5 Things to Consider When Placing Your Ground Blind
No decent trees to put a stand? Get a Ground Blind
Scout the area. If you can’t find any decent trees or strategic areas to put your tree stand then you may want to opt for a ground blind. If the area is not overgrown with grass and shrubs and you can see in many directions with little obstruction then give a ground blind a try. It is also a favorite method for bow hunters.
Ground Blind Placement
1. Geography: You want to be near your prey’s travel route but not actually on it. Stay just “off the beaten path”. Look for obstacles that may cause animals that wander from many directions to end up getting funneled down the same path. Rocks, forest lines, creeks are just some barriers that may cause animals to enter a common area. It is also smart to set up along a path that leads to bedding areas, food, or water for the animal. Just don’t set up at those exact locations.
2. Wind: Stay downwind of the travel path. Even crosswind is acceptable, just never place your blind upwind.
3. Access: Be aware of how you get to and from the area you choose to set up your hunting blind. Make sure your point of entry does not disturb the animal your hunting as well as anything it may notice out of the ordinary. Some areas may only be suited to hunt at certain times of the day based on your approach to the area.
4. Odor Elimination: Wear clothing with minimal scents. Don’t use fancy soaps and shampoos before you hunt. Try not to smell at all. No smoking beforehand, no eating pizza. Use odor neutralizers if possible. Animals will smell the slightest inconsistency in their environment.
5. Camouflage: When hunting on public land it may be difficult to leave a ground blind in place for long periods of time. This could be for legal reasons or just to avoid it getting stolen by other hunters. Whatever the case, animals will know if something is there one day and not the next. They will stay away from that area, so take this into consideration when placing your blind. Private land is different story. You will be able to leave the blind in place for long periods of time and the animal will get used to it being there. In either scenario, put it near other ground cover like overhanging tree branches.