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Pop up Blinds any Recommendations

Posted: 5/18/2014 10:53 AM

Pop up Blinds any Recommendations 


My deer hunting is on the ground. Have been using a camo wrap for several years to build a blind to hunt from. Been very successful with it. Thing is if the weather changes I want something with a roof and something to cut the wind. Any suggestions. I have heard that the Primos double bulls are good and they don't spook the deer like some blinds do. That being said price is also a concern.
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Posted: 5/18/2014 12:13 PM

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Ameristep ground blinds tend to be much more economically priced and will do just as good of a job as the high priced models.

Deer tend to be much more aware of their surroundings than say turkeys. It helps to set up a ground blind for deer and leave it for several days or even a week or so before hunting out of it. It's also a good idea to use as much natural brush and concealment as possible when setting up the ground blind. I like to tuck 'em as close to a tree as possible and then using the loops made into the blind stick tree limbs on and around the blind to help blend it into the environment. I also spray the inside and outside of the blind with scent killer and since I hunt mainly in and around pines I'll pin some pine scented wafers from Hunter's Specialties inside the blind to add some cover scent.
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Posted: 5/18/2014 4:03 PM

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I have two hub type ground blinds ,A Ground Max, and they are great for bow hunting because they give you more then enough room and set up d come down easy. I had picked up- a couple of them dog houses at first but there isn't enough room in them for archery. They do work great for gun use though. Just remember when they say you can shoot through the screen they are talking about archery equipment. muzzle blast tends to leave a more hole in the screen then you want.
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Posted: 5/20/2014 8:41 AM

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I have been hunting from either a custom made ladder stand ( big platform as well as a quality ladder ) and ground blinds since 1983 when I was medically retired from the US Army. I would suggest you visit The Sportsmans Guide ( www.sportsmansguide.com ) as they have I believe the biggest selection of ground blinds and at every price range. I prefer the bigger ones as they offer plenty of room for both yourself and all your equipment as well as room to shoot comfortably. I would also suggest that you get one and then at least a month before season begins go ahead and set it up and I always use the surrounding brush off the ground to add to the camo effect. This gives the animals time to become accustomed to the " new " pile of brush.
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Posted: 6/19/2014 4:40 PM

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I have 2 years in an Ameristep. Works great. Easy up and Easy down.

RC
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Posted: 6/20/2014 11:27 AM

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I've had great luck with the Primos Double Bull Blinds as well as the ones from Ameristep. And this past spring I used a model from Browning for the first time, and it was great, too. Lots of super choices these days.

One bit of advice: Regardless of what brand you purchase, heavy snow can collapse a blind, so if you plan on leaving it up for periods of time when snow is a possibility, it's a good idea to rig up a reinforcement pole (think PVC) and place it in the center of the blind. You simply remove the pole when you hunt the blind, then put it back in place when you exit. Trust me: It's no fun arriving to hunt only to find your blind collapsed and having to fix several broken poles.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 1:59 PM

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Posted: 6/20/2014 3:00 PM

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first time i tried a pop up blind i had a very bad experience---i used my bow--had the light gathering pins on sight---sat in blind nice and comfy, deer came by at 18 yards---slam dunk right? wrong--could not see my pins--was too dark inside---any manufacturer listening?? how about a moon roof--? yes leave a back flap open also H H
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Posted: 6/21/2014 10:46 AM

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been hunting from blinds for while now, don't have to worry about falling from trees!!!!!!!!!! don't really think there is one better then another, depends how much want to spend. I'm not rich I don't spend so much on hunting equipment but make it work. my freezer gets filled just as much as the rich hunter, my hunts just are not so fancy as theirs but get same results have also used natural covers for blinds too, what ever makes you comfortable you should use, you don't have to spend a lot to get the same result .

