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Building a Blind?

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Nov 17, 2009 22:20 |  #1

ok, so I have been looking for hours online for designs for a blind but havnt found any, then i looked here and didnt find any. So if anyone knows a website that shows a design or they have one that they have made that would be much appreciated.


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Nov 18, 2009 04:38 |  #2

What sort of blind do you want, permanent, portable, one man two man or more?

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Nov 18, 2009 06:02 |  #3

The reason there is no design available, I think, is that there are very few design elements required. I've never built one, but the ones I've seen were nothing more than a box to hide human presence with enough openings to see the wildlife through, large enough for a lens. It could be made of wood or simply be a frame from which some fabric or netting is hung. The builder decides what will work best for the objective he has in mind. Hunters use elevated blinds when their target is a ground-bound animal, but that wouldn't give the best photographic perspective.

Many people simply use some kind of netting/fabric that can be draped around a portable frame. Some merely shoot from inside a permanent structure when a feeder is placed nearby. No rules, whatever works.

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Nov 18, 2009 15:57 |  #4

Copied from your other post....

I went for the DYI approach....

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Cream of the Crop
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Nov 20, 2009 13:24 |  #5

I purchased a chair blind from Cabela's, It's small, light weight and sets up in a minute. Also when I don't use that, I bought some camo cloth with cut-out leaves from Walmart. I sit in a chair and drape it over me and close the front off with 3 clothes pins. I cut off a piece and wrapped my 300mm lens with it too! The lens sticks out and I'm hidden. Sometimes I let my head stick out and just have the cloth drapped over my shoulders and body. You can do anything you like with the cloth. If you wear one of those Ghillie Suits, you might get shot for looking like Big Foot....heh..heh.


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Nov 20, 2009 13:31 |  #6

For a hundred bucks or so,
I'd get a Cabela (external link)'s blind.
They are lightweight, foldable and roomy.

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Nov 22, 2009 04:00 |  #7

Here's the one I have and it cost $60 at Dicks Sporting's a one man blind and will accommodate you, your tripod and lens plus it has cupholders and is comfortable...check it out

http://fargasonoutdoor​​pecs.html (external link)

I also use camo net and drape around me and my tripod and use the rifle sock to cover my lens...much cheaper. However, if you just shoot in your back yard then you can go with the DIY version mentioned above, however, if you go to the field the DIY above would not be feasible in my opinion.

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Dec 14, 2009 21:27 |  #8

I bought the "outhouse" by Ameristep. Sporting good/hunting & fishing stores have them on sale often for $30.00. Very portable and easy up/easy down.


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Dec 22, 2009 07:27 |  #9

Portable blinds
Some thoughts I’ll pass along on blinds that I’ve learned the hard way over the years while using “portable” blinds.
Just yesterday I bought on sale a 2-man blind with chair from Dicks Sporting Goods for $44.95. I also have and use a 1-man blind with chair and a huge 3 man blind without chair. They each have their good points as well as bad. The blinds with chairs are light and portable, easy to put up and take down. The 1 man is cramped when using big glass and a heavy tripod. The 2- man works well with all but the biggest of glass but a little on the heavy side packing it to a site. Now the large tent can accommodate just about anything you can throw its way but not what I would consider portable. I set that one up on crossing game trails close to home and leave it for the winter. Very sturdy, very roomy, can accommodate any gear you need for a days shoot, plus the largest of chairs. This is my portable house away from home. Some points that you should think about when using any blind. Unlike field shoots where using camo works, wearing all black inside a blind is the way to go, because all/most blinds inside are colored black and you blind in perfectly. Last, location is everything; I scout my spots carefully, setup and leave for a day or two if possible. Did I mention they are also an excellent wind blocker which I found makes life better when the wind is blowing off the mountains where I live and generally setup.
Hope this is of some help.

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