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Quick blind question

Postby bighop » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:34 pm

Simple bench blind with a shelf for shells/bags in front and a small dog platform to the side. What's the shortest you would go to hunt three comfortably and four in a squeeze? Is 10' too short?
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby Cujo1 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:38 pm

12 foot is the interior blind size on my 1860. I can hunt 5 snuggly, 4 comfortable if normal sized or 3 heavy duty xxlarges :thumbsup:
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:56 pm

I think it would be snug with a 10' blind, but possible. That's assuming the dog box isn't included in that length.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:00 pm

bighop wrote:Simple bench blind with a shelf for shells/bags in front and a small dog platform to the side. What's the shortest you would go to hunt three comfortably and four in a squeeze? Is 10' too short?

Is this a boat blind, or are you building a blind. We have a floater with a wood bench on the back wall. It got very uncomfortable having the bench at a right angle. If your building a blind with a bench, get it off the wall a couple inches.

Width, we have a 16' blind that we hunt four very comfortably. Four feet a hunter is awesome.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby bighop » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:00 pm

ByersFarm wrote:I think it would be snug with a 10' blind, but possible. That's assuming the dog box isn't included in that length.

I'm trying to decide on 10' or 12' lumber and whether or not to leave the platform outside the blind, or just a hole in the front.

It's not a particularly large hole on a 10ac pond next to a levee in ~18" water in a thin stand of cattails.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby bighop » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:03 pm

And I'll probably end up building 2-3 of these or making the others simpler with just benches and backdrops.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:07 pm

If the dog won't break, platform outside.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:12 pm

We build our blinds allowing 2.5 ft. per man. I prefer a smaller blind because we are usually out in the wide open bay on a sand flat. I'd rather be cramped in a small tight blind and limit out than be comfortable and have birds flair....YMMV....

general rule is smaller and lower to the ground-the better off you are.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby bighop » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:49 pm

Indaswamp wrote:general rule is smaller and lower to the ground-the better off you are.

And that's why I'm building in the water while others sit on the banks...
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:07 pm

bighop wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:general rule is smaller and lower to the ground-the better off you are.

And that's why I'm building in the water while others sit on the banks...

We hunt standing in water. generally do better when the water is thigh high rather than ankle deep- lower profile to the water..... :thumbsup:
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby aunt betty » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:05 am

Make it 12'.
Why? Efficient use of materials. If you make it ten, you will end up with lots of 2' scraps of plywood and lumber.
Ask jehler and he will most likely agree.
Everyone always wishes their boat was 2' longer so why not blinds?
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby ByersFarm » Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:23 am

I think 10' would be cramped with four people and a dog. It depends a lot on the dog box. We have put 7 in a 16' pit, but it's very cramped.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:34 am

bighop wrote:Simple bench blind with a shelf for shells/bags in front and a small dog platform to the side. What's the shortest you would go to hunt three comfortably and four in a squeeze? Is 10' too short?


Every one in my family is fairly small as you all know...

We just finished a blind build with a 12ft shooting whole and it is a squeez for 4 people that average 5'9" 175lbs.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby bighop » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:42 am

ByersFarm wrote:I think 10' would be cramped with four people and a dog. It depends a lot on the dog box. We have put 7 in a 16' pit, but it's very cramped.

That's my worry, but 4 will be the exception, and I could build a dog stand to leave in the barn and move as needed between ponds if that's the case.

There will be plenty of days with just me or two of us in there, and I don't have a dog until next year.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby t_baker » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:40 am

aunt betty wrote:Make it 12'.
Why? Efficient use of materials. If you make it ten, you will end up with lots of 2' scraps of plywood and lumber.
Ask jehler and he will most likely agree.
Everyone always wishes their boat was 2' longer so why not blinds?
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I built mine at 16' for this reason. Went with 8 footers on everything and had zero waste.

Bighop I think my blind is in the season prep thread, I built it so its easy to tear down and transport and quick to put up. You may check it out.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby i_willie12 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:52 am

If you build it 10' you will wish you would have built in 12' Would think 10' would be tight with 4 guys a bag each etc..
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Quick blind question

Postby bighop » Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:43 am

Ended up 12' with the last 2' as a bench/dog platform. Got it placed and brushed today.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby River Hill » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:20 am

Big Hop that is a nice simple design that looks like it will work great.
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Re: Quick blind question

Postby OGblackcloud » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:42 am

Looks good Hop! :thumbsup:
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