texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Lonestar97, Johnny Dyer, mt1611, johnjake, Seatruckn
65802 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 94,402
bill oxner 57,634
stxranchman 55,239
SnakeWrangler 47,211
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,436
BMD 41,029
Big Orn 37,484
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics438,170
Posts6,358,225
Members65,802
Most Online16,728
Mar 25th, 2012
Print Thread
Erecting your blind tower #7582121 08/17/19 10:41 AM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 636
Reloder28 Offline OP
Tracker
OP Offline
Tracker
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 636
I have a 5’ tower base. It is pretty lightweight. My blind is a 4’ square one of these: www.blynd.com

How would you get the blind atop the tower & erected safely?

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582127 08/17/19 11:14 AM
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 86
P
Pootie Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
P
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 86
Assemble on ground? Weight? Front end loader or a buddy if not too heavy.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582131 08/17/19 11:26 AM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 4,706
S
snake oil Online Content
Extreme Tracker
Online Content
Extreme Tracker
S
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 4,706
Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582134 08/17/19 11:34 AM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 757
F
Flashprism Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
F
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 757
Assemble blind complete where you want it located. Stake ground contact legs so the blind cannot slide as it is pulled. Use a gin pole as noted in video that lifts blind up off the ground as you pull with vehicle. Make sure you have control as noted by atv so it does not flip forward when it reaches apex
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIF-u9S2PwQ

We have raised using my bucket loader to start lift then used truck to pull up the rest of the way. Again stake legs down and have restraint so it will not fall forward at apex

[Linked Image]

Last edited by Flashprism; 08/17/19 11:40 AM.
Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582192 08/17/19 01:59 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 2,502
CharlieCTx Online Content
Veteran Tracker
Online Content
Veteran Tracker
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 2,502
They're only about 100 pounds and given your stand height, should be nothing to it. You'll certainly want to anchor it good.


Kel-Tec RFB + Griffin Sportsman Ultra Light 300 + Pulsar Apex XQ-50
M&P-10 + AAC Cyclone
Remy 700 + Leupold VX3 3.5x10x50 CDS
Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582231 08/17/19 02:57 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 5,196
T
Texas buckeye Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
T
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 5,196
Yeah with what you are doing, erect the base and then just lift the blind up and put it on. Those are light enough to do that way and with a 5’ tower it should not be a problem.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Texas buckeye] #7582255 08/17/19 04:16 PM
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 92
H
Hudbone Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
H
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 92
Bolt together the stand and set it up. Back a pick up to it with the screwed together Blynd in the bed. Lift the Blynd on top. Done. Two guys can easily move it around if adjustment of Blynd position necessary. We've carried them around with ten foot stands and the Blynd attached.

The Blynd does have a tendency to rattle in the wind, but these things are amazingly sturdy after you put in the thousand screws (seems like it). Do not forego t-post on each leg or install a center mobile home tie down.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582266 08/17/19 04:34 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,542
C
ckat Online Content
Pro Tracker
Online Content
Pro Tracker
C
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,542
Originally Posted by snake oil
Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.


I would recommend not just t-posting the legs. A little wind at the top of that blind provides a lot of leverage, even on a short tower. I would recommend guy wires out to t-post at the height of the tower away from each corner. Ask me how I know...

[Linked Image]

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582281 08/17/19 05:05 PM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 4,706
S
snake oil Online Content
Extreme Tracker
Online Content
Extreme Tracker
S
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 4,706
Or best is to cut off a mesquite a foot off the ground, wrap chain around tree and connect to large eye bolt screwed under stand into 2x4 and tighten with come-a-long. No other guys needed.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: snake oil] #7582288 08/17/19 05:17 PM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 94,402
dogcatcher Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 94,402
Originally Posted by snake oil
Or best is to cut off a mesquite a foot off the ground, wrap chain around tree and connect to large eye bolt screwed under stand into 2x4 and tighten with come-a-long. No other guys needed.


X2


Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________



Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582391 08/17/19 08:44 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 113
2
25-06Man Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
2
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 113
The one I had I set stand then lifted blind by hand two people can do it easily then bolt to stand. I used a mobile home tie down put dead center of stand and put a eye-bolt in each corner of blind then ran two cables from corners opposite each other with a turn buckle on cable and connected to tie-down tighten turn buckle till it’s rigid. My survived two hurricanes and lots of wind it will not hold up in a fire. Had mine for over 10 yrs.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: snake oil] #7582399 08/17/19 08:57 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 55,239
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 55,239
Originally Posted by snake oil
Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.

I have done them like this out of the back of pickup, but buy a trailer house tie down and put one in the middle to tie it down. If to rocky set it over a green cedar or mesquite and cut the tops of the tree and tie it to the trunk. Leave some green limbs if you can so the stump lives. The root system will hold the blind upright.



Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7586217 08/22/19 05:10 AM
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 16,457
T
Txduckman Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 16,457
Gin pole

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: ckat] #7591109 08/27/19 06:32 PM
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 31,713
R
redchevy Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
R
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 31,713
Originally Posted by ckat
Originally Posted by snake oil
Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.


