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Hand Dug Pits

Postby greenheadguy » Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:17 pm

:help: Anybody here every di a pitblind by hand. If so what did u use to keep the sides of the pit blind which would be dirt from caving in?
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Postby thaner » Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:08 pm

It all depends on what kind of soil you are in. If it is stiff you can dig it with just a little angel to the walls without much more work, but if not and you don't want to do a lot more digging try this. Dig postholes first and as deep as you can get them. Take a metal posthole auger type digger and cut it if you need to and thread it to add a section or two of pipe so you can keep going. The deeper the better, but try to get it down 3’- 4’ below the bottom of the pit to keep the bottom of the post in place. Put two post in the corner and lag bolt them together with post blocks or use three posts for a corner. Get them all square and fill the bottom some to keep it in place and brace the top of the post to keep them in place. Then dig down and add boards to the inside as you go down. Use some good long galvanized screws or ring shank nails with a lot of holding power because the board are on the inside and the fasteners are all that is holding them to the posts. You can also put some 2x lumber over the boards when you are done and then lag screw the 2x to the post for even more holding power. Keep the pit narrow front to back, but don't make it so narrow you can't work good in it. This will help your ends brace and not get too long. Brace your pit front to back down the line with a post or pair of 2x's near the top of the pit to spread the front and back walls and help keep the top of the posts from leaning in. This also gives you something to put your top cover on. I would probably go with post no more than 4' oc with braces to match. If you want a pit that is 6’ or more front to back you will need to brace the end walls, which can be done with a dead man dug in a ways away from the pit and tied back into the post. This way you don’t lose any space in the end of the pit from diagonal braces. Much of this depends on the soil. If it is very loose or wet it will put a lot of load on the pit walls. If it is very stiff like with a high clay content you can practically dig it and not do anything. The better you build it the longer it will last and the safer it will be.
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Postby h2ofwlr » Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:30 pm

Good post above. :thumbsup:

Basically are you talking about a temp or permanent pit?

Temps are usually smaller and shallower, and often filled in at the end of the day. Best to ask the farmer fisrt, as in years past when they had smaller dia tires, they could break the axle if they hit the old pit even when filled in.

As for Permanent pits, there are concerete, wood, fiberglass, plastic ones. They basically use a back hoe to dig them. Most are about 5' deep. Basically so a 6' man can sit on a chair and his head is a few inches below the top of the ground.

The ones I have hunted out of were wood frame, 16' long, x 4' wide and 5' deep. Often a"flop" top is used where you flip the lid behind you and then fire. The lids are made of wood frame and chicken wire so the vegetation can be woven into the wire, and also allows you to see out between the vegetation which is important when calling geese and ducks.
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Postby killer0009 » Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:45 pm

Try digging the holem then taking a plastic drum and put that in there that works pretty good then just have something that will cover you
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Postby Da guide » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:39 pm

just dig a hole 1-2ft deep by 6ft long and lay in that. cover up w corn stalks or whatever cover ur in. dont need a huge hole just something to get u below ground level. dont over do this one. keep it simple
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Postby oochopper » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:36 pm

you can buy a piece of 4' round piece corrugated plastic pipe that is cut 5 ' to length. i think around $100.00 dollars maybe little more. then you can buy one cap to go over one end . seal all around the cap with whatever you prefer . then bury it flush to ground. then for a seat ya can cut a 2x to go from the corrugated side to side to sit on. brush around it and you got a one man blind. ive seen about 4 of these side by side with about 3or4 feet in between for group to hunt in. check out the cheesy drawing i made for reference.

http://duckhuntingchat.com/userpix/1323 ... _pit_2.jpg
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