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Pit Blind Flaps

Postby Hogsbreath » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:51 pm

Has anyone made any pit blind flaps? I'm looking for plans or examples like Gibson Flip-Flops. We've got a roll top blind, but it is heavy as all-get-out, and nearly impossible to roll back by one person. Any suggestions?
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby scruggs12 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:36 pm

Cut the top of a commercial garbage can. The ones the trash companies provide. The are plastic and you can cut them below the hinges. Lightweight and can modify a little by setting them on 2x4's if the pit blind opening is too big. You can cut slots to be able to see out of and also to add camo, vegetation, etc.

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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby Freezer » Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:45 am

PVC pipe can build almost any cover you want. I hunt the refuge blinds and made flip covers with 3/4" pipe, green chicken wire. A light net cover was installed and some light vegetation on top is all you'll need. With a few elbows, 45s and tees you could make a swing cover.
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby Huntfish12 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:47 am

These worked out ok. Got less then $200 in parts and thats with alot of trial and error including stuff i didnt need. If you do something like this, go with sturdy unions, and sturdy hinge hardware. they are the weak points in the design. Ive replaced a few of the unions on mine with a better metal and they are lasting alot longer.
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby BillMurray » Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:30 pm

I picked up some wood heavy duty lattice someone was throwing away and cut it lengthwise into 12" sections. Then cut it the width of our pit openings. I braced it with thin strips of wood on each side then attached cheap hinges. Then covered it with burlap and mudded it and covered in stalks/stubble. They are super light and easily fly open like layout doors. One folds down in front and one behind the shooter. We left a couple inch gap to be able to peek out while we are calling

I was very happy with it considering the covers we had before were just sheets of plywood and heavy as all get out. Totally recommend this approach to anyone making pit doors
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby tenfingergrip » Tue May 27, 2014 1:59 pm

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Don't know what type of blind you've got, but here is a sketch I did back about 15 years ago for a blind I was putting up in some old abandoned gravel/sand pits that I leased from a paving company to duck and goose hunt in. The only thing I remember it costing me was for some hinges and a couple of rubber heavy duty bungee cords, camo paint and a few eye screws. There was lots of old 4x4 treated 1/2 inch plywood road signs, plenty of treated 4/4 x 8' treated signposts and rolls of that black plastic erosion fencing. Everything I needed to make a blind and even had a contingent of mallards & widgeon that visited all thru the day.

I found some 5/4 rounded treated boards that I made the flip top out of after I took them back to my shop and split them so the top wouldn't be so heavy. I used the bungee cords to assist in pulling the lid back and all you had to do was give it a little shove and the bungees would do the rest. The bungees were attached to eye screws in the lid and back-support posts. I had to put a "stopper chains" on each side which were attached to the lid and the middle of the side-support posts. They would keep the lid from going all the way back and down. I had to "fine tune' the chains and bungees so the "recoil" wouldn't bring the lid back down on my/our heads. I later put in a middle back-support post to further support the lid as the torque from the bungees was trying to destroy the lid. The extra post made it much better. The lid was attached to back three posts with hinges. I brushed the blind and the lid with red cedar, which is prevalent around here, using cable ties. The blind served me well for many years until the paving company sold the property for big bucks.

Not sure if I would do that same lid out of the same construction material now. I now have access to thousands of pieces of conduit which was used in a tree farm to hold up the tree protectors, so about the bottom 2 feet is rusty beyond use but the other 8 feet is fine. I think using elbows for corners and flattening out the ends of cross pieces, I could make the lid much lighter and be just as effective. Bungees would still work for the 'assist pull'.

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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby Fowlaction » Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:07 am

Huntfish12 wrote:These worked out ok. Got less then $200 in parts and thats with alot of trial and error including stuff i didnt need. If you do something like this, go with sturdy unions, and sturdy hinge hardware. they are the weak points in the design. Ive replaced a few of the unions on mine with a better metal and they are lasting alot longer.



I built some doors like this for my pit blind out of EMT and Bimini hardware.how did you connect the cross bar did you weld it on?
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby Huntfish12 » Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:19 am

Fowlaction wrote:
Huntfish12 wrote:These worked out ok. Got less then $200 in parts and thats with alot of trial and error including stuff i didnt need. If you do something like this, go with sturdy unions, and sturdy hinge hardware. they are the weak points in the design. Ive replaced a few of the unions on mine with a better metal and they are lasting alot longer.



I built some doors like this for my pit blind out of EMT and Bimini hardware.how did you connect the cross bar did you weld it on?

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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby Hogsbreath » Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:21 pm

I know this is a very old post that I started, but figured I could post some pictures of our version of pit flaps that we made. The flap is made of hog panel cut to fit the pit, and then, depending on which pit, we built a frame for the flaps to rest on, made of garden stakes and 2x4's or other long scrap wood. The panels will be brushed with fast grass, rice stubble, or a combination of both.

Obviously, we're working with what we're given, in that our pits aren't the greatest built pits ever. But, once the grass/rice/brush changes, they'll be perfectly concealed. The last picture shows the rice stubble brushing on the backside. The ducks won't know what hit them!
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:13 pm

Dura cover. It's like long broom bristles. You can make a wooden top, cut access holes wherever your shooters will be, then pit the dura cover over the holes. Image

You can spray paint it to match your surroundings.
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby Hogsbreath » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:41 pm

We looked into the dura-cover and also Gibson Blind flaps. Both look like great options, but we were being budget conscious. Here are a few pics of the finished blind covered with rice stubble. We finished off the other blinds with fast-grass and rice stubble or corn stalks.
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Re: Pit Blind Flaps

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:12 pm

You just push it outta the way when you wanna shoot?
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