Whitetail Wednesday: Ground Blinds For Bucks

Not a new concept, but an often overlooked tactic to hunting big bucks where high-quality trees don't exist.

Setting up ground blinds for whitetails is not a new concept, but you'd be surprised at how many hunters will leave a great spot untouched simply because they don't want to use a ground blind.

True, deer have been known to spook at a new setup, but once they've gotten used to it, or accepted it, a deadly tactic this can become.

If you have a location on your hunting property that has a lot of traffic and a big buck could easily step out at any second, keeping a spare pop-up blind on hand could put you in position to take him down.

Every situation is different, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Put it up in a dark area. Typically, thickets where shadows seem to linger throughout the day, it's already dark, a dark blind won't be as noticeable.
  • Shooting from the ground is a different ballgame, especially when talking about mature deer. Practice shooting from a sitting position, and out of an extra blind if you keep one around.
  • They are far more aware of what is on ground level with them. Therefore, deer won't be as tolerant of movement or anything they may consider sketchy. Keep in mind that when you are in a ground blind, extra movement is not necessarily going to go unnoticed.
  • Make sure you have a clear shot--trim lanes just as you would for a treestand. Be conservative! Too much trimming will alert a wily old buck.
  • When brushing it in, make sure you use enough trimmings. If you are using late summer material, there will be green leaves. As soon as you cut it down, they will begin to wilt and eventually fall off. So, if you plan to hunt a particular ground blind a week or more later, that cover you brushed it in with will not be as "brushy" upon your return.

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