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