Aside from offering superior concealment, a portable ground blind offers other great benefits over more permanent structures. Because they allow a hunter to move without fear of scaring off the quarry, a long time of waiting doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or exposed to the elements. Let’s discuss the practicalities of portable hunting blinds and how to maximize their advantages.
A Blind in a Tree Isn’t Always Practical
A portable blind is not only light and sturdy but also can suit the proper color and style for the environment. The classic camo pattern and square shape, for example, won’t work well in an open field where turkeys might be foraging. For those instances, domed straw-colored blinds work best.
If you are a bowhunter, a portable blind for that purpose has ample room to fully stretch without giving away your position. Comfort is key for a long wait, but having a good hunting blind chair can help. Nothing will sour a trip faster than realizing that you’ve got a long wait and your shelter is inadequate for changing weather.
Blinds Let You Plan for Success
Remember that new smell is bad smell and so is disturbing too much of a trodden path. Prey have been stalked all their lives and they have honed their skills to a pinpoint. If they see or hear or even get a whiff of something off, they will follow their instincts and change up their routine.
New portable blinds can be set up well in advance. This ability to set up early and quickly means the blind can spend time outside to mask the manufacturing smell and to make it part of the environment.
Animals at first will shy away from anything new or different in their paths or feeding zones but will in time come to settle down if they deem the item non-threatening. It is, therefore, always prudent to set up a new blind in your hunting area well before you intend to hunt. Take care, of course, to not to let the animals spot you.
Determine when the animal you are hunting is not active and setup then. That might mean a trudge in the dark with a flashlight before dawn or after sunset. Most portable blinds have convenient cords that help hold brush and local vegetation in place for a natural camouflage. Be generous with the materials taken from the set-up site.
Change of Location? No Problem
Portability means options. Whether going after turkeys or deer, find the most active spot that will give you the best view and multiple shooting lanes. Look for feeding areas, well used paths, and choke points that reduce the avenues for the quarry to maneuver.
Setting up within a tree line or with high grass and brush can improve stealth especially with the sharp-eyed turkey. Sometimes an area might flood or some other hazard or situation has come into play. Portable blinds allow you to change a location easily if need be.
Once you find the ideal spot that will trick the quarry to practically walk into your lap, it’s crucial to check the prevailing winds and sun position. Keep nature behind you. If you find that the location is no longer down wind and the sunlight is turning your peep hole into a beacon when it hits your glasses, portable blinds allow for efficient relocation.
More than one blind can also conveniently increase the odd of a successful trip. The question is often whether you intend to hunt early morning, afternoon, or late evening. If you can’t decide or want to maximize potential, then setting up two portable locations might be worth the time.
Blinds Hide You But Not Your Pheromones
Portable hunting blinds can be marked with scent attractants but don’t forget that they can’t conceal your eau de human. For all the advantages that portable blinds offer, don’t be remiss in preparing yourself. Hide yourself with a mask or face makeup to blend into the dark recesses of the blind. Dark clothing or clothing fitting the environment is best to use the blind’s advantage to the fullest.
Even if the location is downwind, it’s best not to take chances with too much human scent marks. Avoid strong scented soaps, detergents, and toothpaste. There are plenty of soaps and shampoos designed to mask human odor and to rid clothes of the smells of civilization.
Baking soda works well for keeping the teeth clean and won’t leave a lingering odor. After washing, keep hunting clothes in a plastic bag until you get to the site. Once there, it’s good practice to rub yourself with the local flora, dirt, and debris in the same way you hid the blind with the surrounding vegetation.
Things might go south anyway, but remember that a portable blind can be quickly moved to a more suitable area.
Multiple Portables Can Save the Day
Don’t let them see you skulking. Portable blinds allow you to get in and get out without detection if you are wise and cautious. Though critters have their routines, they are never truly off their guard. They may have accepted the well-placed blind as part of the ever-changing landscape, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t watching, smelling, and listening. To stay alive, they must be paranoid.
Once one animal in the group has identified your entrances and exits by scent, sight, or sound, they will raise the alarm to warn others and not return. They will remember you, too. Patience is your advantage. Be prepared to wait well after sundown to leave or to arrive before sunrise to start the day.
As an added precaution, setting up a portable blind in alternate locations ahead of time can salvage a trip if a deer has uncovered your plans at one site or the elements have created problems.
Convenience, speed, and precautionary measures are all important to bringing home a perfect prize. Portable blinds offer maneuverability without compromising on comfort or camouflage.