No matter if you are a passionate hunter or a wildlife photographer, it’s always a problem when you want to go closer to the animals you want to shoot. This is why a good hunting blind, placed just in the right place, can make a huge difference and give you success.
As always, the market gives you all kinds of hunting blinds and tree stands to make your hunting easier, but if you don’t have the money (even though it’s a good investment, just so you know) or simply if you want to do things on your own, making your own hunting blind is the way to go. However, if you want to read more about off-the-shelf hunting blinds, this website is again a good start.
The easiest hunting blind to have
You can make a hunting blind from saplings and bushes as it’s inexpensive and quite versatile. You also need some baling wire, jute twine and you’re done in an hour. As it doesn’t smell as a new object and it blends easily, this kind of hunting blind is one thing to go.
It’s better to build this kind of blind at least two or three days before actually hunting as the blind would have time to blend into surroundings and the animals would get used to it. As a plus, you can always use the blind with your son as it’s easy and funny for them.
You don’t have to worry about the tools you need as they aren’t that many nor complicated. A pair of loppers, a brush blade, a pair of linesman’s pliers and some old clothesline wire. A machete, a hatchet, smaller snips might also become handy. If you don’t have wire, you can use jute twine, cotton cord or something that is strong enough and may be easily cut with pliers. Twine is the better choice though as it’s natural whereas it’s wise to remove wire when you leave the forest.
The next step is to cut the main supports and you should choose straight and clean saplings that are 1” or 2” thick. A bow hunter needs a blind that is at least 60” square on the inside and up to 60” tall. This should give you space for a chair and some gear items. You need to be able to move and actually draw your bow, without tangling.
Cut the saplings two to four inches longer than you actually need them. Six or seven saplings for the height you want and ten saplings for the width should be enough.
It seems the building of the first wall is the most challenging part. Build this wall on the side you most expect the hunt to appear. The first wall needs to be very sturdy. Start with a basic square with two upright saplings and two horizontal ones. Give the wall more strength with diagonal pieces of wire from corner to corner. For each joint use short lengths of wire twice and cross the saplings so that they go over each other an inch. You will need around ten inches of wire for each joint.
Now it’s time to build the other walls and the back wall is the best choice. After you build the square, add some more upright about 20 inches from one end as this will frame the entrance of your blind. Use horizontal supports and wire to attach this wall to the first one. Add some smaller saplings as horizontal runners on each side of the blind.
As your walls are sturdy, you now need to cover the sides of the blind with forked branches and to weave them into each side of the blind. If you are a bow hunter, you need to clear shooting lanes also. Take a step away from the blind from time to time to check how your blind fits in the surroundings.
You also need to pay attention to the interior of your hunting blind also so use loppers or snips to trim away any branches that go into the blind. Clean the ground space inside and get rid of any noisy leaves or limbs. Take a closer look at the vulnerable areas where an animal might be able to see through the cover and see you. As animals have a very strong senses and it only needs one sense (smell, sight or hearing) to make them gone!
Don’t forget to actually enjoy your hunting blind as it’s not only the result of your work, but also the place you’re going to spend some good hours at a time.
A well built hunting blind should last at least one season and you only might need some leaves to cover it from time to time. On a plus, if the location is great, you might even want to put there a commercial hunting blind, in the end!