5 Tips For Setting Up Your Deer Blind

Consider location, wind direction, ability to read the trails, concealment and timing when setting up a deer blind.

Setting up a deer blind is one of the most important aspects of deer hunting. Many hunts have hinged on doing this task correctly. A successful hunt is more likely if the hunter will take into consideration a few tips, proven time after time to work.

If the blind is not a ground blind then the hunter should consider all trails a deer may take to arrive at that particular area and consider the range of eyesight for an average deer. The height of the blind must be high enough for all trails, because if they are not, the blind may be in the direct path of the deer's eyesight. A hunter does not want to take the chance of that trophy buck seeing him when all he had to do was raise his blind to the point where the blind is out of eyesight from all trails.

The next factor to consider is the wind direction. Deer have an excellent sense of smell, so with this in mind, the hunter should set the blind downwind from the direction he predicts the deer to come from. Blinds are best set downwind of the smaller trails, because these smaller trails are the ones that larger bucks use. Another place that is usually productive is downwind of where trails intersect.



Being able to read the deer tracks on the trails is important when setting up a blind. If the deer are not there, then the odds of them showing up on hunting day are very slim. When leaves are falling, it may be necessary to rake about 10 yards of the trail to enable the hunter the ability to see the tracks.

Consider concealment when setting up a deer blind. With this in mind, use a deer blind in conjunction with its surroundings. Different types of trees and bushes can offer excellent concealment for a deer blind. Using the surroundings to conceal the deer blind often makes the blind appear as part of the scenery to the deer as it approaches.

One last tip would be to consider the best time to set the deer blind up. The blind should be set up well in advance of the opening of deer season. The earlier blind can be set up the better because the deer will have more time to get used to the blind being in its location. When setting up the blind, attaching several white rags to it can prove to be valuable. The wind blowing the rags around will help the deer become accustomed to movement coming from the direction of the blind and they will not spook so easy when the hunter is actually in the deer blind.

Consider location, wind direction, ability to read the trails, concealment and timing when setting up a deer blind. With all these tips taken seriously, the deer hunter will have a better chance at getting a shot off, or at least getting to see a deer. Remember to take your time, plan and shoot straight should that big buck walk into your sights.

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