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Build a Better Duck Blind

Tips for building a better blind this season
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Permanent Blind Tips

  • Taking time to find the perfect spot for your pit or blind will make the difference between a good year and a bad year. Judgment from seasons past and common wind directions are important elements to consider when choosing your location.

  • The structure of your blind will vary from place to place. Explore the options and take stock of your own needs before deciding what type of blind to build.

  • Keep it simple. Shelves, a solid bench and a small stove or heating unit is a good start. Remember that you are hunting, not checking in to the Ritz.

  • Use quality materials. Nothing will ruin a hunt faster than realizing your blind didn't make it through a wind storm the night before.

  • Keep your retriever in mind. A good vantage point, along with concealment and easy in-and-out access, will ensure good performance for your dog.

  • Think outside the box. There is nothing that says a blind or pit has to be box shaped. Know your construction area and adapt to it.

  • Use dark colors inside any structure you build. Bright colors will attract the birds' attention and blow your cover.

  • Camouflage the outside well. Take the time to do it right and use natural cover from the surrounding area. Using grass when there's no grass around won't work.

  • Set up an easily accessible path to and from your blind.

 

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