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Beaver Hut Blind

Postby AR Dave » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:53 am

So I have the outside of my 12'x5' blind ready, will continue adding beaver sticks. Debating on how to finish the inside. Seating – chairs, 5 gallon buckets, boat seats, bench, etc. After sitting in different blinds, I think a 2x12 board would be best. About bucket height for seating. For a shelf – 2x4 (enough for box of shells) or wider (enough for coffee, carrying bag, etc.)? Any thoughts or additional ideals?
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby auto-5 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:10 am

Good camo job... :grooving:
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby B.Hud » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:41 pm

never would have thought of that
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby Humpbackshooter » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:31 pm

A 2x12 is not quite big enough. Not enough room to lay back. In ours, we used (2) 2x10's.
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby rabbitdundied » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:29 pm

Make sure you build room to lean back. If you butt the board up to the back of the blind you will not be comfortable.
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby AR Dave » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:11 am

Being able to lean back - exactly what I wanted to hear. Leaning back will make it easier to hide in the shadows, when ducks start circling. Two 2 x 10's? Don't think I've sat in a blind with that wide of seating, makes sense, I'm going to do it. My partner wanted me to tilt the seat (board), I just didn't like that. Thanks - off to the Lumber Yard I go :smile:

Oh yes I've enjoyed building, but worked hard on this blind. I busted a real Beaver Dam yesterday, hoping water is rising around the blind now. Still need rain though. I took detailed pictures along the way. Here's a picture of the family painting the chicken wire and the first layer of wood. And some real Beaver Hut pics, photo's I tried to duplicate. I'm told that ducks associate Beaver Huts with a safe place. Next summer I'm going to put mud in between all the Beaver Sticks.

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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby steve-o » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:32 am

very cool blind :thumbsup:
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby Humpbackshooter » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:41 am

If there is real live beavers in the area, you better tie off the wood very good. Reason being is, we had some that would come and steal the wood off the blind that we had build.
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby AR Dave » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:36 am

Ha ha - oh no - most of the beaver sticks, the outer layer, I stole from them. It's a Beaver Swamp. I've wired a lot of em down, but a lot more to go. Just call me Uncle Si "Hey Jack, it's on like Donkey Kong - it's me or them" :biggrin: I've been wondering if I could spray the blind down with a Beaver Repellent. Also I might be a little jumpy during snake season...
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby BenelliBoy75 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:07 pm

17 inches is a good bench height. Built many at this height never had any complaints. I'm 6'1" and it's not too short or too tall.
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby AR Dave » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:54 pm

17" thanks! I get side tracked easily and ended up at the swamp. Yesterday I dug a 2 foot trench across an upstream Beaver Dam to let water into my slough, it was pouring. When I got back - wow - those beavers had patched it up. I didn't think some sticks would stop it up and I was right. Those rascals put a few logs on there, then wove grass stalks into it, borrowed my wheel barrow and dumped concrete on it. I dug it out again and put an 8", 10 foot long PVC pipe on the bottom. But I got the water up 4" at eh blind :grooving:

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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby steve-o » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:01 pm

sorry to tell you, but they will fill that pipe easily.
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby greenster » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:22 pm

Shotgun will take care of beaver too :hammer:
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby AR Dave » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:10 pm

Those Beavers did a better job last night than the night before. They got an 8" fence post, guess it was floating in creek, and stopped it up. How they bring mud in a pack it down is just neat. There was some mud in the pipe but it might be from swimming over it. The pipe sticks out 4 ft in front of dam and under water. Anyway I've got as much water out of there as I can for now. I need some rain! Oh and I harvested a deer before I left the woods this afternoon.
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby tb44 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:33 am

Looks good did one similar afew years ago. What part of the state are you located? Yall seeing many birds? Also id advise against killing to many of the beavers if any at all. Thats whats holding the water in your area it seems from your description. You kill to many all the dams will begin to deteriorate and before you know it your swamp wont hold near the water or birds......
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby AR Dave » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:03 pm

Yes I agree with you about the Beavers – Love / Hate Relationship.

We’re on both side of the Arkansas River, spread out from Morrillton to Dardanelle / Russellville. Birds were pretty good during the first run, we shot a lot of Gadwall. Of course they’re in places with water. Just saw a hundred (lot of mallards) that roost in a flooded bean field we have. But it seems that first push of birds has either moved on or found quiet out of the way places. Hollabend WMA doesn’t have many ducks hanging out of there, good indicator.
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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby AR Dave » Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:12 pm

Thanks so much guys! I sat on a 12" wide bench this morning, watching ducks come in, and I was ready to get up in 30 mins. Last week it was just fine for 5 hrs, but now I'm aware of how uncomfortable it is. Ha ha - I'm so glad y'all had me make this one wider. 17" high and 18" wide.

Update - installed and love it, would be nice to have water/ducks and winter now.

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Re: Blind Ergonomics

Postby AR Dave » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:32 pm

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Re: Beaver Hut Blind

Postby AR Dave » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:53 pm

Had to get some lumber this morning....

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Beaver Hut Blind

Postby steve-o » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:55 pm

Have the beavers tried to steal any wood yet?
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Re: Beaver Hut Blind

Postby AR Dave » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:49 pm

Well we keep wondering if there was a stick here and there. They chewed the end of one log right on the blind and they mowed down some brush beside the blind. I'm thinking it's just a matter of time. These Beavers are seriously busy all over this slough, making canals everywhere. I found a spray called - 4 The Birds, that is supposed to repel Beavers. I need to find out how to order it.
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Re: Beaver Hut Blind

Postby whisperin' duck » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:09 pm

That looks EXTREMELY snakey!!! I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing during teal season :hammer: :hammer:
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Beaver Hut Blind

Postby Mojo281 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:30 am

Have you killed any ducks outta that thing yet?
Make em hate it!!
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Re: Beaver Hut Blind

Postby AR Dave » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:06 am

Yes we have harvested some Gadwall. They seem very comfortable with the blind. We'll all be standing up looking behind the blind, then turn around to see a duck right in our face on the front side. Only problem, we still have, is it's a higher water blind. Water is 2 ft below normal. Ducks are flying into two wider holes along the slough - have that covered with simple blinds. The green duck weed is also clear on those bigger water holes. Thinking I might try to rake some of ours out. If it'll ever start raining, the water will spread up into timber around this blind and ducks (mallards) love feeding there. Have a feeling that thur, when it's 18 degs, I could bust ice with 4 wheeler and do good there.

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Beaver Hut Blind

Postby Mojo281 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:57 pm

Awesome!! I love seeing fellow hunters think outside the box and be rewarded with success!
Make em hate it!!
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