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Any advice on pop up blinds? Ive seen them around some but never bought one or hunted out of one. Normally im "buy once cry once" but not on this. They mostly may just be used for one year or so and dont want to invest a lot. The plan is to utilize several towers that I have and put a wooden platform on them and then the popup on that for bow hunting. Eventually I have a plan to get creative with multiple options to put on the platform thats still light weight but more substantial than the popup. The pop up is just a quick fix in the interest of not enough time to do what I want for long term. The platform will likely be just over 5' across so the 6' diameter one Bucees has for $99 wont work. Likely will come up through a trap door in the wooden floor.
Brand? Size? Shape? Im hoping to go cheap moneywise. We would take down after the season.


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That size is gonna be more difficult, most of the ones i have used are 6x6 for multiple people.

For cost consciousness, the HME/muddy blinds are not bad. Can be had somewhat regularly on camofire for 130ish. Not sure on sizes available.
For durability, rhinoblinds or bullblinds will be best, but cost in the high 300 ramge. Too spendy for me for a popup.

Cabelas brand isnt bad and could he decent price.

Edit: just looked at cabelas online and the muddy 2 person is sized to fit that base and would work well.
Canelas brand also has several options that would work well.

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The Ameristep Doghouse is 60x60x68H. It usually goes for around $70-80 or so. If you can master the fold up, it folds easily. You Tube has excellent videos on how to do it. I shot my antelope out of one, so if it can hide you from an antelope, it will hide you from a deer. Ameristep’s customer service was excellent for me when gale force winds snapped one of my support poles. At that price you can buy two.

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Re: Pop up blinds- Im shopping [Re: freerange] #8379118 09/08/21 11:06 PM
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Well, I got a new plan already. I figured out I can use the old wood fence panels that are coming down at my house for the floor on top of the towers. I can make them 6'x6' so I can use a 6'x6' pop up. I really like buying Bucees stuff and I think their pop up is $99 for a 6' x 6'. I dont assume they are top of the line but any hunting stuff I have got at Bucees is at least adequate and thats all I need for this project. Any comments on Bucees pop ups or any other advice? 6x6 is really too big it seems but it really is easy to grab em at Bucees since Im in there every trip. TXBuck and Huskerron I appreciate your feedback for sure.

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I say that is a good plan


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Re: Pop up blinds- Im shopping [Re: Huskerron] #8379242 09/09/21 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Huskerron
The Ameristep Doghouse is 60x60x68H. It usually goes for around $70-80 or so. If you can master the fold up, it folds easily. You Tube has excellent videos on how to do it. I shot my antelope out of one, so if it can hide you from an antelope, it will hide you from a deer. Ameristep’s customer service was excellent for me when gale force winds snapped one of my support poles. At that price you can buy two.

I have 2 Doghouse blinds, one was left out for 2-3 entire seasons, a bit faded but still works fine.

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I like the look of the Dog House. Im still scratching my head on options so more feedback welcome.


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I don't think 6x6 is too big when you're bowhunting. It's nice to have room in there to move around and get the right angles and have plenty of room to draw.


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Free, if you get the Doghouse, suggest you be careful when first opening it as there is tension on the folded blind and it may spring out much faster than expected. A bloody lip or nose can occur, according to what a "friend" told me.

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Good point Jake - Like I said all of those spring steel blinds are a PITA until you figure out how to fold and unfold them. Once you do, I actually think they are easier than my one hub blind. However, each year I have to go back to you tube and refresh this old man's memory. On the opening, I've never come close to a bloody nose but I've come close to knocking a shoulder mount off the wall when opening in the man cave.

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Well, I’ll be opening it 20’ in the air on a 5’8” x 5’8” old wood fence platform, so I need to grab a limb to hold onto when opening……. bolt


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Hope it is a strong limb.............

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As I think about this, opening any groundblind 20 feet in the air that is about as big as the platform would really intimidate me from a safety standpoint. I would make sure I am totally familiar with how it opens. Make sure I did it on a day with no wind (not sure those happen in Texas or Nebraska). And if you can utilize a tree harness while doing it, I would. I’ll be using mine this week hunting antelope. I’ll think of what it would be like 20 feet in the air while doing it but I would really hate to see someone fall.

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I need to buy pretty quick. As usual I put WAAAAAAYYY too much on my plate of stuff to do and I really dont want to take much time to research this.
Im leaning towards the Ameristep Doghouse blind cause of low price and somewhat smaller size. I may only use one year so i want cheap and I like the slightly smaller size for my particular smaller platforms they are going on.
Anyone know where I can go to actually put my hands on one of those blinds so I can check it out good??? I dont want to even take time to try to google cause yall are usually faster and easier. Thanks in advance. Im still open to other ideas also, but I want smaller than 6x6 and under $100.


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I’m pretty sure Academy carries it, if you have one close by I’d head there. I got a pop up from Amazon last season for $80ish and it worked well. It was a pita taking it down to put back in the box but I think most can be. I don’t remember name/brand but I can take a look and let you know.


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Medic, I would appreciate it.


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Here ya go.

Barronett Blinds RA200BW Radar... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BE8ERDC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share


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Thanks, medic, Ill check it out.
I just went to Academy and they had numerous choices. Since its likely a one year and done need, I am trying to go cheap. I also want it about 60" squared to 64" square. Are the hubstyle generally considered more durable, or at least hold up better in the wind...? As opposed to, I guess, those spring loaded circle kinda thingys that seem like they are real light weight...?


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I’ve only ever used ones similar to the barronett pop up. Someone else may have some feedback on the others.


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Too bad you don’t have Dunham’s Sports in Texas free range. They have the Doghouse blinds for $54.95 with their Internet coupon. You’ll never get a decent blind for less but it says in store only. Light is not necessarily bad for some applications. For your application, it would seem like you would want to attach them to your platform anyway. As regards wind resistance, I lost one tent pole on one of my Doghouse blinds which snapped last year in 65 mph winds. Ameristep replaced it for free. The week before last, I totaled a Barronett 250 hub blind in similar winds while hunting antelope. I use tent stakes and the wind pulled out all 8 stakes. It hit a plow which ripped it severely.

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Yep, I’ll be attaching it to a wooden platform on a rifle blind type tower. Not sure how I’m gonna attach but wind shouldn’t blow it away unless it rips out of however I attach it.


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I’m not real handy with my hands but I would think some sort of screw in eye hooks or something like that. Maybe something with a little give to it would make it easier on the blind but you don’t want it moving around and making noise. That’s why I fasten down the corners and the sides.

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I assume they all have something substantial along the lower edges to fasten to. Thanks Huskeron for following along with my concerns for details.


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The.corners have tent stake loops at bottom. The sides have small parachute cord attachments in the center of the section.

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If I was in dfw area where would I go to see some pop ups that were already set up.


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