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May 06, 2015 23:33 |  #46

My wife called me at work a couple of weeks ago and said, "the buntings and grosbeaks are migrating through." When I got home from work, just before 6PM, I immediately set up my blind in the backyard and donned my camo facemask and gloves, and hopped inside.

Before I had quite finished setting up the tripod, THIS young fella landed on a limb 12' away! I finished setting up quickly and popped the camera on the to tripod. In no longer time later than tripping the shutter, I got this gorgeous photo of a male Painted Bunting . . . the first decent opportunity to ever get a really nice image.

Within the next half hour I took a couple of hundred images, and no birds noticed me or paid me any attention! Yes, blinds work!

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May 06, 2015 23:42 |  #47

A little over a week ago I set up my blind in the backyard again, hoping to catch some migratory birds at the feeders. I was not disappointed! Here's a first year male Scarlet Tanager at a distance of about 12 feet. The image is heavily cropped. If you look into the reflection in his eye you can see my blind . . . but he never picked up on me!!! (Canon 7D mkII in continuous "silent" mode + EF 400/5.6)

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Bottom line . . . anything you can do to break up your outline, and conceal what you are doing can really pay off!



  
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Jun 07, 2015 19:25 |  #48


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Finally bought a blind yesterday, can't wait to use it!

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Jun 08, 2015 01:31 as a reply to  @ Sgt.'s post |  #49

Finally bought a blind yesterday, can't wait to use it![/QUOTE]

That's the one I have, and I like it.


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Jun 08, 2015 09:09 as a reply to  @ Sgt.'s post |  #50

I have one of those, too. Don't be afraid to take a pair of scissors to it, and cut holes wherever you need them. I have done so, and now have "shooting ports" all 'round the thing, at various heights. Keep a few safety pins in the blind permanently, and then you can always close the ports you aren't using.


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Jun 08, 2015 10:10 |  #51

Tom Reichner wrote in post #17588689 (external link)
I have one of those, too. Don't be afraid to take a pair of scissors to it, and cut holes wherever you need them. I have done so, and now have "shooting ports" all 'round the thing, at various heights. Keep a few safety pins in the blind permanently, and then you can always close the ports you aren't using.

I will keep that in mind, it does have windows on 3 sides though, hopefully that is enough!


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Jun 08, 2015 17:31 |  #52

Sgt. wrote in post #17588775 (external link)
I will keep that in mind, it does have windows on 3 sides though, hopefully that is enough!

That looks quite similar to mine. My one has ports on three sides as well and that has been sufficient so far. Mine has black mesh strips over the viewing/camera ports and they work well for concealing any movements inside the hide. If yours doesn't you might consider adding some?
Make sure you have a nice comfy but portable seat - it is much easier to stay quiet and still if you are comfortable!
Good Luck!


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Jun 09, 2015 02:39 |  #53

Have Ameristep stopped producing the Doghouse blind/hide? That always seemed to be the most popular one with photographers but nobody seems to have it in stock anymore. Over here in the UK, everyone just seems to stock only the WildlifeWatchingSuppli​es made hides now. They're good but also more expensive.


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Jun 09, 2015 05:46 |  #54

myphotographic wrote in post #17589816 (external link)
Have Ameristep stopped producing the Doghouse blind/hide? That always seemed to be the most popular one with photographers but nobody seems to have it in stock anymore. Over here in the UK, everyone just seems to stock only the WildlifeWatchingSuppli​es made hides now. They're good but also more expensive.

This one is the Ameristep doghouse.


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Jul 08, 2015 10:34 |  #55

kinghong1970 wrote in post #15632554 (external link)
i have the gunner blind... not as bulky... but still a bit much to handle.
if you go to your local sporting goods store/hunting store, you can see it before buying it.

i love it... set it up and even have the kids camp out in it while waiting for birds...
now only if i can get my kids to stop screaming

"BIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRD!"

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oh, and aside from the ikea chairs for the kids, i have one of those three legged folding stools i use...
fits comfortably a tripod, me and 3 kids... so this option will give room for you, gear and your lab.

if you're looking for portability, quickcamo (external link)is best bet...
but then again, you could buy 2 yards of any camo fabric or camo mesh and make a rough poncho with it and use it to drape over you and gear... much cheaper than the cost of these pre-mades.

you can google camo fabric and you should be able to find vendors where you can buy yards of camo fabrics.

if you opt to buy fabric, you should also consider the composition/make of fabric... do you want windproof nylon or canvas or just mesh...

http://www.rockywoods.​com …attern-Camouflage-Fabrics (external link)

has some good source of various kinds of fabrics.

lol. So cool, It's time for me to get a new blind I might just get one of these too. Oh I noticed one of your daughter used the lens hoodie as a hat he he he.


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Jul 27, 2015 21:08 |  #56

Thanks, and good luck with your original blind project!




  
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Aug 04, 2015 22:34 |  #57

Just bought a blind to try out, don't know how much I'll use one so got an inexpensive m&w brand. I was actually surprised to find the quality to be more than I thought. Don't have any pics yet, I set it up in my garage to get familiar with it before I get it in the field. Its 60x60x65 so not a bad size, fits my tripod/gimbalhead/came​ra and chair easily. with proper stools it will fit 2 shooters. Has 4 shooting ports with mesh or you can zip open the whole window. Grand total for this fine piece of merchandise - $71.00! I'll set it up outside and get a couple shots of it to post. Should be set for the fall migration.


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Aug 05, 2015 10:46 as a reply to  @ daverator's post |  #58

Sounds like a good buy, Dave. Just curious - does it have any ports that allow you to shoot from a low point of view ? Is there a way for you to shoot with the camera about 6 inches off the ground, or will you have to cut out your own holes to shoot from a low POV?


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Aug 05, 2015 19:55 |  #59

Tom Reichner wrote in post #17657420 (external link)
Sounds like a good buy, Dave. Just curious - does it have any ports that allow you to shoot from a low point of view ? Is there a way for you to shoot with the camera about 6 inches off the ground, or will you have to cut out your own holes to shoot from a low POV?

It has some low ports but not that low, it has 4 ports in the bottom of 4 windows the ports have removable mesh, the windows do not. I'd say the lower ports are at least a foot from the ground. My first blind but I think quality is better than the price paid, but for that price a guy probably wouldn't feel to bad about taking a knife to it.:lol:


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Aug 05, 2015 20:03 |  #60

daverator wrote in post #17658036 (external link)
It has some low ports but not that low, it has 4 ports in the bottom of 4 windows the ports have removable mesh, the windows do not. I'd say the lower ports are at least a foot from the ground. My first blind but I think quality is better than the price paid, but for that price a guy probably wouldn't feel to bad about taking a knife to it.:lol:

You're right, Dave. I use the doghouse ground blinds, at $49 each. At that price, I am not afraid to do whatever to them in order to make them a more effective tool. There's a lot to be said for low priced gear and customization.


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