You’ve got the best blind in the business, and now you’re gearing up to hunt a monster buck. Here’s the catch: your hunting gear doesn’t make you a better hunter. After all, your hunting blind is only as resourceful as the hunter who’s using it.
Not sure where to start? No problem. Here’s 5 ways to get the best bang for your buck.
1) Pick Your Location Strategically
Think like a buck. Where would a whitetail deer want to go?
- Scout first, then set-up. If you’ve got your deer pegged, the concealment of the blind is a huge advantage. When you scout first, it aids in your planning and preparation, limiting your visibility with your blind setup and optimizing your hunt.
- Pick an isolated area, like a food plot or a watering hole. Deer need to eat and drink, and will return to these areas repeatedly—forcing them to get used to your blind, fast.
2) Hide It in Plain Sight
Keep your new hunting blind hard to spot by being scentless and camouflaged in dark green paint. Still, there are more things you can do to try and keep your blind hidden from sight, so that it doesn’t startle off any curious deer.
- Put the blind out early and leave it there long before you hunt. Why? So that the deer get used to it, and don’t get spooked by the sight of it when you’re hunting.
- Brush your blind in as much as possible. This can be done with dead branches, or by placing it beside the roots of a tree. Do anything you can to make your blind blend into the landscape.
3) Don’t Move Around Too Much
Don’t assume that just because you’re in a blind, deer can’t see you move around.
- Keep your movements minimal. The more you can do to conceal yourself, the better.
- Wear all black. When a deer sees into your window, you’ll blend straight into your blind’s interior.
4) Partner Up!
Make a room for you and a hunting partner.
- Bring your best hunting buddy. Ever feel like the best tool in your arsenal is the friend you always go hunting with? We do, too.
- …And bring whatever gear you both might need. Gonna be out there awhile? Bring your snacks, and whatever hunting gear you need to do your best hunting from the blind.
5) Remember Who the Hunter Is
This last bit is the most important to remember: your blind can’t do your hunting for you. It’s a great tool to make you more effective but remember what you’re really relying on—your ownskill and preparation. That’s what wins you that trophy kill, not your hunting gear.