Rusted antiquity or a great hunting blind?

Nobody likes to see junk, but it’s a familiar sight across the landscape, especially in rural settings. Some junk is unsightly, like a discarded refrigerator alongside a gravel road, but rusty farm implements and even trucks from the early 20th century remind us of past heritage. As you pass by junk take pause. That vestige of yesteryear has the possibility to be your next, best hunting blind ever.        

A common complaint among hunters is the fact animals detect something new in their environment, like a recently deployed hunting blind. Some animals spook at the sight like a flighty whitetail. Although not as flighty as a whitetail, even some paranoid turkeys may look cautiously at your new hide. Of course you can always preplace a blind days or weeks in advance of a hunt to allow animals time for acceptance. Another option is to hunker in the artifacts of days gone by.

Take inventory of your hunting property for any heaps of old fence posts, tarnished plows, deteriorating farmsteads or neglected livestock shelters. Those that rest along field edges, down woodland paths or left forgotten in woodlots all hold promise as places to duck behind, or against. Put some sweat equity into some scattered refuse and you can even fabricate a hide by stacking, or aligning discarded equipment. You can disappear as you meld into the framework of the leftovers, especially with a downwind advantage for game with superior olfactory senses. 

Since the junk likely has been a prominent fixture since before you or your quarry was born, most animals won’t give the scraps a second glance. Some, like an old Oldsmobile with a broken window, may even give you a seat with a rain cover overhead. Prop a hunting chair just inside a dilapidated barn and you have a comfortable hideout with environmental protection. Remember to be careful to check that your hide won’t cut you or collapse. And if your plan is to alter anything, get permission from the landowner. 

Even if your junkyard doesn’t afford a relaxing resting spot you can still utilize the accepted feature to secure a manufactured ground blind. A blind blended against an old threshing machine won’t be noticed and you will have plenty of anchor points to assure it will be there after a wind event.

There’s no debate that some junk has an unpleasant appearance on the countryside, but before you shun the sight, review it for your next hunting hiding place.  

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