Maybe you’re a “run and gun” style turkey hunter who says that blinds are too cumbersome, or too difficult to set up. Well, I’d have to guess you haven’t checked out newer models, some weighing less than five pounds and setting themselves up with little more than a shake from you.
I love hunting out of a blind. Although I can sit reasonably still for long periods, I have a knack of making a thoughtless movement at the exact moment a turkey can see me. Also, I like to hunt long hours for turkeys, and I might even be guilty of reading in the blind. Okay, truth be told, I’ve had my laptop in the blind, to get some work done while experiencing a little “guilt-free” hunting.
When you start shopping for a blind you’ll have some choices to make.
Some blinds are just enough for one person and gear. There’s room for a chair, a small backpack, and enough space to shoulder a shotgun. But if you’re hunting with a compound bow, you may want to be able to stand up to draw. If you’re hunting with a crossbow, you need a certain amount of space on either side of you to maneuver.
Types and Number of Windows
Some windows have shoot-thru netting, some have windows that attach with zippers or Velcro. Some blinds have one large window on each side; some have windows in the corners and/or all the way around. Again, consider what you’ll be using. I like to hunt with a compound bow, and I like diamond-shaped windows that make it easier to aim down with the bow. I shoot expandable broad heads so I don’t use shoot-thru netting. But I do want windows with netting, to help keep the bugs from joining me.
A one-person blind, such as the Ameristep Gunner Ground Blind, barely wiggles the scales at 4.5 pounds. The majority of two or four-person blinds are in the 15 to 20-pounds range. That’s fine if there are two or several of you, so that someone else is carrying other gear such as decoys. Will you be hunting public or private ground? On public land you’ll be toting the blind in and out; you may leave it in place on private land, so weight is not a factor.
Type of Camouflage, Exterior and Interior
I live in northeastern Pennsylvania. In spring the laurel bushes are green but the trees are barely starting to get leaves when turkey season comes around. I like to pick a camouflage that is fairly light in general; in other words, I don’t want my blind to look like a big dark blob. I like blinds that include areas on the outside for attaching foliage, so that it “moves” on windy days. Some blind interiors are black, and you’ll need to wear black clothing inside.