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Is it possible to make a deer blind too comfortable? I was talking to a guy about deer hunting and showed me pictures of his "stand". It was a custom built box stand on stilts but it was insulated had sliding windows, a chair that spun 360 degrees and he had heaters in all four corners. He could sleep in it if he wanted. For me this takes away the part of the hunt where I'm competing against elements, any thoughts?

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

You described my deer stand except for the heaters in all four corners, I only have one, mine isn't insulated and I have hinge down windows instead of sliding ones, mine isn't quite big enough to sleep in. I go into mine 1 hour before daylight and stay until 1/2 hour after dark. I rarely miss anything that goes on in my neck of the woods.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I don't plan to "rough it," because in the woods, things have a way of getting rough all by themselves:-)

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from Pig Pen wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I'll fall asleep no matter how uncomfortable the stand is!

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

As a kid and a young man I spent many hours crouched on either a board or two or a tree limb with rain dripping down my neck, a hard freeze or a high wind slicing through my longhandles!
I've paid my dues!
Yes! I build my own blinds.
Yes! They're comfortable.
Yes! They're heated.
I prefer a fold up and out window. It acts as a sun shade also..
There is a bench with bags. I'm not as steady as I once was.
If I wanna take a nap, I take a nap! It's MY blind.
...and no, it won't be insulated. A small propane heater keeps toes warm and hands operational!
The more comfortable I am, the longer I stay. The longer I stay, the better my chances.

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from tneal1987 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

To each his own. To some people hunting is hiking back into the mountains where no one has been in years, to others hunting is paying to go to a fenced in farm and shoot a record animal with a guide. Each of us has our own definition of hunting, and if some people want to be comfortable while they hunt, then I say, more power to them. Personally I can not stand to hunt from a blind, I am more of a spot and stalk kind of guy. However, I have family that due to health conditions, can only blind hunt so therefore they love it and they have built blinds like you described. I have a cousing with a deer stand that has a recliner type chair in it. He enjoys getting into the woods and sleeping more than anything, but he has shot quite a few deer from that location so it must be working.

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

most of my stands are so small that my boots barely fit of the platforms. And I love being just me in a tree. But when the wind is blowing 30 mph, its 20 degrees outside and sleeting/freezing rain/spitting snow is hitting me the face, thoughts of stands like your friend's box blind start sounding mighty good!

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from BippityBoopityMate wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

i like to be out in the elements right now, but when i become old and grouchy, i would take one of those.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Hi...

Too comfortable? I don't know.

Around here, in the far less populated areas, there have been deer camps in the woods for years. Most of them are more of a rustic style than not, and are used as a base camp for hunters who might be in the woods all day.

The tree stands, however, have been popping up like...well, trees...!!

I personally prefer to amble through the woods, keeping my eyes looking out for game, but each year my bones are less likely to agree with my wishes...!!

So, to each their own, I guess.

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from Sneaky wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Sounds like a nice stand to me.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I find I've redefined "comfort" with time. Some discomforts are part of the aging process; it's the price we pay to wake up with a pulse, so I try to make myself as comfortable as conditions permit. If I could build a fully furnished, heated tree house with plumbing, panoramic views and firing positions covering most points of the compass, I'd do it. I'd forego a wet bar and color TV, but the rest of it sounds great!

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Someone once said, "You don't need practice to be miserable." I've seen pictures of stands that were built of field stone and had an enclosed area underneath where they could park an atv or two. If you can afford it and that's something that keeps you out there longer, I say go for it.

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Someone once said, "You don't need practice to be miserable." I've seen pictures of stands that were built of field stone and had an enclosed area underneath where they could park an atv or two. If you can afford it and that's something that keeps you out there longer, I say go for it.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

ive never hunted out of a blind, i hate the idea of being stuck in a box for hours on end. for now, ill keep leaning against a tree.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I forgot to add that mine has an enclosed area underneath that conceals my 4-wheeler. Don't laugh someday you young guys will be old and crippled up too. I have paid my dues. It is my hunt and I will do it any way I want to. I can't remember the last year that I didn't kill my buck and most of the time it is a nice one.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

To each, their own. I have spent enough days afield to appreciate a comfortable stand. But I have also spent enough days afield to know that deer will figure out how to avoid a stand if it's over-hunted...nuff said.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I like to hunt from the ground most but there are many days in MN where a nice box blind is a great refuge. A comfortable blind keeps you out longer as many people pointed out. No point in making it miserable.
After many grim sits we enclosed our permanent stands on the family ground. No insulation or windows yet but I'm sure they will happen eventually. They definitely are better with the added protection.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

It's sure nice to have a 60" TV and a blender for when the trail is slow.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Heck no. If you're like me you're going to spend a whole lot of time in it. So it mine as well be as comfortable as you can get it.

