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#5634365 - 03/04/15 04:31 PM Bow hunting set up question(s)
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I am mainly set up for rifle with the feeders about 90-100 yards on average from the blinds. I would like to add a bow hunting option in the mix and would like some help with that. I have pop up blinds but think I want more elevation. Maybe an open top type platform? IDK...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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#5634824 - 03/04/15 08:25 PM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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#5634840 - 03/04/15 08:30 PM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: passthru]
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Originally Posted By: passthru


Thanks! I will look this over. This the set up that you use?
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#5634860 - 03/04/15 08:36 PM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Pop ups work well. I have seen set ups where they are mounted on a wooden platform to provide the elevation.

If I can find a tree that even looks like it will hold me, I prefer to be in it.

I am not a fan of open top enclosures. Shadows are your friend when bow hunting. We had a few with open tops and would get picked off more than the others.
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#5634946 - 03/04/15 09:18 PM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Nope. I've never been in a situation to have that set up. However I do have a box on a platform built from the brackets (in Missouri) and it works great. I'm also contemplating building one for a Krivoman shell style blind. I have seen pics of other members here and on TBH who put pop ups on platforms.
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#5634953 - 03/04/15 09:20 PM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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I really enjoy pop ups. It's a task to find a straight mesquite tree around here...
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#5635090 - 03/04/15 10:51 PM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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There are some blinds with better tree opportunities than others. I need to eyeball it a little bit more.
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#5635250 - 03/05/15 07:01 AM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Depending if there is a tree close by the feeder. I like to push a small tripod into a tree, if the tree can't support a stand, just to kill my silhouette. If not a popup is your best option.
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#5635453 - 03/05/15 09:04 AM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Do you think some type of background for an open top platform to help hide silhouette? Maybe even a small roof for the warm October bow season afternoons?
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#5635457 - 03/05/15 09:07 AM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Get up in the nosebleed section and youll have much more luck
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#5635573 - 03/05/15 09:54 AM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Originally Posted By: friocountyhunts
Do you think some type of background for an open top platform to help hide silhouette? Maybe even a small roof for the warm October bow season afternoons?
Any kind of back ground will help to help mask your movements if you don't have a tree to back into, top? , sides? wood? burlap? Just bear in mind the more square or block it looks like the more they will try to figure out what it is. My take a while for them to warm up to it.
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#5635689 - 03/05/15 10:29 AM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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I am going to use this platform and blind frame I've made to make a bow blind for a friend who's place has mostly mesquite and small hackberry trees for cover. We will cover it with ground/weed cloth and camo netting on the outside. A shooting hole will be cut in each side.
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#5635721 - 03/05/15 10:35 AM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Thanks gents. I have a better idea now and will be looking the potential setups over this weekend while I'm guiding hog hunters.
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#5635907 - 03/05/15 11:32 AM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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Passthru, I like that set up, where did you get the base?
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#5636016 - 03/05/15 12:23 PM Re: Bow hunting set up question(s) [Re: friocountyhunts]
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An old lease. The pop up on it was shredded and the cost for a new one was too much so it was passed on to me to do with as I liked. It needs a few minor repairs but nothing difficult.
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