Blind Usage Dos and Don’ts

During the past 20 years, since the first Double Bull blinds came out, any questions about whether pop-up blinds work for turkey hunting have been answered.

I like to use blinds in many situations, including filming, bowhunting, guiding children, guiding multiple hunters or when I plan to hunt a spot for a long time. I’ll use them while hunting open areas, in spots that lack sufficient cover or when I might encounter multiple birds. I guide several hunters for Osceolas each spring, and most of those birds are taken from Double Bull blinds. Comfort, safety and the ability to sit for long durations are important, but ensuring turkeys have no clue after the shot about what happened also ranks high.

I really enjoy blind hunting with young or novice hunters. It makes the experience much more enjoyable for newbies, letting them ask questions, move around, look through the binoculars, practice with the weapon, or even sleep, read, play cards and use a mobile device. I want to make sure those youngsters want to hunt again, and blinds help make that possible.

Hunting from blinds is easy. Brush them in when you can. However, I’ve successfully hunted from a blind on a golf course with no cover. I try to put them up a week or so in advance, but I carry one constantly during spring and will pop it up and hunt from it on a whim. I try to set up in the shade, covered and positioned so I can shoot a gobbler when he first sees the blind. However, I’ve had them strut in from hundreds of yards away with a full view of the blind.

I use Double Bull blinds constantly during spring and fall in all situations, but I never jump out of the blind until all birds are out of sight. There’s no sense in educating turkeys about what a blind is.

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