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from okie_goose_hntr wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

With deer season in Oklahoma lasting 3 and a half months my blind 50yds behind my shop gets a lot of action. While its not the best place I hunt it gets more time spent there because its convenient and comfortable. I take a book and my morning coffee a lot of times. More deer have been killed out of this blind than any other spot on my property between my son & I. My one mistake of this blind is the metal roof when the acorns are falling.
Blinds make great ways to hunt with kids - they conceal the fidgety movements of a kid and let young hunters stay comfortable.
In short, a blind cannot be too comfortable. My next one will be nicer than this one.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

As a kid and a young man I spent many hours crouched on either a board or two or a tree limb with rain dripping down my neck, a hard freeze or a high wind slicing through my longhandles!
I've paid my dues!
Yes! I build my own blinds.
Yes! They're comfortable.
Yes! They're heated.
I prefer a fold up and out window. It acts as a sun shade also..
There is a bench with bags. I'm not as steady as I once was.
If I wanna take a nap, I take a nap! It's MY blind.
...and no, it won't be insulated. A small propane heater keeps toes warm and hands operational!
The more comfortable I am, the longer I stay. The longer I stay, the better my chances.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I find I've redefined "comfort" with time. Some discomforts are part of the aging process; it's the price we pay to wake up with a pulse, so I try to make myself as comfortable as conditions permit. If I could build a fully furnished, heated tree house with plumbing, panoramic views and firing positions covering most points of the compass, I'd do it. I'd forego a wet bar and color TV, but the rest of it sounds great!

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

You described my deer stand except for the heaters in all four corners, I only have one, mine isn't insulated and I have hinge down windows instead of sliding ones, mine isn't quite big enough to sleep in. I go into mine 1 hour before daylight and stay until 1/2 hour after dark. I rarely miss anything that goes on in my neck of the woods.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I forgot to add that mine has an enclosed area underneath that conceals my 4-wheeler. Don't laugh someday you young guys will be old and crippled up too. I have paid my dues. It is my hunt and I will do it any way I want to. I can't remember the last year that I didn't kill my buck and most of the time it is a nice one.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I don't plan to "rough it," because in the woods, things have a way of getting rough all by themselves:-)

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from Pig Pen wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I'll fall asleep no matter how uncomfortable the stand is!

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from tneal1987 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

To each his own. To some people hunting is hiking back into the mountains where no one has been in years, to others hunting is paying to go to a fenced in farm and shoot a record animal with a guide. Each of us has our own definition of hunting, and if some people want to be comfortable while they hunt, then I say, more power to them. Personally I can not stand to hunt from a blind, I am more of a spot and stalk kind of guy. However, I have family that due to health conditions, can only blind hunt so therefore they love it and they have built blinds like you described. I have a cousing with a deer stand that has a recliner type chair in it. He enjoys getting into the woods and sleeping more than anything, but he has shot quite a few deer from that location so it must be working.

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Someone once said, "You don't need practice to be miserable." I've seen pictures of stands that were built of field stone and had an enclosed area underneath where they could park an atv or two. If you can afford it and that's something that keeps you out there longer, I say go for it.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

To each, their own. I have spent enough days afield to appreciate a comfortable stand. But I have also spent enough days afield to know that deer will figure out how to avoid a stand if it's over-hunted...nuff said.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I like to hunt from the ground most but there are many days in MN where a nice box blind is a great refuge. A comfortable blind keeps you out longer as many people pointed out. No point in making it miserable.
After many grim sits we enclosed our permanent stands on the family ground. No insulation or windows yet but I'm sure they will happen eventually. They definitely are better with the added protection.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from DEER30 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

most of my stands are so small that my boots barely fit of the platforms. And I love being just me in a tree. But when the wind is blowing 30 mph, its 20 degrees outside and sleeting/freezing rain/spitting snow is hitting me the face, thoughts of stands like your friend's box blind start sounding mighty good!

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from BippityBoopityMate wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

i like to be out in the elements right now, but when i become old and grouchy, i would take one of those.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Hi...

Too comfortable? I don't know.

Around here, in the far less populated areas, there have been deer camps in the woods for years. Most of them are more of a rustic style than not, and are used as a base camp for hunters who might be in the woods all day.

The tree stands, however, have been popping up like...well, trees...!!

I personally prefer to amble through the woods, keeping my eyes looking out for game, but each year my bones are less likely to agree with my wishes...!!

So, to each their own, I guess.

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from Sneaky wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Sounds like a nice stand to me.

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Someone once said, "You don't need practice to be miserable." I've seen pictures of stands that were built of field stone and had an enclosed area underneath where they could park an atv or two. If you can afford it and that's something that keeps you out there longer, I say go for it.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

ive never hunted out of a blind, i hate the idea of being stuck in a box for hours on end. for now, ill keep leaning against a tree.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

It's sure nice to have a 60" TV and a blender for when the trail is slow.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Heck no. If you're like me you're going to spend a whole lot of time in it. So it mine as well be as comfortable as you can get it.

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from okie_goose_hntr wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

With deer season in Oklahoma lasting 3 and a half months my blind 50yds behind my shop gets a lot of action. While its not the best place I hunt it gets more time spent there because its convenient and comfortable. I take a book and my morning coffee a lot of times. More deer have been killed out of this blind than any other spot on my property between my son & I. My one mistake of this blind is the metal roof when the acorns are falling.
Blinds make great ways to hunt with kids - they conceal the fidgety movements of a kid and let young hunters stay comfortable.
In short, a blind cannot be too comfortable. My next one will be nicer than this one.

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