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How Hunting Blinds Work

Types of Hunting Blinds

­There are many varieties of blinds­ out there on the market, but they all serve the same purpose: concealment. Types of hunting blinds include:

  • Portable blinds -- These often open from the top for easy hunting access. They're designed to be moved when the target animals move, so you aren't stuck out there in your blind with nothing to do.
  • Pop-up blinds -- These are lightweight blinds that "pop" open when you need them and can then be folded back up for storage.
  • Duck blinds -- These come in multiple varieties that are designed for use in or around water. Duck blinds can be temporary or permanent and can conceal hunters or larger items, like boats.
  • Deer blinds -- Deer hunters have many more options than other hunters. They can use portable or pop-up blinds. But hard-core deer hunters may go for something more sophisticated. Options include tripod blinds (which give you a 360-degree view in open areas), box blinds (a box with windows) and tower/elevated blinds (contraptions built aboveground that are freestanding or built into existing trees).
  • Goose blinds--These look kind of like sleeping bags, but they're not intended for resting. They give you easy access to geese that are flying right above you.

To entice hunters, blind-makers have added comfort to modern designs. Blinds can come with adjustable padded seats and headrests, doggie doors, multiple cover options and waterproofing. They can also be designed to blend into wooded areas or to look like stone piles, hay bales or haystacks [source: Wildfowl].

But if you don't want to spend money on hunting blinds, you don't have to. Read on to learn how to make your own hiding place.