
What’s your perfect turkey blind? Leave your comments below.