How to Maximize Your Deer Hunting Ground Blind Setup

Want to get closer to more deer while hunting from a ground blind?

Creating a ground blind is one of the best and easiest ways to maximize your deer hunting opportunities. You can select specific stand locations based on travel routes, bedding areas, feeding areas, the wind, water or other factors, and then make the blinds as elaborate or simple as you want.

Ground blinds from different companies such as Ameristep, Primos, Baronett and others are lightweight, spacious and most have the “hub” system to easily assist with setup or takedown. The hub system is similar to an umbrella in that you pop the hub, the “spokes” flare and the blind opens. That’s a simple explanation but it’s pretty cool how they work.

Or, if you’re a DIY guy and maybe watching the budget, you can create your own ground blinds with a saw, pruning shears, loppers or other tools. Some hunters even use chain saws to cut larger trees (not giant ones, of course) and make more elaborate blinds. But the majority of DIY ground blinds involve limbs, brush, maybe some pallets or netting, and can do the job quite well. Plus, they’re fun to make.

Deer and Deer Hunting expert bowhunter Steve Bartylla shares some of his secrets for ground blinds in this cool video. Here are some tips:

Clean all the debris from inside the blind so you're not crunching leaves, snapping twigs and getting hung. You don't want to pick up your bow and have it rattle an unseen tree twig or scrape the side of the blind.

Clean all the debris from inside the blind so you’re not crunching leaves, snapping twigs and getting hung. You don’t want to pick up your bow and have it rattle an unseen tree twig or scrape the side of the blind.

When setting up your blind or after you get in, use a rangefinder to get specific distances so you can make a successful shot.

When setting up your blind or after you get in, use a rangefinder to get specific distances so you can make a successful shot.

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When you get in your blind, arrange your seat for the best shot possibility. Consider all the angles and shot possibilities so you don't get caught off guard.

When you get in your blind, arrange your seat for the best shot possibility. Consider all the angles and shot possibilities so you don’t get caught off guard.

Ground blinds may be set up on the edge of fields, food plots or in the woods, which is one reason they're so popular. The versatility gives hunters multiple options.

Ground blinds may be set up on the edge of fields, food plots or in the woods, which is one reason they’re so popular. The versatility gives hunters multiple options.

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Watch and listen as Bartylla shares his ground blind tips and secrets.

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