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November 4, 2010

Blind Setup and Placement for Deer Hunting

Camouflage mesh diminishes the black hole effect that can spook deer.

Camouflage mesh diminishes the "black hole" effect that can spook deer.

Knowing where and when to set up your hunting blind can make the difference between a successful hunt and a disappointing season. The following tips will help you make the most of your hunting blind in order to increase your chances for a successful hunt.

Hunting Blind Setup

Set the ground blind up ahead of time to let the deer get used to it, up to a week in advance. Once the deer become accustomed to its presence, they will no longer view it as a threat.

Keep a dark backdrop behind you. Even if the blind’s design allows you to open the windows all around the blind, it’s probably better to keep the window behind you closed. A dark backdrop will swallow your silhouette and prevent deer from spotting you.

Since deer can balk at the “black hole” created when the window and mesh are open, it’s best to keep the mesh up, or with just a corner hanging down for a shooting lane. The mesh on KillZone blinds is camouflaged to match the walls of the blind and diminish the “black hole” effect.

Hunting Blind Placement

One of the benefits of a portable ground blind is that you can easily move it from one location to another. Since a location that produces well early in the season may turn cold by the end of the season, you may need to move the blind as the season progresses in order to adjust to the deer’s movement.

Look for trail intersections, water holes, cut lines, and field edges that are heavily traveled. This is where your scouting will come in handy. Knowing where to set up your blind depends on your knowledge of the deer’s movement, which may change drastically from pre-season to post-season.

The recommended distance from the trail to the blind also depends on your shooting range with a bow, rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader. For setting up near a trail intersection, locate the blind about 20 yards from the trail intersection for shots within close range. If you’re worried about the deer spotting you, set up further away. Wherever you locate the blind, make sure you have clear shooting lanes and visibility.

If you’re frustrated by the lack of game you’re seeing, don’t hesitate to move to another spot. Changing up your game plan may be just what you needed to bring home the jerky.

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