Other than their speed, deer are also popular for their excellent senses of smell and sight. They use these senses for their protection, and should anything, no matter how minute, seem out of place, they will know and make a run for it. That is what makes catching them such a challenge.
They are nonetheless not as smart as we are. To beat the deer at their own game, hunters set up deer blinds, which come in handy in many ways, most important among them being that they provide camouflage. There are several deer blind plans which come with different advantages and setbacks, but all of which nonetheless serve the same purpose. Here are some of the most common types of these blind plans.
1. Natural blinds
These are set up using natural material like wood and branches from trees in the forest. They are very cheap and easy to set up. They are also great since they blend in perfectly with their surroundings, winnings the trust of the deer easily. If the material is however not set up properly, it may not serve the purpose of concealing you efficiently.
2. Box blinds
These blinds resemble a box just like the name suggests. A blind of this kind may come with a range of 1 up to 4 windows and a door. A blind with four windows is however better since it offers you a 3600 view around you. They may also sit firmly on the ground or be elevated. Elevated box blinds may be set up about 12 to 20 feet above the ground, and they have the main advantage of offering a wider range of view. That way, you can spot the deer from a long distance away.
3. Pop-up blinds
These are usually bought ready-made from relevant stores and shops. They are much more efficient, but their efficiency may vary with their features. You may for instance, find one, which has interiors designed to keep your scent from going out and to block shadows or one designed just to conceal you. A blind with better and more efficient features will however come at a higher price, but will serve the purpose better.
4. Tripod blinds
A tripod blind is generally a platform with 3 to 4 legs. It may be elevated a fairly long distance from the ground or just a short one. It may also be open or enclosed, depending on the hunter’s wishes. An enclosed one is however better for protecting you from the weather elements and most importantly for concealing you from the deer.
You as the hunter know your hunting grounds well, and your knowledge should guide you on the type of deer blind plan to choose. Once you have chosen one plan among the various deer blind plans all that is left to do is setting it up.
Picking the right spot
Albeit hunting grounds differ in many ways, there are some factors, which are common to them all. These are the factors, which you should consider when scouting for the best spot to set up your deer blind. One thing you should consider is the landscape. The blind should blend in perfectly with the landscape to avoid raising a lot of suspicion. The best place to set a blind should be among the trees and plants, rather than in an open clearing. It should also be set up near an area where the deer tend to congregate often. It may for instance be near a water spot or their feeding grounds.
Another very important factor to consider is the direction of the wind. As said earlier, deer have an excellent sense of smell, which is aided a lot by the direction of the wind. As such, you should set up the blind downwind of a deer trail so that the wind will carry your scent away from the deer.
In addition, the blind should be set up a long time before the hunting season. This will allow the deer time to familiarize get used to having it around. As said earlier, deer tend to be suspicious of anything that may seem out of place, and setting it up during the hunting season will make them scared of being around it. They may even change their feeding or congregating spots altogether. Once you have done all this, all you will need now is your hunting equipment and hunting skills. You may just end up bagging one if you are good at it, if not, it will be a good learning experience.