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What is a good inexpensive way to make a ground blind and or tree stand for deer hunting?

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from BuckTheSystem wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Native brush for the blind. Cut it down and build it up.

Same concept for tree stands. Ideally look for 3 trees growing close together to build the stand in. Cut down some 2-3 inch diameter trees to use for building the ladder and frame. Nail cross braces between two of the trees as a ladder up to the height you are going for. Nail 3 more around the perimeter of the tree at the height you want the bottom platform and again at a good rest height when you are sitting. I use playwood for the floor and wrap it in burlap, so those and the nails are the only things I buy and bring in.

Hopefully I was able to explain this OK. And remember to be sure this is legal where you are. Not all public grounds are OK with cutting down live trees.

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from labrador12 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I use a 5 gal plastic bucket and a seat cushion. If you're still, deer will die. I also have a fallen tree I sit on. if you are still, deer will die.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Use dead trees and/or brush to break up your background and give you a little room for movement. It doesn't have to be too fancy to work.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

There are several ways to make an inexpensive tree stand yourself. A cheap quick stand I have used is:
Find a tree that has a good fork in it about 15 feet or so off the ground. Approximate the distance between the two forks and get two pieces of 2x6 lumber that will span the distance between the forks. Nail a 2x6 to each side of the fork so they can serve as joist boards for your tree stand. Make sure they are as level on top as you can get them. Then screw 2x4 or 2x6 planks across those two joist boards so you have something to sit on. These boards can be about 2 feet in lenght. Buy some screw-in climber steps or nail 18 inch long 2x4s to the tree for steps. This works pretty well and is cheap, especially if you can find some used lumber. I usually sit on it until I see something coming and then stand up with a bow. However, it is pretty easy to stand in for hours too but leaning against the big branches that form the fork. These are pretty easy to pop up in three or four of your favorite places and they will last for many years.

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from jay wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I've seen camo sided plywood (actually, I think it is OSB board) at lowes recently. I'm sure this could be used for a permanent ground blind or tree stand.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

You can buy "blind" material" at Wally World for cheap, but I think/use natural material to build blinds and set up "runways" for deer.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Use your surroundings...after all the area surrounding where you plan on building your blind and hunting is the best camoflauge available because it naturally occurs there

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from meagel wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

It is called a pair of clippers, an axe, and some brush. It is easy to make a stick frame and then put on the brish like shingles. I would advise against backlighting so a frame with brush all the way around is best. Make one like the leopard hunters do. Works like magic!

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Dead brush or fallen tree limbs. Do not cut any on federal lands for it is illegal. i like camo burlap to put inside the brush to cover up as much movement as possible. As for a tree stand, if you make one make sure it is stury enough before you set it up too high. You can get cheap tree stands for under $100.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I like to use the natural surrounding to build up a blind. I look for a pine or cedar to back my self up to and then dig it down a little bit (clearing all the sticks and leaves and other noise makers) and then surround my spot with down branches and logs. I try to get it up high enough to use some of the stuff as a gun rest.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Can't add much here, but a chain-saw can speed up ground blind making. Also, I've found that you probably know or are related to someone w/enough scrap lumber laying around to build a good tree stand.

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from coonhunter95 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Go to a saw mill and get the wooden planks that have bark on one side and screw to 4 trees like a log cabin overlapping though so it will shed water and cut some windows with a chain saw and a door.

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from buckeye wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

For a good ground blind just use the brush that is around the area that you hunt and build it up to where you can see and shoot over it comfortably.

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from hunter99 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

get a good gillysuit and sit or whatever and they wont be able to catch any of your movement.

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from lawman328 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Get yourself a 10-20 foot section of wire fence use some wire ties to conect to small trees or you can anchor with wood stakes. If its a tall fence you can cut shooting holes if not you can shoot over it. After you get it set up you can use natural materials to weave into the fence (grass, tree limbs, bark, pine and cedar branches) anything that will weave into the fence to brake up you outline. you can also roll it up and move it easy. While building step back and look at it to see how its blending in.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I agree with lawman, use wire fence for a frame, then you can use black plaastic for weather on top and grass, sticks or burlap for the sides.

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

ive taken deer by simply sitting on the ground with my back to a tree just use good cover scent and be still

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from time2be wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I like to use the natural stuff around the area I hunt. A fallen tree sitting in the limbs. A tree to my back with some brush or weeds in front. I have even cut some limbs with leaves on them and stuck them in the ground in front of me. Go natural!

