20 Portable Duck Blinds

With today's array of portable blinds, waterfowlers can be more mobile than ever

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Photo © Michael Kleinwolterink

by Gary Koehler

After spending countless hours in temporary blinds made of everything from burlap sacks to driftwood to palm fronds, I've learned firsthand there is more than one way to hide from the prying eyes of waterfowl. 

Today's mobile duck and goose hunters are blessed with a plethora of choices when it comes to portable concealment. Although one story can't feature every blind on the market, following is a solid mix that will give you an idea of the options available today. Take a look. Perhaps you will find something that matches your waterfowl hunting needs this season.

1. Avery M-2 Ground Blind Built for Comfort

Hunters looking for a roomier ground blind will like Avery Outdoors' M-2 (Migrator-2). Its elongated doors measure 51 ½ inches, and the cockpit is 25 inches wide. The 22-pound M-2 folds easily for transport and has a padded ergonomic seat, zippered flag ports, stubble straps, quick-close door pulls, and a powder-coated aluminum frame. The M-2 is available in Avery KW-1 and Mossy Oak Shadow Grass.averyoutdoors.com

2. Drake's Stake-Out Blind Meant to Get Wet

Drake's Stake-Out Blind will keep you high and dry. Made of rugged polyethylene, the 60-pound Stake-Out measures 7 feet long, 35 inches wide, and 14 inches deep; the cockpit is 23 inches wide and 47 inches long. This blind is built for all types of shallow-water hunting and comes with built-in stretch cord brush straps, backrest, dry-box, and flip-tops with brush straps. drakewaterfowl.com

3. Aero Outdoors Improves Blind Design

Aero Outdoors has improved its portable, two-man Maximus blind. Made of square tubing and mesh fabric, the Maximus transports easily and assembles quickly. Its modular design allows two blinds to be joined together to accommodate more hunters. The blind's front cover, which provides excellent concealment, flips forward when it's time to shoot. aerooutdoors.com

4. Beavertail Provides Boat Blind Options

Beavertail boat blinds provide from three to five closable shooting ports. The telescopic frame is adjustable, and there is no need to drill holes in your boat. These blinds, however, are made exclusively for use with mud motors rather than standard outboards. fisherbeavertail.com

5. Final Approach SUB Goes the Distance

Final Approach's Eliminator Sport Utility Blind (SUB) is similar in size and design to the Pro Guide model but collapses to 36 inches wide by 25 inches long. The SUB has a rust-free aluminum frame, original lid system with sewn-in face mesh, waterproof floor, side-flagging ports, and padded rests for your head and gun. It measures 85 inches long, 36 inches wide, and 18 inches high. fabrand.com

6. Float-N-Tote Accommodates Four Hunters

The Float-N-Tote will seat four hunters and is at home on land or water. Weighing less than 300 pounds, this portable hide measures 5 feet wide, 9 feet long, and 2 feet high. The blind's all-weather Cordura top is available in several camouflage patterns. The base can haul guns, gear, and decoys when pulled by an ATV or truck. popupblind.com

7. Tanglefree Layout Blind Light and Easy to Use

Tanglefree's new layout blind features a corrosion-resistant aluminum frame and a padded backrest filled with closed-cell foam to deter moisture. Available in Advantage MAX-4, this blind has arm slots for flagging, webbing loops for attaching vegetation, and a large viewing area. caslindustries.com

8. Grass Mats Highlight Go-Devil Boat Blinds

Go-Devil, widely known among waterfowlers for its mud motors and boats, now offers a versatile line of boat blinds. These hides consist of a lightweight aluminum frame covered with Avery RealGrass and backed by high-strength plastic netting. The frame attaches to four bases with removable 'D' clips. These blinds are available for boats 14 to 20 feet long. go-devil.com

9. GooseTrap Features Flip-Up Hood

The GooseTrap layout blind features a unique flip-up hood with an integrated rain cover. A shock cord keeps the lid closed until the hunter flips it open. The 11-pound GooseTrap has a thick foam seat, a wide backrest, a removable gun flap, vegetation straps, and a waterproof polyester ground bag for cover-up.goosetrap.com

10. Get Down With a Portable Pit Blind

Waterfowlers seeking portable one-man pits will find examples ranging in weight from 35 to 105 pounds from TradeWinds Blinds. Made of fiberglass and featuring various seating designs, these pits virtually disappear from sight when buried and properly covered with native vegetation. tradewindsblinds.com

11. Avery Outdoors a Boat Blind Pioneer

Avery Outdoors' roots can be traced to boat blinds. The Quick-Set blind was one of the company's first products. Duck hunters have bought thousands of them, and little wonder. These hides are warm, dry, and built tough. There are several cover choices, including LeafyCut skirts and RealGrass. Various sizes are available, as are a number of handy accessories, including a RainTop that will help keep you dry. averyoutdoors.com

Avery Outdoors' roots can be traced to boat blinds. The Quick-Set blind was one of the company's first products. Duck hunters have bought thousands of them, and little wonder. These hides are warm, dry, and built tough. There are several cover choices, including LeafyCut skirts and RealGrass. Various sizes are available, as are a number of handy accessories, including a RainTop that will help keep you dry.

