First time blind builder.

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First time blind builder.

Postby JeremyDine » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:09 pm

Hi, I am new to this site and I hope to gain as much knowledge as possible, and maybe even give a little if I can. I am still somewhat of a novice hunter as this will be my fourth year hunting at the age of 28. After befriending a guy while playing cards nearly four years ago, he invited me to hunt on his property with a group of guys that have been hunting there for nearly 25 years. I was skeptical at first as I had never shot a gun before, let alone hunted. I sort of reluctantly showed up, with a pair of warm gloves and an orange hat. The other guys kind of laughed, but brought me in and started to teach me immediately. I was able to borrow another guys gun, a semi auto mini 30, with no scope. There was an old abandoned blind that I was to inherit and start my hunting adventures. This blind was worse than an old outhouse. The floor was completely rotted out to the ground, the walls were scraped up by what I was told were raccoons, there were huge cracks between the boards to allow very cold breezes, cobwebs all around, and the roof was starting to gather water in the corner. However, this was to be mine and mine only. I was very happy to see my first deer ever while in that blind. I took a shot, then watched as the deer booked it out of there with a bright white tail bouncing up and down. I would end up seeing a few more deer that year, taking two more shots, resulting in seeing more white tails run away from me. I pretty much thought I had just wasted $30 on licenses and hours of freezing in the cold.
The next year, in 2011, I had a little success.I borrowed a Remington 700 from a good friend. The addition of a scope made this hunting thing a lot easier. I shot my first deer, a button buck, I thought was a doe, and a 4 point that should have been a 6 point but apparently he lost a fight.
Last year I borrowed the Remington again. I decided to start baiting for the first time by throwing out some apples. I also realized that I needed to make this blind a little more comfortable. I put up some cardboard to cover the walls and prevent air from blowing at me thru the cracks. I also built a new floor. I was able to get three does but no bucks. I was feeling a little better about this hunting and the venison was delicious.
This all brings me to this year. I have moved about three hours away from where I am hunting and haven't had much time to visit my hunting blind. Just a couple weeks ago I put out some apples and salt blocks and took a look at my blind. The roof is about four more rainfalls from collapsing and the raccoons have gotten to the walls that I didn't put cardboard on. I decided if I was going to continue hunting, I would need a new blind.
Still being somewhat of an ignorant hunter, I figured I would buy a blind for a couple hundred bucks. I was quite surprised what a little 4'x4' box blind with no paint or shingles actually costs. Prices ranged from $350-$500 and beyond for bigger blinds. I wasn't too pleased to see these prices, so I decided I would build my own blind. I have a little carpentry experience from one summer about 10 years ago when I helped build a garage, a pole barn and help refinish a basement. I am no where near a builder, but I do know how to use tools and am always up for a challenge.
With a little help from my graphic designer girlfriend, I was able to create some blind blue prints thru adobe illustrator. I have spent about four hours or so trying to create a simple and affordable box blind that will last a good 10 years or longer with normal maintenance.
I have the plans in a .pdf file but they are too big to attach here. Please comment your e-mail and I will send them. Please feel free to add any and all comments, critiques, suggestions, improvements, ideas or anything else that will help in the building process. I hope I didn't leave anything out. Please ask any questions if something doesn't make sense or if I appeared to overlook something. Thanks for reading this and I look forward to all of your replies!!

Jeremy

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Re: First time blind builder.

Postby shaman » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:09 am

Welcome to D&DH and welcome to deer hunting.

What catches my attention from your story is that you've now got this box blind, you put it out on your friends property and . . .

I think I averaged about 2 seasons on the properties I hunted before I got my own place. Some lasted 5. Some lasted only 1 season. My point is that it things have a way of happening. Also, having such a luxury box on somebody else's place has a host of other complications.

You'll find folks on here that build deer blinds out of cardboard and plastic tarp. I built one out of a packing crate about 12 years ago, and it's still going strong. Mostly I like being out in the middle of it, but I have a couple of box blinds to visit when it gets really inclement. I will tell you though, I have had dry spells at these larger blinds. The deer start shying away and it's a couple of seasons before things change, and they start coming back.

If it were me, I'd start working on getting my own gun and go with a portable pop-up ground blind until things settle out.
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Re: First time blind builder.

Postby Retranger » Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:58 am

I use the portable blinds. The first one I bought from Dicks on sale for $50 ,, it is the dog house pop up blind. Hunted with two people in it,
work good for couple years ,,, although it was quite a trick to fold it back up. I later bought the ameristep "brickhouse" hub blind,,,$129.00 from Cabelas. Much more roomery, sets up and takes down real easy and plenty of room for two people. I still have and use these blinds. I do not leave them up permanently ,,, put it up couple weeks before the season and take them down at the end. They are light enough that you can carry them where ever you want and change location real easy if need to. These have worked well for me. :)
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Re: First time blind builder.

Postby JeremyDine » Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:20 pm

I haven't built the blind yet, was just looking to get suggestions on my design. I estimate the total cost to be around $220. However, I have some of the materials already which will knock the cost down quite a bit. I was planning on putting the blind in the same place as the current blind. I will consider pop up blinds for sure. Thanks for the suggestions.

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Re: First time blind builder.

Postby Meules37 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:28 am

Are you sold on hunting out of a blind? I've really only hunted out of a ladder stand. I've tried hunting out of other's large treehouse type treestands and also popup style blinds. I just cant do it, I get too antsy and have a hard time focusing. I have a cheap popup blind incase the weather is crappy, making a ladder stand pretty miserable, but I love hunting out of my ladder stand, you're not stuck to one area like you are with permanent blinds and they're relatively cheap as well. You'd be surprised at how much more you can see by just being up 12-15 feet. Have you considered a ladder or hang-on stand?

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Re: First time blind builder.

Postby Retranger » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:23 pm

I should of been a little clearer ...37. I normally use a 15 foot ladder stand, Agree with all you say. I use the blind in bad weather and would prefer the new hub blinds over building a permanent one. ;) ;)
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Re: First time blind builder.

Postby Big Horse » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:34 am

The possibilities are endless. Do you want completely contained like a building. Are you planning on opening/closing windows or just cut outs. Portable? Elevated?

I think some one already brought up pallets. With a little effort you can probably acquire pallets from businesses willing to give them a way. With a few screws you can make side, and a floor it you desire. A sheet of ply wood and you have a slanted roof. If you check with local roofers or even hardware/lumber yards you may be able to pick up unused or damaged bundles of shingles for next to nothing if not free. You wrap a pallet structure with tar paper and cover it with shingles and your going to block the wind and be water repellant/proof depending on how detailed you get in your design.

I live in Farm country and have made a couple blinds out of old wooden grain wagons that I picked up for nothing. I obtained windows from a local contractor who removed them from remodels. When its done, all you have to do is hook them to a truck or atv and drive them to any location you want. A box could be made on a small trailer frame and serve the same purpose.

You can spend thousands of dollars or next to nothing. Good luck.
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