      ron 1963.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 6:15 AM

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Are you setting up in one spot? Are are you hunting multiple locations? How many are going on the hunt? For me going out by myself and just picking different spots depending on wind direction . I take a ameristep dog house super fast setup and take down and easy to get in and out without making alot of noise. I do spray blind down with scent cover and brush it in a little. But during bow season you really need to practice in it because it is tight to draw inside without touching back wall. guns no problem. But I love to get up high so ground blind is just occasional depending on weather. And I forgot to mention doghouse is extremely small and great because I hunt totally in woods,not on field and finding right clearing area but not being on path which will spook deer if just setup.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 9:04 AM

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biggrin  Being disabled I am constantly trying new ways to hide and stay out of the elements if at all possible, wheelchair works better that way, so I use what ever type of pop up or blind I can get. I only add one thing, I always spray a water  repellent /proof type sealant on the roof of the blind before the season to stop any smell on it. This really does help keep the rain from dropping on your head drop by drop all season. Hope this idea helps. Good Hunting.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 12:28 PM

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While my recommendation is not "pop up" blind, it is a portable blind that you sit behind (not inside of).  I bought my daughter and I Ghost Blinds last year, and I really could not be more impressed.  The hunter behind it completely disappears, and it blends perfectly because it mirror the ground in front of it.  It is light and easy to backpack. 

I was afraid when I ordered it, that it may be a cheesy idea that i would have to sent back, but I now wish I had more of them.

Here is a picture from just ten yards. I had my daughter raise up and show her orange hat just so you could see where the blind is.  She sat in a folding chair behind the blind, and I sat in another folding chair behind her.

Good luck

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Posted: 8/10/2014 11:44 AM

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Uncle Mike's make a good dependable blind.  They have six windows, 9"X18".  The bad thing about them, though, is that the support rods do not collapse for backpacking, so if you hunt in some thick cover, getting the stand in and out can be a pain in the ass.  However, I've sat in rain and snow storms, and was dry as a bone.  Blind sets up literally in seconds.
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Posted: 8/24/2014 7:17 AM

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I have used an outhouse/hunter's tepee style for several years.  I hunt with traditional sidelock muzzle loaders and appreciate the extra height.  My first blind had a 58" x 58" footprint, that was a tad bit cramped.  My second blind has a 68" x 68"  base measure and is much more comfy.  I am no longer able to tramp all day but I can hike to my blind and sit through the day.  The pop up style allows for fast set up and take down and they weigh little.  I have had deer come closer than 25 yards quite often, some never left on their own power.  I got my first blind from Amazon, my second from Tractor Supply.  Both were less than $70, as with most things I operate on a shoe string budget.  I now use my original blind as an outhouse when camping.
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Posted: 8/26/2014 10:02 PM

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Highly suggest you DON'T buy the cheap ones... You definitely get what you pay for here. Have several cheapo's, and a couple mid-to-very expensive ones, and the quality difference is very noticeable, as well as the durability. Unfortunately, most seem to come with the 'blackened' interior, so unless you are wearing black, and face blackened, you stand out like a sore thumb through the windows from any distance!

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Posted: 8/29/2014 6:46 AM

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The Bash tripod/blind system is all I use for turkey and deer. Archery or gun. Compact, lightweight, multipurpose. Quality product made in the USA.
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Posted: 8/30/2014 6:32 PM

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I have had several ground blinds. I like Baronnett the best.
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Posted: 8/31/2014 10:55 AM

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I have been using ground blind for years and I always find new issues however there are some
basics when I set up on another property:
1. What are my colors I'm dealing with where the blind is going to be set up in. The dark green
Camo's don't always blend right, so you may have to buy from a different manufacturer.
2. I adapt some of the branches and weeds to the blind to break up more of the outlines of the
Tent. I found this reduces the time frame that the deer are scidderish around the tent, they will
Know something is new to their environment.
3. The purpose of the tent may be archery only or gun only or both. I have found that if using a rifle
Or hand gun I will sit in my chair with my tripod rest and rest the rifle on it and then slice the
Mesh in the shape of a cross so the muzzle will stick out of the tent while I'm sitting and waiting.
My chair is set for me so my tripod can be set to a exact height, so my rifle will be set to my
Liking.
4. The chair is probably the most important. If you are not comfortable, well you might as well go
Home, you will be moving all around, you won't be accurate. I find a chair is best, in case
I fall asleep, and a swivel is mandatory for me. The swivel gives me the smoothest movement
Going from left to right aiming, Especially when I have a bow in hand. It is the quietest also.
5. I have bought blinds where I could not pull my bow back without having my elbow pressuring
Against the tent. ( they became my gun blinds).
I hope this helps, good hunting!
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Posted: 9/4/2014 1:05 PM

