Building your own hunting blind can be rewarding, and it's a great way to get children involved in the hunting process. Before heading out, consider bringing along some helpful items:
- Scissors or a knife
- Twine, string or rope
- Burlap sacks
- Camouflage netting
Once you're out in the hunting grounds, look for a location that already has a naturally hidden feel to it -- like a small patch of trees or an incline. You can use tree stumps, hollows or large boulders as a good starting point. Gather tree limbs and leaves to use as cover. By breaking off fresh limbs instead of gathering dead ones from the ground, you can help to cover your own scent. When the limbs are broken, they will release their scent into the area [source: Hunting Blind Plans].
If you've seen hunting blinds at local stores or online, you can try to copy their shape or style. If you're building your own blind, however, you're probably ready to let your creativity run wild. Some things to consider when building:
- It's a good idea to build on the ground. Homemade blinds are much safer when they're anchored to the earth. After some practice and research, you can try aboveground blinds.
- Be sure to leave one or two holes for your gun and for viewing. It's all too easy to get carried away and forget you actually need to see out of the blind.
- Sitting or lying on the ground for long periods of time can be incredibly uncomfortable. It's a good idea to build your blind large enough to accommodate some kind of chair.
- Remember that whatever you're building is probably not going to be waterproof. Prepare for weather problems in advance by bringing raingear [source: Hunting Blind Plans].
Now that you have some ideas for hunting blinds, read on to learn how to use them properly.