Want to camouflage your deer stand? Here's a way to do it inexpensively and on your own.
The season is creeping up on us pretty fast, and if you haven't already, it's time to put the finishing touches on your deer stand. By now, you've likely scouted the perfect spot for a stand, spent time and money constructing it to your liking, and have set it up for "game time."
Here's a video from Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Adventures (uploaded by ambergassassin) to show you how easy it is to add camo to your stand. I hope this is useful to you. Good luck.
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Many hunters don't spend the time to camouflage their deer stands, and some do, but might just save time by using pre-camouflaged siding to build their stand.
You've already put the work into building it, so why not spend a little more time designing your own camouflage for it? It's easy, reasonably inexpensive, and is fairly quick to do. If your stand is made of wood (standard OSB for walls), then here's what you need:
- A standard stain and sealant to treat the wood and protect it from the weather. Choose a stain that has an earth tone--generally any shade of brown.
- Camouflage spray paint kit. You can usually find these at any hardware store or home improvement warehouse. Choose a kit that includes green, tan, brown, and black colors.
- Lastly, gather two or three leaves from the area where you are placing your stand. You will eventually use these as stencils to create a natural-looking camo pattern directly on your stand.
Now that you have all your materials, it's time to get started. Follow these steps:
- Cover all the wood portions of your stand with the stain and sealant. Again, this will help protect the stand from weather, increase the longevity of the stand, and also provide you with a nice color foundation.
- Use the camouflage spray paint kit to create your own camo pattern. This can be done in any way you want. You don't have to be a well-trained artist here, just mix and match the colors to your liking and lay a good color mix on top of your foundation.
- Lastly, use the leaves you gathered to create a natural camo pattern. Place the leaf directly onto the wood and use the camo spray paint to paint over the top of and around the leaf, using it as a stencil. This will leave an outline of the leaf on the wood, resulting in a natural pattern.
- Repeat this step as many times as you like, with as many leaves or brush as you want. This is your stand, so make it look exactly how you want it to look.