When hunting ducks or other waterfowl, having a good blind is one of the most important factors to success. However, what constitutes a good waterfowl blind varies from hunter to hunter. Some like concrete structures or small shacks that have a homey feel to them. Other hunters prefer a more rugged hunting experience, crouching amongst long marsh grasses and other environmental fixtures to conceal themselves and get that perfect shot. Whether you like to dig a temporary hole or build a permanent structure, there are a few qualities to look for in any blind that can help enhance your success as a hunter.
First of all, a good waterfowl blind will look like just another part of the landscape, not like a fancy new piece of construction. As a general rule, you should try to build or configure your blind while causing as little disruption to the surrounding environment as possible. Don’t cut down trees or tear up bushes for the purpose of building your blind; rather, try to find a way to incorporate those natural features as a means of better concealing yourself from birds.
Occasionally, you will have to clear out obstacles that obscure your sight and shooting lines. If this is the case, use grass or branches you remove to decorate your blind and make it look as natural as possible. When you look at your blind from a distance, it should look inconspicuous, so much that you may not even have noticed it if you didn’t already know it was there. This natural aesthetic can be achieved in a variety of ways, from branches, grass, and mud to camouflage covers, but you should make sure it has been achieved before you set up camp.
One of the benefits of a temporary blind is that you can tear it down and rebuild it in a different spot if you aren’t having any luck. If you do decide to build a permanent – and likely, more comfortable – structure, you need to make sure the location is perfect. This may mean moving around a temporary blind during one hunting season to choose a permanent blind spot for the next year. Once you do decide to build a permanent blind however, the main goal remains the same: don’t be too conspicuous. Some hunters love adding amenities to their permanent blinds, but it’s far more important to make sure you have the proper levels of camouflage and a nice, natural-looking shape.