I would recommend not just t-posting the legs. A little wind at the top of that blind provides a lot of leverage, even on a short tower. I would recommend guy wires out to t-post at the height of the tower away from each corner. Ask me how I know...

[Linked Image]

Drive the T-post in at same angle as the leg right next to the leg then wire securely. Have several blinds on 10-foot stands that made it through the aftermath of several huricanes in south texas with no issues. One is a 4x8.


It's hell eatin em live
Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7591285 08/27/19 09:33 PM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,009
R
Ranch Dog Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
R
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,009
Chat, you are putting in your t-posts wrong. Hurricane Harvey's eye went right over my place. All three of my tower blinds did not fail. When I go out into the pasture, I will get a picture of how to do it.

As a note, with tropical weather or a hurricane, I fill my feeders and use sheet metal screws to secure the tops. No problems with that either.

Last edited by Ranch Dog; 08/27/19 09:34 PM.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: dogcatcher] #7591326 08/27/19 10:41 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 3,170
K
krmitchell Online Content
Veteran Tracker
Online Content
Veteran Tracker
K
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 3,170
Originally Posted by dogcatcher
Originally Posted by snake oil
Or best is to cut off a mesquite a foot off the ground, wrap chain around tree and connect to large eye bolt screwed under stand into 2x4 and tighten with come-a-long. No other guys needed.


X2


Done the same with a single tpost driven really deep. Then drill and hole and cable through.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7591449 08/28/19 12:33 AM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,009
R
Ranch Dog Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
R
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,009
Old guys "learned" me this a long time ago, now I'm an old guy and haven't lost a blind yet. Drive the T-posts into the ground, parallel to the leg angle. The posts won't be up tight against the legs because you need room for the T-post driver. That's a good thing as you will cinch them up to the tower legs with heavy brace wire which places a lot of pressure on keeping things put.

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

This blind has been in place since 2005; it has seen all kinds of weather. It was on my San Antonio River ranch from 1991 until 2005. There during a tropical storm, the River rose to where the water was just below the floor. The River was two miles wide at that point. I'm not sure why a tree or something didn't whack it, but it held against the substantial flow.

I've had three of these blinds in place for the same period of time. No damage from anything.


Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7591456 08/28/19 12:46 AM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 943
W
Walkabout Online Content
Tracker
Online Content
Tracker
W
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 943
As previously stated, Stakes on the legsl and a CENTER GUY WIRE are very effective. Pick up an auger anchor at TS and auger all the way in. Wire cable with a turnbuckle will allow you to tighten up over time.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7592301 08/28/19 09:45 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,178
S
Schpanky Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
S
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,178
I like to cut down a good sized tree and set up over top of the stump to use as my center anchor point...cinch down with an hd turnbuckle and your set...not had one blow over since i started doing this...FYI....a stump with a Y works best...I stil tie some rope to other stumps in several directions but I don't think it's necessary

[Linked Image]

Last edited by Schpanky; 08/28/19 09:47 PM.
Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Ranch Dog] #7592309 08/28/19 09:56 PM
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 320
R
rolyat.nosaj Offline
Bird Dog
Offline
Bird Dog
R
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 320
Originally Posted by Ranch Dog
Old guys "learned" me this a long time ago, now I'm an old guy and haven't lost a blind yet. Drive the T-posts into the ground, parallel to the leg angle. The posts won't be up tight against the legs because you need room for the T-post driver. That's a good thing as you will cinch them up to the tower legs with heavy brace wire which places a lot of pressure on keeping things put.

This blind has been in place since 2005; it has seen all kinds of weather. It was on my San Antonio River ranch from 1991 until 2005. There during a tropical storm, the River rose to where the water was just below the floor. The River was two miles wide at that point. I'm not sure why a tree or something didn't whack it, but it held against the substantial flow.

I've had three of these blinds in place for the same period of time. No damage from anything.


When I use to hunt out of blinds, years ago, this is what I would do to the stands and feeders. It worked great. Even kept the stupid cows from knocking them over.

Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7592673 08/29/19 11:15 AM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,009
R
Ranch Dog Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
R
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,009
I had a hunter use the mobile home anchor under center. It didn't work during a tropical storm, and not a bad one at that. The ground got saturated, the wind came up. All it needs is a little bit to get it started over and it will buckle the downwind legs to get it started over. The T-post anchored as depicted not only anchors it but reinforces the legs.

To each their own. Three blinds up since 2005 without issue. If you don't count the move when I sold and bought another ranch, up since 1991. I do move the blinds every couple years, pull the posts and reset them at the new location. I use the pallet forks on my tractor's front-end loader, but that would not work with a small tractor. I've had my blinds since 1991, and have laid them down and back up dozens of times by myself using rope and a 2x4x12 or 16. I walk them up a little at a time with the help of my truck. The box is attached to the tower when I do this.

I've also pulled the boxes off about every five or six years to replace the floors and seal the seams of the blind. If I cannot get the loader to where I placed the blind, I lay them over on my own as described. I have no help.


Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3