Unlike popular opinion, there’s much more gear and equipment required for hunting aside from weapons and ammo. Hunting blinds are one of the essential pieces of hunting equipment that significantly increase hunting success. They come in various shapes, sizes, camouflages, and additional features that have an effect on comfort and effectiveness.
In this article, we’ll talk about the art of staying comfortable and concealed in your hunting blind during long hours in the field, and what you can do to make your experience even better. No matter if you’re an experienced hunter or an amateur, this article will help you in setting up your hunting blind to maximize its effectiveness and comfort!
Setting Up Your Hunting Blind
Setting up a hunting blind properly is one of the key things to stay concealed, but also to keep yourself comfortable in the hours that will follow. An essential part of preparation is using scent-eliminating products both on yourself and your equipment and gear, including hunting blinds.
Location is probably the most important factor for successful concealment and comfort, and it can make all the difference between having a successful hunting adventure and wasting your time. When choosing the location to place and set up your hunting blind, select a spot that provides good visibility, cover, and protection from wind. Inexperienced hunters often forget how scent can easily scare off animals.
Concealment is as important as it is choosing a proper location. Because most hunting blinds have specific camouflages, positioning it just right to blend it in with the surrounding is essential. You can also use branches, and grass to further improve concealment. This will cover the hunting blind and make it less noticeable.
One more thing that’s important is making sure other hunters are aware of your presence, especially if you’re hunting alone. You should also inform yourself about potential rules and regulations regarding the use of hunting blinds, and their positioning and placement.
Staying Comfortable In Your Hunting Blind
Staying comfortable in your hunting blind is essential to make your hunting experience better. Not only will you feel better during the hours you’ll need to wait for the ideal shot, but it will also make you more focused.
To keep yourself comfortable for a longer period of time in a hunting blind, there are a few things you should prepare and do.
The first thing to make yourself comfortable is dressing accordingly to the weather. Make sure to check the forecast before going hunting because low temperatures, wind, and rain can significantly decrease your level of comfort. If you’re expecting cold weather, dress in layers and bring extra clothes in case you get cold. If you’re going during the summertime, make sure to wear breathable clothing so you wouldn’t feel too hot.
After having the appropriate clothing, you should also bring essential gear with you. This includes snacks, water, essential medical supplies in case of an accident, and optionally, some form of quiet entertainment such as a book. All these will give you peace of mind that you won’t get hungry, thirsty, or bored.
All of this equipment and gear wouldn’t mean anything if you don’t have a comfortable seat and backrest, so make sure you bring one with you that you’re comfortable in.
Coffee shouldn't be used as it causes dehydration, however, if you’ll be staying in a hunting blind for several hours, a cup of hot coffee might come in handy. If you decide to bring coffee, make sure you also have enough water to keep hydrated.
Hunting is a great outdoor activity, however, it can be challenging due to the long hours you need to spend in silence. Using hunting blinds significantly increases the chances for success, but even with being concealed, you may become extremely uncomfortable after sitting around for hours, waiting for an animal to appear.
Keeping comfortable is as important as having all the required equipment, and we’ve listed a couple of things you’ll need to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Of course, different people like different things, so the best way to make the best of every hunting trip is to take time and think about what works for you best. Some portable hunting blinds come with pre-existing seats, but adding additional cushions may help you feel comfortable for longer.
Having enough food and water is essential, however, make sure the food isn’t too scented, and that you don’t bring canned drinks as they’re pretty loud when being opened. Regular bottled water should be used as it can be opened without any noise.
All in all, prepper planning will give you the best results, so make sure you make a list of all the things you’ll need and pack accordingly!