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#5999610 - 10/28/15 09:56 PM How much would you pay for a blind?
WattoHunt Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/28/15
Posts: 8
Loc: Texas
I'm curious as to what hunters that use a blind are willing to pay for a prefabricated blind (wood, fiberglass, etc.)? It seems like prices are all over the map and I've seen prices as high as $4,000 (Nature Bind). I know there are a lot of guys that prefer to build their own, but there are plenty that like a turn key product they can buy and drop in place and start hunting.

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#5999711 - 10/28/15 11:18 PM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
txshntr Offline
T-Rex Arms

Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33685
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Not much. I have built almost all of mine and paid $300 for a 4x6 Monarch to a guy that was getting off the lease and didn't want to have to haul it.

Have a buddy that is about to buy the Nature Blind. He is buying one of the scratch and dent versions though, think for around $3k or so.
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#5999772 - 10/29/15 05:49 AM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
A lot depends on how well it was made and what materials were used in the build. I build all of mine out of Hardi siding and will not use plywood anymore. I prefer fiberglass or insulated metal if buying as they will be lower maintenance and should last a very long time. I can get a 4'x6' fiberglass blind with good windows for around $900-1100 without a tower around my area.
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#5999910 - 10/29/15 08:17 AM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: stxranchman]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/09
Posts: 9512
Loc: Forney, Tx
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
A lot depends on how well it was made and what materials were used in the build. I build all of mine out of Hardi siding and will not use plywood anymore. I prefer fiberglass or insulated metal if buying as they will be lower maintenance and should last a very long time. I can get a 4'x6' fiberglass blind with good windows for around $900-1100 without a tower around my area.


Are you using the Hardi 4x8 sheets or the actual siding? I e been considering the 4x8 sheets for refinishing my blind next year
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#6000008 - 10/29/15 08:57 AM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
Dalee7892 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 985
Loc: Denton County
Big pig, I would use the sheets with metal trim on the edges (top, corners use screws instead of nails and adhesive)

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#6000068 - 10/29/15 09:21 AM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6472
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I'm going to build one of my own over the next couple of weeks. Don't have a welder but I have a lot of scrap lumber.
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#6000081 - 10/29/15 09:26 AM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: BigPig]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: BigPig
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
A lot depends on how well it was made and what materials were used in the build. I build all of mine out of Hardi siding and will not use plywood anymore. I prefer fiberglass or insulated metal if buying as they will be lower maintenance and should last a very long time. I can get a 4'x6' fiberglass blind with good windows for around $900-1100 without a tower around my area.


Are you using the Hardi 4x8 sheets or the actual siding? I e been considering the 4x8 sheets for refinishing my blind next year

Yes I have built several blinds since 2004 using the 4x8 sheets of Hardi. I use all treated lumber for the framing in the build with the Hardi as siding. No woodpecker issues or rotting lumbers after a few years. Painting them is kept to a minimum also with the Hardi also. I will not use anything else when I build my own blinds.
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#6000827 - 10/29/15 06:03 PM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
StretchR Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 309
Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)
I've had pretty good luck with the "Smart-siding" which is OSB, but with a textured and primed surface. I'm careful to seal the edges and give extra care to the screw holes. It is a bit lighter and less expensive than Hardi-panel. I've used it for a variety of weather-exposed projects and they have all lasted much better than painted plywood. Hardi-panel does last longer but Smart-siding has been more than good-enough for me.

I built a 4' x 6' three years ago that still looks like new. The cost to build, with "Elevator" brackets and 4" x 4" treated posts was under $500. I'd probably sell one for $750-800, delivery would be more.

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#6000849 - 10/29/15 06:14 PM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
B-Dub Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/10/11
Posts: 6
It depends on how long you want the blind to last. If you have the time to build one correctly you can save a little money but they are typically much heavier than fiberglass. I have a T-Box that is fiberglass blown over rigid foam insulation panels. It's a nice bug-free blind but I'm not happy with how the windows open and there were a few leaks around the windows and door that I had to re-caulk on the day I picked it up. 5 years later it's still in perfect shape with a new paint job every 2-3 years. I paid around 1k for it and I would do it again but I would do a better inspection before taking delivery I would also have the manufacturer put in vertically opening windows. I tried to have it done on my first purchase but I couldn't get the manufacturer to call me back.
My wife has a Redneck Predator 360 that is really nice and I think it will last a real long time but it was around 3k. I wouldn't have spent that much but she didn't hesitate. Her's is on a 10' stand and she and I were able to stand it up as a complete unit.

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#6000861 - 10/29/15 06:21 PM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
Wilhunt Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2335
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Build your own you can make it as good as you want it to be.

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#6001254 - 10/29/15 10:54 PM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
nak Offline
Tracker

Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 783
Loc: DFW
I'm too cheap to buy store bought.

I'm in the OSB siding crowd, with a plywood roof and floor.
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#6002149 - 10/30/15 02:12 PM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
MontagueMonsters Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/07/15
Posts: 290
Whatever materials cost, I think building blinds is part if the experience

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#6002411 - 10/30/15 05:14 PM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
603Country Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 4872
Loc: Central Texas
I've built most of my blinds. They are 4x4 with a tin roof. Cost runs between $250 and $300 to make them. If I ever make more, I think I'll go to 4x5 so I can stretch out better when I nap.

Only bought one blind, and that was the 4x6 fiberglass from Redneck Blinds. I wanted a 10 foot high blind, and figured it was just easier to buy than build. Cost was somewhere around $2500 delivered to me. Seemed kinda steep pricewise, but I really do like the blind, going into the 3rd year of use. Absolutely no complaints. Well...maybe one. The darn buzzards like to perch on it and on the ladder. Buzzard crap all over the ladder. I've quit biting my nails.

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#6003060 - 10/31/15 06:59 AM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
bholt Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/28/06
Posts: 669
Loc: Georgetown,TX
I assume you may be looking into building them for sale. There are always folks out there who will pay for quality. Likewise there are those who prefer to do it themselves, and of course the ever present "that cost to much, or I can build it cheaper myself". Build your blind the best you can and put it out there at a fair price and they will sell at least that is what I've found with game hoist and winch feeders. I started to build for myself but kept going for other people and to help pay for my addiction/hunting. Treat folks fair, give high quality at a fair price and you will do fine.

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#6003121 - 10/31/15 08:30 AM Re: How much would you pay for a blind? [Re: WattoHunt]
WattoHunt Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/28/15
Posts: 8
Loc: Texas
All great feedback....So here is my next question for guys that are purchasing a prefabricated blind or even those that opt for a build your own scenario. What about weight? That always seemed to be the biggest issue I have in my own personal hunting experience. I have hunted every scenario from a deer lease to being very fortunate to hunt family property. With that being said the ability to be mobile is a reality for some hunters. If you purchase a prefabricated blind or go through the DIY scenario and build your own blind what steps do you take if any to maintain portability and how do you go about moving blinds. Sure you can go purchase a pop up style blind, but like me you probably know that is not an ideal scenario for many reasons. I just moved 2 blinds I built myself (4'x4'x5') both are made of plywood with an aluminum cap and window frames with a welded base to raise the blind 10" off the ground and use leveling feet for uneven ground. I would estimate each of those blinds weigh somewhere around 300lbs. Not exactly a 2 man job to lift and maneuver. Thankfully I have access to a good size tractor with a front end loader with forks, so I can pick that blind up and set it on a flatbed trailer and move as necessary.

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