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5 Tips for Selecting a Deer Hunting Blind

You have your rifle or bow.  You have your boots, pack and gear.  You have the perfect weather, the day off, and finally you have the opportunity to get outdoors and hunt for turkey, ducks or deer.  These moments don’t come along nearly enough in our lives, so when they do, be prepared.  Make sure you have all of the right equipment ready to go.  Having a ground blind can be a huge advantage to the experienced hunter. However, having the wrong ground blind can turn your hunt into a goose chase.

As you set out to purchase your ground blind this year, here are a few things to consider before pulling the trigger to purchase:

1.)    Is the ground blind easy to assemble?  Once you have found that perfect spot to set up, you can’t exactly break out the power tools and start making a lot of commotion.  The ground blind you select should be easily assembled, with pop up features that hold steady.  A good rule of thumb is that it should take 15 seconds or less to assemble your blind, otherwise you are better off without one at all.

2.)    Can you add brush to the outside of your ground blind quickly and easily?  Can you attach branches and leaves to blend into the background?  If you are hunting birds, the blind itself will suffice without the attachments.  However, if deer is your target, you will have to put a little more elbow grease into it.  Check out the new product from Spider Gear that makes brushing in a blind much easier. The right blend of branches and leaves along the camouflaged exterior can make your blind invisible.

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3.)    Size matters.  Is your blind big enough for your intended use?  Ask yourself whether it will be just you in the blind, or will you frequently have a friend or two with you.  If you are bow hunting, or working with a rifle, is there enough room for you, your guest and your weapons?  Cramped quarters can lead to accidental drops and potentially fatal misfires.  Give yourself room to breathe and move a little.

4.)    Can it be taken down quickly so you can move with your target?  The take down is just as important as the set up in terms of causing as little commotion as possible.  Once you have acquired your prey, the last thing you want to do is scare them off before you can make your move.

5.)    How quiet are your windows?  This is one of the most often overlooked features about various models of ground blinds.  Once you are inside, you will need to raise and lower the windows of the blind over and over in order to keep pace with your moving targets.  Being quiet in the deer hunting blind is very important and you can find more tips on hunting from ground blinds at deerpros.com .Velcro windows are easy to maneuver. But that ripping sound will reverberate throughout the wild when you are trying to maintain silence.  A good solid zipper is a tight seal against the elements, but also makes one heck of a noise when it is zipped and unzipped, zipped and unzipped, etc.  A popular choice for window closures is magnets.  Magnets can withstand the weather, they are unaffected by moisture, and they are silent as they clasp one another.

Taking care to make good choices at the beginning of the process, at the point of purchase, will allow you to save on all kinds of headaches later on.