Duck blinds vary greatly in size, available features, and different designs. Basically, any duck blind works while hunting, so the differences are more about hunter comfort than anything else. Fancy blinds work well, but it’s important to remember that a duck blind doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate to serve its purpose. Below, we’ll go over materials needed and instructions for building a simple duck blind.
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Gather Building Materials
You might be tempted to run to the hardware store as soon as you want to build a blind. But, you probably don’t need to. Or at least, you won’t need to run to the store to buy all of the building supplies. You’re not building the blind to meet strict codes or even last for an extremely long time.
So, a simple structure is good enough. Look around the barn, garage, and shed, and you’ll likely find materials that will work. Since they were laying around the property anyways, it won’t cost you much. If you have to run to the store to get nails or wire maybe, it won’t cost very much and you’ll be able to start building right away. We're not the only ones that think it's great to build your own duck blinds.
Materials Needed to Build a Duck Blind
- Fencing Wire
- Framing Nails
- Cable Tie
Simple list, right? You probably have most of the items on the list in your garage. But don't worry all of the materials listed are pretty cheap. You’ll also need several tools. Again, you probably have these building tools in your shed or garage as well.
Required Tools to Build a Duck Blind
How to Choose a Good Location for a Duck Blind?
Nobody wants to live in a bad neighborhood. Just like families buying their first home, hunters need to think about the real estate that’s available for building a duck blind. It’s important to remember the location of the blind is critical to success. Location, location, location.
The only way to choose the perfect spot for a hunting blind is to do a bit of scouting. You’ll want to look for areas where Mallards have been seen. Before you start to build think about prevailing winds, where the sun is in relationship to the blind, and any other factors you think will affect your hunting trips.
Drive the wood into the mud. If you’re having a hard time getting the wood into the ground, you should sharpen the ends of the wood with an a. All wood should be driven into the ground in a straight line. Wood should be spaced about 4’ apart. The perfect blind is about 8’ long and 4’ wide. If you space wood posts every 4’ apart, you should end up with a six-post rectangle.
Use the chainsaw to level off all the wooden posts. Each post should be about 4’ tall after you even them out. Next, pick up the fence wire. Stretch the wire between posts and nail it as you go. Remember to leave one entry/exit space. The wire is used to strengthen the blind by connecting all of the posts together.
Conceal the blind with natural resources. Are there bushy, oak trees nearby? If so, cut some down and stand them up next to the blind. The bushes should conceal the posts and wire. Use the cable ties to secure the bushes to the blind’s posts.
It’s important to add small trees to the front and back of the blind. Lastly, intermesh some trees, leaves, and branches over the top of the blind. By adding bushes and trees to the entire structure, you’re creating cover as well as providing overhead cover for shooting stations.
Remember that Plywood we said you needed. You’re ready to add that to the blind as a makeshift floor. If needed, cut the plywood in half. Lay the plywood on the floor and walk on it to push it into the mud.
It’s important to add a floor to your duck blind, so you stools and boots don’t sink in the mud. Everything’s muddy when you’re hunting ducks, so anything you can do to stabilize your shooting area is a bonus. Of course, you should still wear insulated rubber boots to ward off wet feet that will make you uncomfortable.
Creating Storage in Your Duck Blind
You’ll probably need some storage in your duck blind. If you leave your bags on the plywood floor, it’s probably going to get wet. One way to keep your stuff dry and create a bit of storage in the blind is to dry big nails into the wooden posts. Make sure you drive the nails into the posts hard enough to hold small bags with shells, binoculars, or other accessories.
With a duck blind setup like the one talked about above, you should be able to hunt anywhere you’d like. Remember to wear full camo, stay still, and keep your eyes peeled for Mallards.
With this setup, we were able to hunt exactly where the ducks wanted to work. By wearing full camo and keeping still in the shadows of the oak branches, we were hidden from their overhead searching eyes. For two weeks – until the water finally came up to float our big blind - we enjoyed some wonderful shooting in this setup. After a couple of swings, most ducks were convinced all was safe, and they fell right into the spread.
A temporary built duck blind might not offer all the bells and whistles of more lavish brands on the market, but it does provide you with exactly what you need. After all, the only thing you really need to create a duck blind is camo and coverage. With both of these things, you and your buddies will be knocking down ducks in no time. The best part is if something happens to your blind, you can simply build another one in just a few short hours.
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