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from hunter99 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

get a good gillysuit and sit or whatever and they wont be able to catch any of your movement.

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from BuckTheSystem wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Native brush for the blind. Cut it down and build it up.

Same concept for tree stands. Ideally look for 3 trees growing close together to build the stand in. Cut down some 2-3 inch diameter trees to use for building the ladder and frame. Nail cross braces between two of the trees as a ladder up to the height you are going for. Nail 3 more around the perimeter of the tree at the height you want the bottom platform and again at a good rest height when you are sitting. I use playwood for the floor and wrap it in burlap, so those and the nails are the only things I buy and bring in.

Hopefully I was able to explain this OK. And remember to be sure this is legal where you are. Not all public grounds are OK with cutting down live trees.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Use dead trees and/or brush to break up your background and give you a little room for movement. It doesn't have to be too fancy to work.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

You can buy "blind" material" at Wally World for cheap, but I think/use natural material to build blinds and set up "runways" for deer.

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from meagel wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

It is called a pair of clippers, an axe, and some brush. It is easy to make a stick frame and then put on the brish like shingles. I would advise against backlighting so a frame with brush all the way around is best. Make one like the leopard hunters do. Works like magic!

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Dead brush or fallen tree limbs. Do not cut any on federal lands for it is illegal. i like camo burlap to put inside the brush to cover up as much movement as possible. As for a tree stand, if you make one make sure it is stury enough before you set it up too high. You can get cheap tree stands for under $100.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I like to use the natural surrounding to build up a blind. I look for a pine or cedar to back my self up to and then dig it down a little bit (clearing all the sticks and leaves and other noise makers) and then surround my spot with down branches and logs. I try to get it up high enough to use some of the stuff as a gun rest.

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from lawman328 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Get yourself a 10-20 foot section of wire fence use some wire ties to conect to small trees or you can anchor with wood stakes. If its a tall fence you can cut shooting holes if not you can shoot over it. After you get it set up you can use natural materials to weave into the fence (grass, tree limbs, bark, pine and cedar branches) anything that will weave into the fence to brake up you outline. you can also roll it up and move it easy. While building step back and look at it to see how its blending in.

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

ive taken deer by simply sitting on the ground with my back to a tree just use good cover scent and be still

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

There are several ways to make an inexpensive tree stand yourself. A cheap quick stand I have used is:
Find a tree that has a good fork in it about 15 feet or so off the ground. Approximate the distance between the two forks and get two pieces of 2x6 lumber that will span the distance between the forks. Nail a 2x6 to each side of the fork so they can serve as joist boards for your tree stand. Make sure they are as level on top as you can get them. Then screw 2x4 or 2x6 planks across those two joist boards so you have something to sit on. These boards can be about 2 feet in lenght. Buy some screw-in climber steps or nail 18 inch long 2x4s to the tree for steps. This works pretty well and is cheap, especially if you can find some used lumber. I usually sit on it until I see something coming and then stand up with a bow. However, it is pretty easy to stand in for hours too but leaning against the big branches that form the fork. These are pretty easy to pop up in three or four of your favorite places and they will last for many years.

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from jay wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I've seen camo sided plywood (actually, I think it is OSB board) at lowes recently. I'm sure this could be used for a permanent ground blind or tree stand.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Use your surroundings...after all the area surrounding where you plan on building your blind and hunting is the best camoflauge available because it naturally occurs there

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from jbird wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Can't add much here, but a chain-saw can speed up ground blind making. Also, I've found that you probably know or are related to someone w/enough scrap lumber laying around to build a good tree stand.

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from coonhunter95 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Go to a saw mill and get the wooden planks that have bark on one side and screw to 4 trees like a log cabin overlapping though so it will shed water and cut some windows with a chain saw and a door.

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from buckeye wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

For a good ground blind just use the brush that is around the area that you hunt and build it up to where you can see and shoot over it comfortably.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I agree with lawman, use wire fence for a frame, then you can use black plaastic for weather on top and grass, sticks or burlap for the sides.

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from time2be wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I like to use the natural stuff around the area I hunt. A fallen tree sitting in the limbs. A tree to my back with some brush or weeds in front. I have even cut some limbs with leaves on them and stuck them in the ground in front of me. Go natural!

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from labrador12 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I use a 5 gal plastic bucket and a seat cushion. If you're still, deer will die. I also have a fallen tree I sit on. if you are still, deer will die.

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