12. Hitman Sets Up in Seconds

The Hitman Laydown Blind from Hunter's Specialties sets up easily and features a padded reclining seat and an interior utility bag for storage. Its doors are spring-loaded for easy opening. The Hitman folds up without disassembly.hunterspecialties.com

13. Portable Blind Covers Run the Gamut

Duck and goose hunters have more choices than ever when it comes to camouflaging their blinds. Several companies offer camouflage materials or grassy bundles and mats. If you are in the market, check out the following for leads on what you may need: Avery Outdoors/Greenhead Gear's KillerWeed, Snow Cover, Realgrass, and Die-Cut Fabric (averyoutdoors.com); Final Approach's Whoopgrass and Stubbleskinz (fabrand.com); Quackgrass's grassy mats (quackgrass.net); Cabela's Northern Flight natural grass and marsh grass (cabelas.com); and Hunter's Specialties nylon blind material (hunterspecialties.com).

14. Lightweight Layout is Back to Basics

The Lightweight Layout Blind from Expedite, also called the blanket blind, is the most basic of hides. This blind consists of a powder-coated steel tubing frame that provides back support and a wrap-over camouflage cover. The seat and pillow components are water-resistant. Available in Mossy Oak Shadowgrass, this lightweight blind folds for backpack-style transport. edgebyexpedite.com

15. Predator Series Offers the Complete Package

Otter Outdoors' popular Predator blinds now include an optional waterproof cover. The Predator field blind, available in standard and XL models, is made of tough polyethylene and features a spring-loaded backrest, foam-filled headrest, stabilizing pockets, shell holder, and a handy storage area. Weighing 29 pounds, it can be used on land or in water. Stubble straps and flagging holes complement the flip-open lids. otteroutdoors.com

16. Options Galore for Cabela's Northern Flight Blind

Cabela's Northern Flight blind was designed for boats, but the addition of a special kit featuring six 'feet' make this hide land-friendly, too. The frame is built around quick-release clamps for easy removal. Northern Flight blinds fit boats from 12 to 18 feet long and with beams up to 78 inches. Options include a flip top, Natural Grass camouflage, and WindBlocker covers. cabelas.com

17. Redhead Deluxe Layout Blind in MAX-4 Camouflage

The Redhead Deluxe layout blind's padded back and headrest are insulated to help keep out the cold and moisture. The floor is a waterproof welded tarp for protection against the elements. The 21-pound Redhead Deluxe includes zippered flag ports, stubble straps, and interior storage pockets. It is available in Advantage MAX-4. basspro.com

18. CamoSystems Netting Now in Mossy Oak Camouflage

If leafy netting is your choice of camouflage, be sure to check out Camo Unlimited's new Ultra-lite designs in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass, Breakup, and Duck Blind. Available in three sizes, this netting is waterproof, rot and mold resistant, and UV treated. It can be used to cover blinds, boats, or people.camounlimited.com

19. NeoTub Made for Water Entry

Avery Outdoors' NeoTub will give you access to those tough-to-hide places that ducks love. The NeoTub can be used in water up to eight inches deep. Its bottom is waterproof 3mm neoprene with a polyester-laminated outer layer and glued and blind stitched seams. Models are available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass to fit Avery Finisher and Migrator Blinds as well as Final Approach Eliminators.averyoutdoors.com

20. Transformer Serves Dual Purpose

The Transformer Layout Blind by Flambeau Outdoors will carry up to three dozen goose shells or field decoys into the field and then can be set up as a blind. The Transformer is made of water-resistant material and features loops for adding vegetation, an adjustable backrest, and a head cover with a mesh face guard.flambeauoutdoors.com

21. Mud Buddy's FastGrass Blind Disappears in the Marsh

Whether you hunt small marshes or big water, Mud Buddy has a boat blind to fit your needs. The low-profile Fastgrass blind easily blends in with natural vegetation. It fits boats from 14 to 22 feet long and can be used with both outboards and mud motors. The corrosion-resistant frame attaches to the boat with removable wire ties. Wind liners are among the options. mudbuddy.com