Tips to properly camouflage your blind
Hunting from a blind is an excellent way to keep you invisible, safe and with relative comfort, especially on winter days, where the blind offers not only camouflage but also some shelter.
However you must put special care to properly camouflage your blind, otherwise animals will get suspicious and won't get close enough to be on range, particularly if you are a bow or cross bow hunter.
Remember that your game's senses are a lot keener than yours, so fabrics smells, colors not fitting the environment as well any other detail would render your blind detectable, moreover, everything different from usual will be interpreted by many animals as a menace, and will try to stay as far as possible.
So, next time you set your blind, keep in mind the following tips to keep it as invisible as posible.
1. Blend the blind with the surrounding vegetation
It's a good idea to place your blind behind a bush or between the trees (keeping a clear shooting line of course), since it will blend better with the environment than a blind place in the middle of a trail.
In fact, if a deer see a blind on place where the day before there was nothing, probably it will be suspicious and avoid getting closer.
Remember that animals are aware of their territory features, so any change will be detected easily. Thus, keep your blind blended with local environment as much as possible.
2. Use local bushes and branches to cover your blind.
Fabrics are not common on the nature, as well straight lines such as those of your blind; so try to "break" such straight lines covering your blind with branches, leaves and vegetation.
The aim is to be as similar as posible to the surrounding elements in order to minimize changes and thus remain invisible.
In addition, using branches and leaves helps to cover fabrics and glue odors, especially when your blind is brand new.
3. Add some dirt to your blind
It seems crazy, but a new, clean blind will be more visible for your game than an old, dirty one (at least on the outside), so before setting your blind, be sure to add some mud, soil on it.
Such elements will cover man made materials odors, keeping you invisible.
If available, use some cover scents for a better camouflage.
4. Don't set your blind on open terrain
Once again, animals are aware of what they have on their territory. If a blind appears from nowhere in the middle of open terrain, you will be detected immediately; furthermore, you will be visible from longer distances, so instead of being covered, you will be detected almost immediately.
Instead of open terrain, choose tree lines or a place behind rocks to place your blind. On such places there will be less chances to be detected.
5. If possible, set your blind high
Perhaps it's more laborious, but it pays back. Setting your blind high, over your game's vision line, your chances to be detected will be lower and in addition you will have a better shooting line from up to down.
Remember that high blinds hunters are more prone to accidents, so be sure to take preventive measures to avoid accidents, specially when going in or out of the blind, for more information regarding blind safety Click HERE.
6. Find local hunters' advise
They know where the animals prefer to eat and rest on that area, so proper scouting with a local guide will help to decide which is the best place to place your blind and how it will be best covered.
7. Set your blind in advance
At the very beginning if your blind is detected. animals will stay away of it. But since time passes, they will realize there's nothing dangerous about your blind and will assume it as a natural part of the environment.
So, if you set your blind in advance to the season; i.e. one or two weeks before the date you are planning to hunt; once you get there, local fauna will be used to the blind, and won't pay attention to it, so your success chances will increase.
As you may see, setting a blind is not just a matter of installing it and getting inside, instead is an art that requires practice, knowledge and skills; so take your time to know everything you need to become a master camouflaging your blind.