Long post here. Been thinking and working towards this for years.
For the past 5 years Iíve been primarily hunting from a 5x5 home-built metal "blind" I built on shoe-string budget.
Itís worked fine, and Iíve killed some good deer from it. But, itís pretty noisy, not too dry or warm, and real tight with more than one person. With two kiddos who like to hunt with daddy, Iíve been dreaming several years about a blind big enough to hold the whole family of 4, and built in such a way that it was warm for kiddos, and tight to keep critters out.
I started out thinking Iíd build what I wanted. But, once I added up all my materials it resulted in a pretty healthy number, and that didnít even include my time. So, I started researching other options. That research eventually led me to fiberglass. Fiberglass has many advantages for a deer blind shell: strong, light, wonít ever rot or rust, and somewhat affordable when looking at the long term. I set out analyzing all the fiberglass blind builders out there, and one builder rose to the top in my view: Boss Game Systems.
Boss builds them right. They do a few things that I didnít see in others. I reached out to Boss to see if they were interested in building what I had designed: a custom 5x8 with a modified trapezoidal front shooting wall. They were game, so we got things moving. I gave these guys a total custom request along with a dimensioned drawing. They responded by building exactly what I requested.
Once I got her home, it was time for my own customizations to begin. I added a 12V electrical system, kept charged by solar panel, powering white overhead LED lights (night time pack up), green under-shelf LED lights (pre-dawn morning arrival or predator calling), a Power port/cell phone charges. I built out side shelves, upper storage shelves, stall mat floor and shelf liner, and window screens on the back windows.
Iím pleased. This one will be miles better with the kiddos. Next I need to weld up the tower, will placing it in August. Should be an upgrade over what I have currently, and should last a while. I was so pleased with the blind I added Boss to the Weaverbilt family of vendors and Iím now a dealer. If anybody wants to talk fiberglass blinds shoot me a PM or give me a call.