Choosing the Right Hunting Blind
Primos, Ameristep, Avery… the list of hunting blind manufacturers could literally fill just about an entire page. The bottom line, however, is no matter the make or model blinds can be a hunters best friend during turkey season.
I personally use a Primos Double Bull since I have young kids and a blind makes it much easier to conceal movement, which is the main purpose. But, I have hunted out of just about every other kind of blind made and can tell you theyre worth the price, especially when hunting with kids.
Blinds these days are easy to set up, lightweight and extremely portable. My Primos case has padded backpack straps to allow for easy transport and, unfortunately, doesnt weigh much more than the hunting pack I carry with me. Another great asset is they come in just about any size or camo pattern you can imagine. Small, single-man blinds to large-capacity blinds that are big enough to hold three grown men comfortably are the norm. Since there are so many choices, Ive put a list below to help narrow down your selection:
Usage. This is the main consideration when choosing a blind. If you plan on having more than one person with you when you hunt, for instance, youll obviously want a larger size than if youre hunting by yourself. I definitely recommend the largest size available for hunting with kids. It gives them room to wallow on those long afternoon sits.
Budget. If youre in the market for a blind, you should know that you typically get what you pay for. Ive had blinds that I paid less than $150 for, but they tore up within a season or two. On the other hand, the blind I paid more than $300 for has lasted for the last five years and although its beginning to show some wear and tear, its still in great shape.
Camo patterna. Just like choosing camo clothing to wear before a hunt, the same consideration should be kept in mind when choosing a pattern for your blind. I have a blind I use for early deer season that has a greener pattern and a darker pattern blind for later in the season. Regardless, if you only want or need one blind, make sure its a pattern that will blend in well to the surroundings.
Setup. When I first bought my blind, it had a manufactured smell to it. To remedy the situation, I set it up in the backyard and sprayed it down with scent killer. This worked great as a short-term solution, but leaving it set up in the yard for a couple weeks will allow it to air out and gather some of the natural outdoor smells. A soaking rain works wonders for washing it off.
Even though blinds can be expensive, theyre definitely worth the investment. Theyre easy to set up and provide a great way to enjoy hunting if you have more than one person or are hunting with kids. They provide cover in a rainstorm and give the hunter the advantage of sitting through a downpour. And given the way theyre made these days, you can replace just about any part of the blind that may break or tear and can use them during any hunting season.
— Matt Coffey