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#5825107 - 07/09/15 05:56 PM Pop up blinds?
dawson55 Offline
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Registered: 08/17/10
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Loc: Fritch texas
Anyone have recommendations on a pop up blind. Big enough for 2. Will be used for rifle and bow. And it's in the panhandle so wind and tie down is a major factor. Thanks for the help.

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#5825120 - 07/09/15 06:10 PM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
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Primos Double Bull

Krivoman Blinds

The Double Bull is your best portable for the panhandle for withstanding the elements and plenty of room for two hunters.

The Krivoman is double the cost but can be left out year round without falling apart after a few seasons.

I bowhunt in the panhandle and have found because of the lack of trees these work best. But....you really have to leave them out year round for the mature bucks to get used to them. up
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#5825603 - 07/10/15 12:12 AM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Registered: 09/24/10
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Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Primos Double Bull

Krivoman Blinds

The Double Bull is your best portable for the panhandle for withstanding the elements and plenty of room for two hunters.

The Krivoman is double the cost but can be left out year round without falling apart after a few seasons.

I bowhunt in the panhandle and have found because of the lack of trees these work best. But....you really have to leave them out year round for the mature bucks to get used to them. up


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#5825665 - 07/10/15 06:54 AM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
Texas Dan Offline
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I used two different pop up blinds last season. The one that I sprayed down with Scotch Guard repelled rain much better than the other.
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#5826074 - 07/10/15 11:22 AM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
artrios60 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/11
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Loc: Coleman Co.
I have used the Primos Double Bulls for a few years and find them extremely sturdy when tied down, although at times have come back to find collapsed sides when the hub has finally had it. We do leave them out year round so the deer have gotten accustom to seeing the blinds.
This year we replaced a couple with the Gander InvisiBulls 2 man and have found that they were not near as warm with the lighter material but extremely easy to use and held their own in bad weather in North Texas.
Dollar wise the Primos are $400 and the Gander InvisiBull is $140
the Primos last 3 yrs in field, I will easily get 2 years out of the InvisiBull model so I can acutually come out ahead money wise

This is just my comparison of the 2 models we use at ranch
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#5826101 - 07/10/15 11:46 AM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
maximum Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
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I've always used the cheap ones myself and
they stay out from sept to jan with no ill
effects. whatever you end up with, you need
to get some real tent stakes or pieces of
rebar or similar about 12-18" long and stake
it and guy it down really well. they're all
tougher than one would think, but they'll
take off and sail away like a hang glider if
they're not extremely secure to the ground.
good luck

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#5826122 - 07/10/15 12:05 PM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
John Humbert Offline
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Here's my $0.02... both the blinds mentioned are good blinds. In my experience, the more stable you make the blind, the longer they will last. All brands. Taking them up and down, transporting them, not secured FIRMLY, and the movement is when you start getting weak spots, holes, and rips and tears. When leaving up for extended times, better to have them setup in a way where cover, trees, bushes, etc. offer some protections - but be sure to trim away anything that is touch or pressing up against the sides - as these things will cause the holes, rips, tears, etc. Once they start with holes and rips, they will deteriorate rapidly.

If you want to, taking a can or two of scotchguard or a light coating of spray polyurethane can offer increased protection, waterproofing, and durability (and help with color fade), if you want to go through the trouble.

For window panels/closures - the elastic tabs to hold windows closed or panels will stretch and become worthless very quickly. Zippers or Velcro last longer and work better - but will be noisier - if that is a factor. I carry a number of the black, heavy-duty paper clips and use them to secure windows and it allows me to hold panels up at an angle or different shapes that offer better concealment and quieter, quicker closes and opens.

Check Ebay for popups. There are hundreds for sale (brand new), and some models, colors that you won't typically find. Sometimes the prices can save you money too! There are also "gilley blankets" that can offer great concealment options when they are draped over the popup, or conceal your entrance/exit path. They are far superior for concealment than the printed camo patterns that fade, and also offer additional protection for your popup - and can be used on the next popup when it does come time to replace.

One last thing, once setup, I have found that taking a small shovel and heaping up the dirt to form a berm around the base of the popup really helps in several ways. First, it "seals" the bottom opening, keeping wind and critters from getting underneath - and will help anchor and protect the inside base.

OK, that was all maybe more than $0.02 worth... smile

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#5826205 - 07/10/15 01:06 PM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
GHale Offline
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Registered: 10/07/10
Posts: 289
Loc: Longview, TX
I have two Killzone popups that I like and seem to be heavier duty with lots of room.

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#5827092 - 07/11/15 02:19 AM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
Txduckman Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Big D
I don't use it every season but my Ameristep blind is on its 10th season. Taken deer, turkey and predators from it but I don't leave it out more than 2 days. I like the floor in it but can't leave it out too long. We use the Primos too and they will last and are quieter. They will fix any issues with it too aside from being destroyed from leaving it out year round. We had one get completely underwater this year and it looks great. Don't stake it, tie it down on all four sides or you will be looking for it.

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#5827161 - 07/11/15 07:26 AM Re: Pop up blinds? [Re: dawson55]
Revoman Offline
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Loc: Abilene Texas
I have an original double bull that I have been using for about 20 years now. I'll put it up in Oct. and it stays until after season. Starting to get a little weathered and faded but still a great blind.
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