This haybale blind looks great.
If you live in an agricultural state like Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, or Illinois, odds are farmer's fields come into play in your hunting exploits. Long ago, hunters figured out an effective way to get into bow or gun range in places like this was to hide out in a haybale. After all, they're large, they sit out in the open for long periods of time, and the deer do not see them as a threat.
Unfortunately, commercially-made haybale blinds can be quite expensive. If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, you'll be interested in what this clever hunter came up with.
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. That was a stroke of genius to use soil erosion straw materials to simulate the hay. It looks and probably smells like the real thing to deer. Plus, it would probably be easy to change it out with fresh material on the cheap every season, keeping up the illusion of a harmless haybale.
About the only other things we would add would be some carpeting on the floor to muffle sounds and some padded rests on the windows to rest a rifle or shotgun. You could probably add some see-through mesh material if you want to further mask movements inside.
It appears this guy bought most of these materials new, but a resourceful hunter could probably build something similar out of mostly recycled materials. If you can scavenge some extra 2x4s or plywood from a construction site, it would probably cut your costs considerably.
We dig the look of this blind. What a resourceful idea to get up close and personal with deer on food plots, especially during those late season hunts when the animals are wary!