Building a Good Duck Blind
Concealment is the name of the game, and building a good duck blind can make you nearly invisible. A duck blind is a home away from home for a waterfowler. The moment you climb into your blind, the world appears in a different light. A good blind can block the cold wind and camouflage a hunter from the eagle eyes of waterfowl. With good company and whistling wings overhead, a duck blind can make time appear to stand still. A duck blind is a memory creator, a home, and a place to pass along the hunting heritage.
Duck blinds can vary from piles of cattails or buck brush to small houses equipped with heating, cooking, sleeping and bathroom amenities. No matter the style of duck blind you have, every type requires off season maintenance and preseason preparation for opening day effectiveness. Improving your duck blind can improve your concealed success. We will discuss some techniques for building a good duck blind to suit your needs.
Temporary Duck Blinds
- Preserve the landscape. Do not clear-cut an area to construct a minuscule blind.
- Use the natural surrounding vegetation and brush. You want to blend with the area and not stand out like a newly framed house.
- View your blind from different angles and distances. Different views can reveal areas of your blind that appear out-of-place.
- In certain areas, camo netting can quickly and easily create an effective blind, especially when combined with natural vegetation.
- Flexible tent poles are effective for creating a temporary blind structure. They are easily covered with natural vegetation.
- Do not forget your blind is temporary. If the ducks seem to shy away from it, break it down and improve it.
Permanent Duck Blinds
- Do your research and thoroughly scout your location. Make sure you choose the best spot. A permanent blind is not easily moved. Consider wind direction and do not forget about the sun.
- Make a list of your needs and options before choosing your blind type. Lay it out on paper and adjust your design before you start building.
- Do not overcomplicate your design. Simple is effective. Consider a few shelves, a small stove for heat and food, and a bench. This is a duck blind, not a hotel.
- Use appropriate construction materials. Your blind needs to withstand the elements.
- Remember your retriever. Allow for easy ingress and egress for top retriever performance.
- Interior blind structures should be covered in dark colors. Dark interior colors will help conceal your movements.
- Completely camouflage the exterior. Use the natural vegetation from the area to make your blind become part of the landscape. Create easy accessibility in and out of your blind.
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