Hunting Blind Construction
What Makes the Construction of Hunting Blinds So Vital?
When it comes to deer season, the most celebrated hunters start prepping early to ensure success. If you want to be one of the most successful huntsmen this coming season, make sure you give extra thought to the type of blind you will be using. Start with a focus on blind construction, and you will be one step closer to triumph.
1. Frame Materials
Structural integrity is essential for outdoor buildings, making the frame the most vital aspect. Some grades of aluminum are stronger than lower grades of steel, making aluminum a superior construction choice for small structures like ground blinds.
In addition to being strong, aluminum is also light, allowing hunters the opportunity to move their blinds with ease should the original location not work out as planned.
Despite being color blind, dear can see shapes that drastically stand out from those typically found in nature. For this reason, the form of your hunting blind is a significant consideration. Octagons, although not traditionally a part of the architectural design, are excellent shapes for your blind the following reasons:
- Lack of 90-degree angels and vertical lines helps the shape to blend better with nature.
- Octagons allow for 360-degree viewing with no blind spots.
3. Smells and Sounds
If animals hear or smell you, they won’t come around, and your chances of bagging that prize buck go down significantly, which is why sound and scent proofing are incredibly crucial in the construction of hunting blinds.
Using fiberglass walls not only increases the stability of your blind, but it will also decrease the noises you make when inside. Proper insulation and the use of welding rather than mechanical fasteners also aid in canceling out noises and eliminating scents from within the blind.
4. Windows and Doors
Many people take for granted the parts of a blind that is the most important. Windows and doors not only have to maintain a seal to protect from weather damage, rodents, and insects, they also have to contribute to the noise and scent reduction discussed above.
Acrylic windows are strong and durable, yet easy to open quietly when you spot a can’t-miss shot. This type of window will keep you warm inside of the blind, and help to keep the outside out when adequately closed and latched.
The use of automotive style seals on windows and doors ensures flexibility in even frigid temperatures. It also allows for quieter opening and closing, ensuring that you won’t disturb the very creatures you are trying to hunt or give away your location.
Automobile style seals will help to ensure that your blind will stay as perfect as the day you purchased it for generations to come.
Just as in a home or civic building, it’s important for your hunting blind to have a superior runoff. The shape of your roof should be arched to allow for the maximum runoff.
The material out of which your roof is made is also incredibly important to keep you warm, maintain the blind for a long period, and to aid in scent and sound reduction.
Rubber roofs reduce noise during rain and allow for less noise to escape the blind itself. Also, they are easy to maintain so you won’t have to spend all of your non-hunting hours prepping and cleaning the exterior of your blind.
The construction of your next hunting blind should be the number one thing you research before making a purchase. Material choices for the structure, windows, doors, and roof can all make a big difference in whether or not you are successful on your next hunt.
Remember to consider how the sounds and smells that exit your blind will affect your results, and even how the shape of your structure can keep deer away. If you remember these cardinal construction rules, you will be one step closer to accomplishing all of your hunting goals this season!