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Clever Hay Bale Blind Will Fool Most Farm Deer


If you live in an agricultural state like Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, or Illinois, farmers' fields factor into your hunting exploits. So hunters found an effective way to hide in a hay bale blind long ago. Unfortunately, commercially-made hay bale blinds can be quite expensive. If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, you'll need to make your own. We think you'll love this clever hunter's solution.

Using a list of simple materials, he creates a great-looking blind that will likely fool the deer easily. It looks like a great winter project if you're stuck indoors due to excess snow.

The finished blind looks good and would probably be mistaken for the real McCoy by even humans at a distance. Using soil erosion straw materials to simulate the hay was a stroke of genius. It looks and probably smells like the real thing to deer. Changing it out with fresh material on the cheap every season would be easy, keeping up the illusion of a harmless hay bale.

The only other things we would add would be carpeting on the floor to muffle sounds and padded rests on the windows to rest a rifle or shotgun. You could add some see-through mesh material to mask movements further inside.


It appears this guy bought most of these materials new. Still, a resourceful hunter could build a similar hay bale blind from recycled materials. It will probably cut your costs if you scavenge some extra 2x4s or plywood from a construction site.

We dig the look of this blind. It's an innovative way to get up close and personal with deer on food plots, especially during those late-season hunts when the animals are wary!

This article was originally published on March 21, 2022.

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