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Is there a store around where you are that sets the different blinds up in the store? If so go look at them Squat if you have to, but hold your arms like you are at full draw, twist and turn around, you will see how much room the blind has. try different ones til you find one you like in the price range you like.
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Posted: 9/10/2014 8:11 PM

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I would have to agree with almost everyone. I have been using blinds for about 5 years now I have one that cost me $200 and the cheapest one cost me $40. The thing with blinds is getting them out in the woods about a month prior to you sitting in it that way the deer are accustomed to it being there then its all about sent control as far as which one goes its all up to you I have shot more deer from my $40 blind then my $200 one. Hope this helps.
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Posted: 9/11/2014 1:41 PM

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One more note regarding shoot-through windows: Most fixed-blade broadheads fly through these windows without altering accuracy, but some mechanical heads will open as they pass through the mesh, which can greatly affect their accuracy. the only way to know for sure is to test it. (I test by shooting through a back window of the blind; one that I'll cover with fabric during a bowhunt.

Bullets through the mesh is no problem, but my dad killed a turkey with a shotgun and had his 12 guage barrel only an inch from the mesh of my Double Bull Blind (he'd borrowed my blind) and the heat from the shot melted a dinnerplate-size hole in the mesh; not good!

It will take whitetails some time to get used to a pop-up blind, especially if you don't go with shoot-through mesh. When deer see the "black holes" of a pop-up blind, they immediately go on alert. In my experience, it takes them a few days to get calm around a blind with black-hole windows.

And yes, wear dark colors (black is best) inside the blind.

As for not being able to see your bowsite pins; sure, you'll lose some dusk time hunting in the blind compared to outside the blind, but topnotch fiber-optic pins (I prefer Montana Black Gold) will get you to about 20 minutes after sunset while bowhunting in a dark blind.
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Posted: 9/12/2014 11:19 AM

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Dave, I've heard of instances where guns being fired through the mesh have actually set the blinds on fire! I know when I had an Ameristep they specifically warned against shooting guns through the mesh.

To avoid the bad reaction to the black hole windows, brushing the blind in will help solve the problem. I have a permanent shooting house overlooking a food plot. I lined the inside with the same material I covered the outside with, and then hung some see through camo material over the window. I can slip my rifle through the window and then when a deer shows up, lift the material enough so that it doesn't interfere with the scope.
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Posted: 9/12/2014 5:20 PM

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If you wear glass's remember they reflect. Most of us are in our living rooms and other rooms of our homes every day.  So it is safe to say we know what is in them. We may not always realize what has been changed in one of those rooms, but subconsciously we will know something has changed. Put a blend up in my living room I am going to notice. Putting a blind up in a deers living room, they are going to notice. Until they get use to it they are going to watch it. Even after they get use to it, movement will get their attention, color change, camo to a black hole, with any thing looking like human silhouette even just the head, blacked out, camo or other wise is going to get their attention.  You have to break up the out line/silhouette as well. Bushing in well go a long way. Get somebody to stand out side at the distance where the deer will and have them tell you if they can see your out line, get them to sit in it while you look back then figure out how to break up that reflection and outline, know what the deer will see and adjust.
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Posted: 9/27/2014 10:49 AM

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http://www.sportsmansguide.com is presently having a Fall/Hunting gear sale and it includes all their ground blinds.
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