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#5511067 - 12/31/14 03:56 PM I'm sold on ground blinds
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After hunting from a ground blind most of this season, I don't know why I didn't try one long ago. I bought one before last season and decided to use it this season to overlook a food plot that I have always hunted from a tripod. With the area around the food plot now overgrown so high that it would have required placing a tripod too close, I opted to put up the ground blind back in the brush but still close enough that I could still see the entire plot. While the deer still appeared somewhat wary of it, I ended up seeing a lot more deer than during those earlier years when hunting from a tripod. It really seemed to blend in to the surroundings much better than myself sitting in an open tripod.

Dog House Deer Blind
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#5511077 - 12/31/14 04:02 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
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They truly work.
I have hunted out of them for years.
This year I built an elevated platform and tied down the ground blind to the top.
It was awesome! Great views and much cheapier than purchasing or building a box blind.

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#5511107 - 12/31/14 04:19 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
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Bugs eat me alive. Really, for whatever reason, they will fly past everyone else and chew on me. I've found that the Thermocell / ground blind combination will allow me to hunt almost anywhere without fear or undue suffering. I'm sold on them too.
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#5511117 - 12/31/14 04:28 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: syncerus]
4Weight Offline
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
Bugs eat me alive. Really, for whatever reason, they will fly past everyone else and chew on me. I've found that the Thermocell / ground blind combination will allow me to hunt almost anywhere without fear or undue suffering. I'm sold on them too.


Will the thermocell repel wasps? My ground blind was covered in them until 2nd week of dec.


Edited by 4Weight (12/31/14 04:28 PM)
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#5511148 - 12/31/14 04:44 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: 4Weight]
Texasrebel649 Offline
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Ground blinds are usually my go to except when I'm bow hunting. I've even bow hunted out of them a couple times.
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#5511199 - 12/31/14 05:10 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: 4Weight]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: 4Weight
Originally Posted By: syncerus
Bugs eat me alive. Really, for whatever reason, they will fly past everyone else and chew on me. I've found that the Thermocell / ground blind combination will allow me to hunt almost anywhere without fear or undue suffering. I'm sold on them too.


Will the thermocell repel wasps? My ground blind was covered in them until 2nd week of dec.


I used my ThermaCell just once in my ground blind this season and would swear it left some residue on the inside surface of my blind that continued to work for days if not weeks afterward.
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#5511223 - 12/31/14 05:25 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
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One thing I do with ground blinds is put cedar branches all around them. Does two things: 1) conceals the blind and breaks up the "square" appearance 2) covers scent to a degree...especially when you have two people in there. Don't get me wrong, you still have the hunt the wind, but cedar is very effective on those light to no wind days.

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#5511227 - 12/31/14 05:28 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
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Thanks Dan.
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#5511299 - 12/31/14 05:53 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
gunnut81 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/12
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Loc: Lipan TX
I've always preferred ground blinds over most I do love my towers but I hate tripods and tree stands unless I'm bow hunting I like to be on the ground like God intended man to be. Plus I can take my 5 & 3 year old daughters with me in a ground blind I'm not comfortable with them climbing into an elevated blind yet.


Edited by gunnut81 (12/31/14 05:55 PM)
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#5511476 - 12/31/14 06:54 PM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
We have several of each, but I honestly prefer the tripod
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#5512493 - 01/01/15 08:33 AM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
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I will use one if I have to, but it honestly drives me nuts not to be able to see but a small slice of what's going on around me. Plus I believe treestands are much more stealthy/unobtrusive.
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5512498 - 01/01/15 08:35 AM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I will use one if I have to, but it honestly drives me nuts not to be able to see but a small slice of what's going on around me. Plus I believe treestands are much more stealthy/unobtrusive.


agree, and drawing a bow on ground level with game within 20-25 yards can be very tough, hope for some good hard wind.
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#5512537 - 01/01/15 08:58 AM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I will use one if I have to, but it honestly drives me nuts not to be able to see but a small slice of what's going on around me. Plus I believe treestands are much more stealthy/unobtrusive.


No argument there. Still, most ground blinds have windows on all sides that can be opened for watching all around you.

I must admit that I was a liitle wary this season of what may have found crawled up in my ground blind when opening it, especially on a dark morning. And then, thinking that having a 300 pound boar standing a few feet away and not knowing it can work on the nerves as well. That is, when you know all that separates you is thin cloth.
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#5512549 - 01/01/15 09:07 AM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
Nogalus Prairie Offline
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I only use them occassionally bowhunting. To have any hope of killing a deer from a ground blind in east TX, only one window can be open so they will not catch you when you draw. That means you can't see an animal until they are right on top of you. If they are on the move at all you can forget it. They are a huge handicap.

I am thinking about using them a little more during rifle season in a couple of spots where I don't have blinds. If I do, I am going to put them out well before the season so as to let the deer get used to them.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (01/01/15 09:07 AM)
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5512622 - 01/01/15 10:00 AM Re: I'm sold on ground blinds [Re: Texas Dan]
Jimmie Moreland Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
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Loc: Azle, Tx
I hunted out of one most of this year and I liked it. I always take the "fresh earth" scent spray and spray it down real good before I hunt out of it and I hang a couple of the fresh earth wafers inside it while hunting.

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