I finally decided to plan and build my own elevated deer blind this season. After piling on the hours looking over other blind builds, researching windows and materials, the work finally began. This is my first season having my own deer lease and what I inherited on the portion where I hunt was nothing more than an outhouse that I could not get in. I'm 6'4" and most of my hunting pals are my size or bigger so I took all this into consideration. I decided to start the layout in my garage with full intention of delivering to the lease and building on-site.
I decided to go with an elevated platform utilizing brackets from Elevators LLC (www.elevatorsllc.com
). I also chose to go with windows and the door from The Original Deer Blind Windows Co (https://www.mcssl.com/store/theoriginaldeerblindwindowco
). The wood all came from McCoys here in the Austin area with exception of the 2x3 studs I used for framing the walls.
There are definitely things I could have done better (like the stairs and perhaps fewer windows) but overall I'm happy with it. It's a blind I intend to hunt for years ahead and I wanted to make it comfortable enough for two big guys, my family, etc. The blind is 6x8 with 6'6" minimum clearance inside. I have two different shots out of this blind, one to the north and one to the south. At some point I will probably remove the side windows but for now they are staying. I need to figure out a way to cover those windows to darken the interior a bit.
I'll post progress pics here for you and answer any questions you may have and please feel free to make suggestions or comments! Thank you.