I’ve reluctantly made the transition from blind hunting spring turkeys to employing the same tactic for my fall whitetail hunts. Being a treestand hunter and a natural blind hunter at heart, I have resisted the urge to set up hub-style blinds for deer. Quite frankly for my style of hunting they seem excessive.
As of last fall, I’ve changed my tune on the topic. For instance, I’m a big proponent of hunting where the deer currently are and that may mean spending time in places like cattail sloughs that just aren’t conducive to treestand hunting. That might also mean hiding myself away on the edge of a cornfield or alder thicket where ground blinds shine.
Hub-style blinds provide more options for the whitetail hunter, although the same blinds and accessories you’ve bought for turkey season may not carry over as well as you’d hope. Personally, I like relatively small blinds that are lightweight for turkey season. This is because I often carry small blinds in and engage them in a halfway attempt to run-and-gun with my bow. I need portability in the spring woods.
In the deer woods, though, I’ll take big, cushy blinds that allow for plenty of undetected movement. Bigger blinds give a hunter a better chance of sitting in the back of the blind, deep in the shadows and avoiding detection from deer. This is crucial for getting into shooting position and then drawing.
Of course, unlike with turkeys, popping out a blind the day you plan to hunt deer is a bad idea. There is an inherent distrust built into whitetails when it comes to fresh blinds, so they should be set up well ahead of the season. If that’s not an option, brush them in to the point where all you can see are a few black holes that represent shooting ports. After that, cozy up and get ready for a ground-level shot on unsuspecting deer.
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