Preparing for the hunting season isn’t just about knowing why you do it but also where and how to do it. Having the knowledge of how and where to set up your box blind is one of the important factors that determine how successful your hunt will be. Ideally you should set it up early, at least two weeks in advance to help the animals get comfortable with it. As it’s necessary that they get used to your box blind being on their turf.
You can hunt in a box blind in two different ways:
- There’s an elevated type that is mounted a few feet up from the ground and that you can access with a ladder. Elevated box blinds have their own advantages. They offer a great way to study your target from afar. Most hunters have had more success with shots in an elevated one. If you would like to raise one of your own and incorporate this into your hunting strategy, let us help you with that.
- While the other type is the ground level blind that sits on a platform a few inches off the ground. Ground-level blinds have their perks, being easier to set-up and transport and overall being really flexible. You can set one up and then move it in just a few minutes.
Here’s a guide for you to find out what you need to know when it comes to selecting, seeing and setting your box blind up.
Selecting the Right Box Blind
Choosing the right blind depends on what you’re using it for. Is it shooting your first whitetail during the general rifle season? Is it to feel the excitement as a buck chases a doe out with his nose on the ground? Sportsman’s Condo offers great hunting blinds that are easy and quick to set up and that have room for you, your chair, your pack and rifle.
For bow hunting, you need a blind that has plenty of room without having any problem withdrawing. Go ahead and check these Maverick blinds down below.
Finding the Ideal Spot
This is what it all comes down to. You have to check what direction the wind is coming from. When selecting a location, make sure you have your hunting blind out of the line of sight of the animals. Place the blind so it forces wildlife to cross it instead of facing it directly when they enter the area. This will help you with concealment and to keep the wildlife away from discovering you.
Set-up the box blind as per the instruction manual. Unpack the blind and start spreading out all the pieces and get everything organized so you know where everything goes. Scatter all your pieces and make sure that you have all the parts to assemble the blind. To speed up the process, pre-sort all bolts, nuts, and washers. Another important thing you should think about is how you’re gonna shoot out of it, which direction you need to turn it, where do you want the ladder or how to access it. It’s a lot easier to build it in the direction that you wanted rather than turning it around later.
The Art of Being Elevated
There are two ways you can raise your box blind. Just make sure you have your ratchet strap, anchoring cable and 3-4 friends that are ready to help you out. You need to check what is the best height for your stand or how far you should put it up in the air. You need to be up above the deer’s line of sight where they can’t see you and high enough where you think the wind is gonna be dispersed better. For bow hunting, 10 ft. is recommended because too high means too acute.
Tractor or Skid Loader
One way to raise a box blind is with the help of a tractor or skid loader. Once your box blind is assembled and slides into its platform, you can follow these instructions (this can be done with 10 ft. or 15 ft. stands):
- Position cardboard on the floor to protect the handrails of the box blind.
- Roll the box blind onto handrails over the cardboard.
- Follow the instructions to assemble the stand. Allow safe distance between tractor and stand.
- Install anchoring cable to the stand. Use 1” or 2” ratchet strap to secure legs of the stand resting on the ground to the 1” rebar pin so the stand does not slide.
- Secure one end of the strap to the eye hook on the bottom base. Secure to the tractor or skid loader.
- Place the strap over the top of all bracing and then pull slowly until the box blind is raised.
Have you got a winch on your truck or ATV? This is another way to raise a box blind. Get a long piece of rope and build a very big A-frame (at least 16’ tall) out of some small trees or 2x6 Ts (nailed and tied together about 12” from the top). Dig a couple of good-sized holes and drop the legs of your frame in there. The A-frame will need to be upright, but leaning towards the stand. The rope should go over the top of the A-frame and be attached to the top of the stand. Allow a safe distance and winch the box blind up. Don't forget to build (or take) a ladder or steps to get to the door once you raise it.
The beauty of being elevated is that you can see a lot better, as far as observing goes. You can see further and watch the deer approach. When you’re up there, it keeps your scent up higher and disperses it better so you’re less likely to get noticed.
While you’re anxiously awaiting the hunting season, make sure everything’s been checked and ready. Anchoring down the bottom all the way would help a lot ‘cause you might have bad weather.
Hunters may only have an opportunity to hunt for once or twice a year, but if the location of the box blind is good, you can hope to make big bucks or maybe somebody’s first doe. Call or chat with us now so we can assist you in choosing and raising the best box blind and stand for you. Don’t miss out on what we’ve got coming up for you!