Up until recently hunting involved the thrill of sitting and waiting, afraid to make a single move for fear you could potentially scare off the prey you were hunting.
Enter hunting blinds.
The thrill of fearing to move is now a thing of the past, and I can’t say that’s a bad thing. Though I’m sure there are those who would disagree.
Thanks to the invention and innovations being made on hunting blinds, hunters are able to hunt for longer periods of time and are able to move from poor hunting spots to better opportunities.
Below I’ll cover why you need a hunting blind, what you should look for when selecting a hunting blind, and finally go over a number of options available on the market today.
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What is a hunting blind?
A hunting blind is a must-have piece of gear for hunters.
The main goal of this tent like piece of hunting gear is to help prevent detection by the hunter's prey.
Hunting blinds help to protect you from the elements, allow you to move around without being detected, and overall just help to make a hunt that much more enjoyable.
Why should you use a hunting blind?
As mentioned above, in the past hunting was a lot more painstaking, and to an extent less fun.
Especially for newer hunters.
Harsh weather, not being able to to move, or being stuck in one location, are all situations that make hunting less fun and make people want to give up on or not even entertain the idea of a lifestyle so many of us enjoy.
Hunting blinds solve a lot of these problems.
The first problem hunting blinds solve is the weather problem. When it’s pouring down rain, or the wind cuts through you on a cold day, no one really wants to be out hunting.
When you are in a blind, especially a deer blind, you are more protected from the rain and wind. Meaning, you can hunt longer. This is good for you, because that means the people who didn’t bring a blind (if you’re hunting on public land) will be packing it in. Making less competition for you.
Not all hunting blinds are waterproof or even have a roof. So you should consider the weather conditions you expect to face when selecting a blind.
For years, most passive hunting was the idea you set up your tree stand in one spot, and that’s the spot you hunted for the day. If it was a bad spot, you were punished for it.
Hunting blinds solve this problem as they allow you to pick and up move with relative ease from a bad location to a more prime opportunity while helping you to stay camouflaged.
Most hunting blinds are set up on the ground. The reason tree stands are popular is because it keeps you out of the site of your prey. However, hunting blinds do this as well.
But they have the added benefit of being portable. If you are choosing to hunt on the ground, blinds offer a great way to conceal yourself outside of just wearing a lot of camo.
Another way hunting blinds help with concealment is helping to limit scent. By facing your blind downwind, it will help to limit your scent. If the wind changes direction, you can still limit scent by only opening one window to create air flow.
Types of Hunting Blinds
The type of game you will be hunting, will play a big role in your hunting blind selection process. There are portable deer blinds, upright waterfowl blinds, and laydown waterfowl blinds.
You should be aware of each type and their advantages and disadvantages when hunting.
Pop-up hunting blinds are blinds that are designed to be portable and folded up when not in use.
Most pop-up blinds fold down to a size small enough to fit in the backseat of any car and are light enough to easily be strapped to a backpack.
The size and portability are the pop up blinds greatest advantage. These types of hunting blinds are what you will want to go with if you are planning on hunting deer, as they give you the most versatility and deer hunters are what pop up blind manufacturers tend to market to.
The other type of blinds you will typically come across are those designed for waterfowl hunting.
These blinds differ from traditional pop-up blinds in that the openings for shooting are not designed for horizontal shooting but rather elevated or vertical shooting. Waterfowl blinds are also designed to have a lower profile and pattern that makes it less visible at longer distances.
When it comes to waterfowl blinds there are generally two types, upright waterfowl blinds, and laydown waterfowl blinds.
Upright blinds are designed to give you a great field of visions because you can actually move and turn around to watch for incoming birds. They also tend to be more roomy, meaning you can usually fit more than one person in an upright blind while still having room for your gear.
Laydown blinds, on the other hand, are more geared for a single hunter. Basically, these blinds are designed for the hunter to lay down on their back and watch for birds through a mesh screen.
These blinds to be uncomfortable since you can’t move around, and typically have a lower field of vision. The one upside to these blinds is that they are easily concealable. Especially in tall grass.
Ameristep Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 Hunting Doghouse Ground Blind Review
The evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 Hunting Doghouse Ground Blind is probably a surprise for most people. But it’s the best bang for the buck by far. This blind is made from 100% polyester and features shoot through mesh with a gun port for both bow and rifle hunters.
The blind features Realtree Xtra Camo pattern. Which if you have followed Woodland Gear for any amount of time, you know we’re huge RealTree fans. This unit also features 3D leaves that add to the realism of the blind and helps to break up its shape even more.
The Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 measures 60” x 60” with a max height of 66” at the center. If you’re over 6 foot the unit may be a little on the smaller size but should be fine for most hunters. Two hunters can easily fit into the blind, but if you are a larger hunter elbow room may be a premium.
Overall this blind is a fantastic blind for the price, and the build quality is excellent and well worth the investment for any hunter.
- Excellent Build Quality
- Shoot Through Mesh and Windows offer full 360-degree viewing experience
- Weighs only 12.8 pounds, making it portable
- Compact with a setup and takedown time of only a few minutes
- Not waterproof
Ameristep Care Taker Hub Blind
The Ameristep Care Taker features nine windows that allow you to get a full 360-degree view, and also contain mesh shoot through windows and rifle ports to accommodate whatever kind of hunting you plan to do. The window system is set up with toggles and loops to allow quiet opening of windows, removing the noisy pain of zippers and velcro.
