When hunting deer, sometimes you just have to remain hidden and let the deer come to your way. Deer blinds keep you undetected and contain your scent. How many times have you been caught off guard by a deer appearing suddenly? This is a frustrating experience where any movement alerts the deer. Having a deer blind eliminates the chances you will trigger the senses of the deer greatly improving your odds of a perfect kill.
A blind is a favorite for most deer hunters and learning to make one is highly recommended. However, you must plan everything from the beginning if you expect professional results. Carpentry skills are a must if your blind is to be sturdy to support your weight and those of other hunters in your company. Space must also be comfortable and large enough to accommodate your rifle.
For those fanatics of compounds bows, you must ensure there is enough room to draw your bow. You need to be comfortable in the room to have an accurate shot on your deer. Remember a blind is a simple structure that any person with simple carpentry skills can build. Wood materials can be found from scrap, but the framing wood must be bought to ensure the stability of the blind.
How to Build a Deer Blind?
The location where you set you blind is the first thing to know before starting the construction. Do some pre-season scouting on the deer’s bedding and feeding areas to make informed decisions on where to build your blind. The location is very necessary as blinds limit your area of sight much more than tree stands. You can learn more about tree stand by checking the tree stand reviews.
However, if a truck can access the location, then consider building a blind at home and transporting it there. This way, you can work comfortably and have easy access to materials. Do not choose a location based on previous observations. Conditions change and deer change routes based on factors like predators, drought, seasonal events, weather and crop rotation.
Setting up a Strong Foundation
The foundation is a pretty simple process but one you must set properly to avoid the whole thing falling on your head after a few years. Use 4X4 to support the stand. You must elevate it some distance off the ground to keep bugs out and prevent the woods from becoming wet and rotting easily.
Cut the four by fours and have them lay out with 6-inches out on both sides of the floor. Cut the boards and put down the frame foundation using some plywood. Nail the floor frame together before adding the plywood.
Framing it up
The framing process is quite simple but do not be afraid to ask for help from a friend. The framing requires you to match 2x4 frames. The width of your framing will be guided by the foundation floor you set up earlier.
You can buy some steel brackets that have been drilled to guide you with the framing. A rectangular design which is the most popular will need some reinforcement on the longer sides. A two by four running all the way to the top will be able to offer enough support.
When the framing is over, you must build the door and windows for your carbon arrow or rifle. The door is usually the hardest part, but proper sizing will allow you to fit it with ease. Once the framing is done, we are halfway through with the hard tasks done.
Skinning the Blind
Before the skinning process, you must ensure you have marked the door and window openings to avoid covering the entire blind. The window ports must be placed on the three sides of the blind leaving out only the side with the door. This increases your chance of spotting a deer as you never know from which direction it might appear. Enough openings also make the hunting blind cool during the summer.
Cut particle boards or plywood to match the sides and nail them properly. Do not worry about decorating your blind just yet; this will comes when the doors and windows have been fixed. Galvanized steel can be used for the roof.
Make sure everything is airtight and if possible use some silicone to seal off holes in your lumbar.
The Doors and Windows
The actual entrance to the blind might pose some challenges, but hunters are people who never give up. Build your doors at home and make sure the size is properly measured to match with the opening of the door. Allow some space of about an eighth of an inch to cater for wood swelling as moisture and temperature changes.
If your door fits well, then you will just be required to attach your hinges. The hinges must be properly lubricated to avoid any noises when opening them. Next, fix the rifle ports to the existing skin with hinges and screws.
Camouflage is important when you plan to use your blind as a mobile pop-up. Deer will get used to the structure and associate it with a predator. You can spray your blind with earth tone paints to conceal it or use branches. Blend the blind with whatever natural vegetation around like grass, cattails, and brush. Fresh cut tree limbs are highly recommended as they help hide the smell of your blind.
It even gets better if the blind is rained on for some time to clear its smell. Let it stand outside in the sun and have the fabric heated. The more the blind stays out, the better it suits the natural environment out there.
You’re free to make advancements to your blind as you like without affecting its ability to conceal you. Be creative as much as you like to add more features that make the blind more stable and comfortable. Some of the things you can add include a carpet inside to retain the warmth and keep the sounds low.
If you love hunting in different spots, you might consider adding a utility trailer and a small building to replace the foundation. This way, you can wheel your blind around with easy.
We hope you gained some knowledge on how to build your deer from scratch. You can add a few things here and there, but in the end, a deer blind is a small structure with rifle ports that should conceal your identity in the wild. If you choose a proper location and have a sturdy blind that blends with the local environment; then your deer hunting will be made much easier.