How To Make A Ground Blind For Whitetail Deer Hunting
If you ever built a fort in the woods with your brothers, building a ground blind for whitetail deer hunting is in your wheelhouse. Sure, you could buy a ground blind, but why would you when you can build one with what you already have on hand. Making a ground blind yourself means you’ll have less to carry in when you hit the woods to hunt and often times, deer don’t notice a natural ground blind and even better can’t smell anything suspicious because it’s made out of items already in the area. Below, we’ll go over several ways to make a ground blind for whitetail deer hunting.
Use What’s Available in Your Area To Construct Your Hunting Blind
When you’re going to build a ground blind, the first thing you have to think about it is what’s available in your area. Are you hunting in a field, near a creek, or somewhere else. Take a minute while scouting your area and decide where a great ground blind would be. Then look a second look and see what materials can be used in the area. For instance, is there fallen timber, hay bales, branches, natural vegetation, cattails, or even tall grass. If so, you’re all set.
Remember to make sure you use items that are common to your area. If something seems out of place in your natural ground blind, deer are sure to take notice. Even if the blind simply sticks out too much, it could be a bit too much and send the deer running for the hills. But, if you set up the blind and then let it set for a few days, you’ll probably have a better chance of blending in better.
Natural Vegetation Ground Blind
Here’s where you have to think back to your childhood years building forts in the woods. Look at everything you have available and start planning a ground blind built with natural vegetation and resources. If there are branches on the ground or sticks lying around, pick them up and start building your base. It’s important to remember you’ll have to be able to sit comfortable in the blind, so keep that in mind when you start building.
If you don’t have branches big enough to build a suitable blind and you own your property, feel free to cut some branches that will work. The best place to cut from first are your shooting lanes or where you expect to be seeing the deer enter the area. If you don’t own the property but have permission to hunt the area – make sure you seek additional permission to prune some trees before you start chopping wood.
After you’ve built the frame of the blind, it’s time to start making it blend in to the environment. Lots of things can be used to do this including rocks, large and small tree branches and pines boughs, piles of leaves, cattails, dead grass and bushes. It’s best to start this project at least a few days before you’re going to actually use it for hunting. The great thing about this type of structure is that once it’s built you can use it time and time again. If needed, use a bit of twine and jute to help hold the structure together.
Hay Bale Hunting Blind
During hunting season and several other times of year, you can look towards a field and probably see a ton of hay bales. Round hay bales and square hay bales are common sites in fields and at farms. What this means is that whitetail deer often pay little attention to hay because they are use to seeing it in the fields they often visit to feed.
This is good news for hunters because it means hay bales are great resources to use for DIY ground blinds. Even better, you don’t need a ton of extra tools or items to make a hay bale blind. Instead, stack the bales high enough to allow you to sit comfortable in the blind. Next, use more hay bales to close the blind in. You can be as creative or simple as you like during this process.
Because hay is available every year, this is a blind that can be repeated time and time again. Deer will likely pass very closely to the blind and never even think twice about it.
Camo Curtain Hunting Blind
If you’re in an area that makes it nearly impossible to place a treestand and there simply isn’t enough room for a store bought ground blind, you’ll be glad to know you can probably get away with a camo curtain. There’s many ways to create a camo curtain, but the best way is to use PVC pipe and camouflage cloth.
Build a PVC curtain frame and add a sturdy legs and feet to it. If you really want to get fancy, you can drill holes and nail the cloth to the PVC pipe. If you’re hurting for time, you can simply throw the cloth over the PVC frame. However, if it’s rainy, windy, or you’re prone to moving a ton, simply throwing a cloth over the frame is probably not a good idea.
Now we’ve given you three ways to build up your own ground build. When building a ground blind to use while hunting, you need to consider how much space you need in the ground blind. The last thing you want to do is get to your blind on the day you want to start hunting and not have room for your stool, hunting packs, body, and weapon. In fact, when you’re building the blind, it’s probably best to do overestimate how much room you need rather than underestimate. While you shouldn’t have any issues using a ground blind anywhere including public or private properties, it’s always important to double check your regulations before you start building any type of structure. Regulations vary greatly from state to state and it’s impossible for anyone to be an expert about all regulations.
Save money and broaden your hunting horizons by learning how to build ground blinds. Not only does this put more money in your wallet, but it also gives you an opportunity to be more creative. By building your hiding spots, you’re enabling yourself to become one with nature. Blend into the nature environment and you’ll be more likely to bag a deer that never saw you or smelled you.
What is your favorite type of hunting blind to use for whitetail deer? Let us know in the comments below!
This has been a collaborative post between JJ Johnson the author of RealitySurvival.Com and Brandon Cox is the founder of StayHunting. Brandon is passionate about all things of hunting and fitness. Through his hunting website, he would like to share tips & tricks, finest tech that will excite all of the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.