This blind is weather resistant, insect resistant and also has shadow guard technology. The shadow guard helps hunters by concealing your shadow and movement within the blind.
This unit weighs a little over 13 pounds and is fairly straightforward to setup, with setup time taking less than 10 minutes.
Overall this unit fixes some of the cons of the Evolved Ingenuity while still retaining the build quality and all of the great features. There is a slight price increase, but I think that it is well worth it.
- Weather and Insect Resistant
- Shadow Guard technology allows movement without spooking prey
- Realtree Xtra camo pattern
- Simple setup and tear down, allows you to move from one hunting spot to another with ease
- Some reviewers have noted tiny pinholes along the seams of the blind - may need seam sealer if you find this to be the case
Barronett Blinds Pentagon Hunting Blind
If you are looking for a hunting blind that will accommodate 3 -4 hunters plus gear, or if you need to have rooms for special equipment such as a wheelchair the Barronett Blinds Pentagon Hunting Blind may be the blind for you.
This blind has a 41.5 square foot footprint, and has a maximum height of 6 foot, making it more than ideal for most hunters.
Nine large windows give you a full panoramic view of your hunting area. Combined with the 6-foot height gives you multiple ways to take a shot, including standing shots.
Each interior window features shoot through mesh for bow hunters, and the three center windows feature portholes for rifle shooters. The windows, also feature zipperless noise free fasteners, allowing you to open windows without spooking prey.
This blind weighs roughly 20 pounds, making it one of the heaviest blinds on this list, but still relatively portable. Especially if you have more than one person.
The blind features, Barronett’s blood trail backwoods camo allowing for the blinds use in the spring, summer, and fall. Because of the photorealistic camo pattern, this blind will virtually disappear into its surroundings.
- 41.5 square foot allows for 4 hunters plus gear
- Weather resistant
- 9 large windows allow for a complete panoramic view
- shoot through mesh windows as well as rifle ports
- Velcro can be loud
Ameristep Deluxe 2 Person Tent Chair Hunting Blind
Adding to the growing list of Ameristep products is the Ameristep Deluxe 2 person tent chair hunting blind. This blind features a compact 2 person design that allows you and a friend to stalk your prey with ease.
The blind features a large front and side windows (6 in all) allow for a large viewing angle. These windows are zippered so you will need to take care when opening the windows to avoid scaring off your prey.
This blind has a total size of 61 inches wide x 52 inches deep and 20 inches high - making it a little intimate. One of the great things about this blind is, it has a chair built right into the blind that allows for 2 people. It also features cup holders. Who doesn’t love those? Because the chair is built into the blind, this make the blind even more compact when you consider the fact you can remove 2 chairs from your hunting gear.
The setup for this blind is designed for rapid setup and tear down, making moving to various hunting areas a breeze.
Much like the Ameristep Care Taker blind, this blind is also weather and insect resistant, and also features the Realtree Xtra camo, making it ideal for use in wooded areas.
- Weather and Insect resistant
- Built-in chair and cupholders save space in your hunting pack
- Lightweight design
- Easy setup and tear down, also has a built-in carry case, making this blind very portable
- Zippers for windows can be loud
- Some reviewers have noted pin holes along the seams. May need seam sealer if you find this to be the case
Ameristep Dove and Duck Hayhouse Blind
For all the waterfowl hunters, I also wanted to include at least one decent waterfowl blind as well. The Dove and Duck Hayhouse blind from Ameristep is hands down one of the best waterfowl blinds on the market.
This blind features Max 4 Camo that makes the blind appear as a large hay bale. So if you hay bales nearby, this blind will work best in that scenario. I will tell you that this blind is water resistant, but not waterproof so its more ideal location is in a field rather than by the water. If hunting with a dog near water, the water resistance will allow water build up in the blind.
This blind features a mesh roof that allows for greater visibility of incoming birds. It’s also great for dove. The roof hatch also features a ripcord that can be pulled at a moment’s notice to allow fast shooting when prey is spotted.
The blind measures 60 inches by 60 inches, making enough room for 2 hunters and a dog. If you are hunting with a dog, make sure to leave the blind open so that the dog can easily get out and retrieve your game.
- Water and insect resistant
- Mesh roof with ripcord allows for easy viewing and quick shooting of incoming birds
- quick and easy setup and takedown
- Mesh roof means the blind is not waterproof or weatherproof
- As with other Ameristep products small pin holes have been noted near the seams.
Hunting blinds have become an essential piece of hunting gear. Both for aspiring and serious hunters. This tent-like piece of gear allows you to hunt longer and more comfortably, giving you a better chance of success.
Hunting blinds come in many shapes and forms, and while no one company really has a foothold in the market, Ameristep is doing a fine job of solidifying their place.
When it comes to why you should use a hunting blind the answer is simple. They provide shelter, concealment from prey, and offer portability.
This last one is crucial. In the past and even today, if you hunt from a tree stand, you better hope you set up your stand in a good place. If not, you were pretty much out of luck for the day.
Hunting blinds fix this problem as they can be easily set up and tore down in only a few moments. This allows you to move from a lousy hunting location to a location with more activity.
Overall I consider a hunting blind to be a must, and really there is no reason not to use one.
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Thank you for reading, and remember adventure is waiting.