Ground blinds are designed to be tough enough for outdoor use, keeping you warm and dry in the rain, snow, and wind. But prolonged exposure to weather conditions such as heavy snow or high winds can take your ground blind beyond the breaking point. And sometimes accidents just happen. When a rod breaks, the fabric tears, or the roof starts leaking, a few simple repairs can get your ground blind back in shape without the cost of a new blind.
Repairing Ground Blind Hubs, Rods, and Poles
Hunters who leave their ground blind outside in heavy snow or strong winds often find that a few of the poles have snapped under the weight of the snow or the force of the wind. Another common reason for broken poles is stress placed on the poles because of improper setup.
If your hunting blind is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer for replacement parts. If the blind is no longer under warranty, you may still be able to order parts from the manufacturer.
Depending on the style of the rods and hubs, you may be able to fashion your own fiberglass poles. Other hunters have done so using replacement tent poles, electric fence rods from a tractor supply, or driveway markers. Just make sure the rods are the same diameter and length as the original rods. Also, if your blind is under warranty, the manufacturer may void the warranty if the blind is altered in this way.
To avoid breaking the poles again, make sure you are correctly setting up the blind to avoid placing stress on the rods and hubs. Watch the instructional videos for KillZone blinds for a visual demonstration. Setting up your blind is simple, but if done incorrectly, it can damage the blind.
Repairing Torn Fabric or Mesh
Repair tears in the fabric the same way you would repair a camping tent. Repair kits are available online or in stores. If possible, use the same fabric material and weight to patch the blind. For a stronger repair job, patch both sides of the fabric. To hide the patch job and preserve the camouflage pattern, patch only the inside of the fabric.
To repair shoot-through mesh, see our article on How to Repair or Replace Shoot Through Mesh on a Hunting Blind.
Waterproofing a Ground Blind
If the roof starts to leak, the fabric may need a new waterproof coating or the seams may need to be sealed. Use a waterproofing spray and/or seam sealer to keep out rain and moisture. Then let the blind sit outside for a few days to get rid of the odor from the spray and sealant.