How to Properly and Effectively Insulate Hunting Blinds
If you’re hunting all year round for different animals, then you’ll care as much about the temperature in the blind as the number of sounds that the animals can hear. Although you can buy pre-insulated blinds, it’s not difficult to insulate them yourself, and it can often be far cheaper, especially if you want to be able to remove it in warmer months.
Insulating smaller blinds can be tough because the material often takes up a decent amount of space, but for larger areas, it’s incredibly easy and allows you to use a wider range of materials.
Why Do You Need to Insulate a Hunting Blind?
Insulation is often thought of as a heat retaining endeavor, but for hunting the sound, protection is as important. Even relatively small sounds can be amplified by the confined space and leak out of the windows or open doors, alerting the animals that you’re hunting, especially if they are close.
But particularly for deer hunting, which often takes place in the colder months of the year in many states, keeping warm is particularly important. It’s not always practical to install a power supply and a heater, especially if you are on a tight budget, in which case adding extra insulation can help to retain heat in the blind.
Picking the Right Materials
When it comes to insulating your blind, there are a wide variety of materials to choose from, but only a few stand out as clear choices. Most insulation materials offer little sound suppression, while others don’t keep in enough heat. Finding the right balance is tough, and it leaves us with only a few materials to choose from.
Possibly the most popular product for insulating a blind is foam board, which you can find in any hardware store across the country for only a few bucks. Certainly the cheapest, it’s perfect for larger blinds that would be very expensive to insulate with other materials. It’s easy to install and handle, and it will block out a lot of the sound while keeping warmth in.
These foam boards are typically flat because they are used more for inner walling to keep in heat, but at specialist stores, you can find dimpled foam which is designed to soundproof a room. This dimpled board is better for insulating a blind because it’s significantly more effective at reducing the volume of any sound from within the hut.
If you’re serious about your insulation, you might consider using fiberglass which is usually pumped in small chunks but can be found in rolls and sectionals as well. This is less convenient as it will need to be covered with another wall, either a partition stud wall or even another foam board. If you do use fiberglass, you must be very careful when installing to prevent injury.
Insulating the Walls and Floor for Heat and Sound
Insulation of the floor is probably the most important factor for reducing sound because your footsteps and shifting of weight can cause the blind to creak or make a noise. To insulate the floor, you can use foam boards again, with a soft carpet on top which will reduce the impact of your footsteps.
For the wall, a soundproofing foam is ideal because it’s often available in a dark color so that it doesn’t stand out, and it blocks plenty of the sound from leaving the hut while keeping warmth in.
Being able to shoot out of the blind is obviously critical, but those open windows leave you with a gap for the cold to come in and noise to go out. To fix this, it’s possible to install moving panes into the blind which can fold down and in when you are ready to shoot. These will add a lot of insulation to the blind, and as long as you are careful, they shouldn’t alert the animal.
Insulating the Door
People often forget about the door because they mistakenly think that it offers enough protection itself. In fact, it’s one of the main causes of noise and heat loss. To prevent this, you should insulate with foam or another soft material under the bottom of the door as well as in the between the door and the frame to prevent noise when the door shakes in rough weather.