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Question by TheEasternShore.... Uploaded on November 17, 2010
I once built a box blind for deer hunting many years ago. I mounted it against a twin-trunk tree about eight feet off the ground, with the front end supported by wooden beams and the rear end attached to the tree trunks with long nails.
Over the years, the tree trunks expanded in diameter, and the nails sank deeper into the bark until the frame of my box blind was pushed off the nail heads, and the stand collapsed.
I didn't see that coming. Nobody was hurt.
Promise you won't laugh? Until a year or so ago, I would take regular shipping pallets, turn them on edge and tack together, saw out windows where I wanted, put something on top for a roof of sorts, and cover the whole thing with scrap carpeting followed by either rubber sheet roofing or black plastic. Another pallet inside with a scrap of carpet to keep you off the cold ground, you're out of the elements, quick, cheap, effective.
In some situations, ground blinds for deer make sense and work well. We have one on our huntng property, built with fallen timbers, and I plan on building a couple more in the next couple of weeks. I have a couple of stap-on tree seats, and plan simply to use stakes and burlap and brush to create a blind that can be easily moved and taken down at the end of the season. We've also built duck blinds -- 2x4s, plywood, some brush and you're in business. It helps that we have a couple of good carpenters in our group.
I've built a dozen or more box blinds for deer hunting. Mostly 4'X4'X6', but now that the grandkids are growing to the right age, the last couple have been big enough to be comfortable with a couple of occupants. I use 2"X2" framing (treated), 3/8 CDX plywood for the sides, 3/4 CDX plywood for the floor, a tin roof and a 4"X4" treated foundation. Built to last.
Hunting in a cornfield can be effective for ducks, and if you get permission from the landowner you can dig some holes. Thats what I used to do years ago, since then I have invested in layout blinds which are also good for geese.
Biult a few with wire fence covered it with black plastic & laid limbs with leaves all over it. Cut out shooting holes and a door after that.
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