As a native Texan with more than 50 hunting seasons to reflect upon, I can truly say that I have hunted from just about every type of blind that even a very vivid imagination could conceive! Back in the sixties, I remember bending sheet metal in a semi circle and hiding behind that, sans camo paint. Countless crudely but strongly constructed “tree stands” back in the day accounted for venison and wild pork on the meat pole. Tripods, ladder stands, lock on’s, climbers, pop up’s, mirror blinds, I’ve hunted from them all and enjoyed success with each.
I find myself spending time these days on night hunts for wild hogs. There is something extremely exciting to me to get way back in the woods, in the pitch dark and await a sounder of hogs coming to an area I’ve baited with corn. Most hunters in the Lone Star State understand that when wild hogs are pressured in the least, they become almost entirely nocturnal, spending their daylight hours bedded in thick cover. For the past 5 years, I have done all my night hog hunting and much of my daylight deer hunting from a very portable blind that is not only light and easily transported to even the most remote areas but solid and dry to boot! I currently have two Snap Lock Hunting Blinds in place on the property I hunt. These blind sections are lightweight and can be transported to those remote areas you wish to hunt and assembled in a matter of 30 minutes or so.
The 4 foot by 4 foot blind pictured above has been setting in a very remote piece of bottomland for the past 5 years. From this blind, I’ve taken an estimated 25 wild hogs and 4 very nice whitetail bucks not to mention several coyotes and a bob cat that came in to my predator call. The blind has kept me dry and protected me from the cold north wind for the past several winters. It’s as solid today as the day I set it in place.
On the same land that I’ve hunted the past 15 years, I found another spot that I just knew would be a “killer” place for not only hogs but deer as well. I decided to order one of the Snap Lock 4 foot by 6 foot blinds and elevate it a bit off the ground with cinder blocks. I positioned it on a bit of a rise in elevation in some very thick cover that afforded good visibility to the little clearing where I set one of my Ultramatic Feeders www.ultramaticfeeders.com . The Ultramatic Feeder has a “Remote” that activates the feeder from the blind. This little unit has proven to be of huge benefit when attracting hogs to my hunting area. The sound of the remotely activated feeder slinging corn on a still night can be heard by the porkers from a great distance!
The Snap Lock Blinds are constructed so that they can be anchored directly into the ground but I much prefer having a piece of three-quarter inch plywood as a flooring, covered with a piece of old carpet.
Luke’s larger 4 foot by 6 foot Snap Lock Blind is almost ready to hunt! All that is needed is to put the finishing touch securing the roof and installing a couple more cinder blocks for added support. Luke is making plans to hunt this blind soon. His trail camera has been photographing a big sounder of hogs hitting his Ultramatic Feeder situated 50 yards from the blind. Some fresh pulled pork and homemade cured smoked ham will be forthcoming!