Portable Blind?

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Portable Blind?

Postby Rich- » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:18 am

I found some public land that I am going to hunt this season for wood duck and mallard but the area surrounding the ponds on this public land consist of relatively short grass that will provide no form of cover. Permanent blinds are not allowed so I will have to pack one in and out each day if I bring a blind in, which isn't a problem.

Is the best way to hunt these ponds by setting a blind on the bank of the water or should I be doing something else? If a blind on the bank is the best choice are there any companies who make portable duck blinds?
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby rednavy » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:53 am

I would try a layout blind. They are low profile. Or if you are cheap like me get the burlap camo and put the fake grass on it.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby Medic4049 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:26 am

for $40 get one piece of hog panel. get one piece of burlap camo and one bag of zip ties. then cut your hog panel into 4ths, zip tie your pieces together so they fold up and zip tie the burlap to it along with vegetation that is found in your area. put extra zip ties in you blind bag so that you can incorporate things from the area. I use this on public land in my area and place it in a u-shape under a tree and it works great and looks great.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby ks_waterfowler » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:49 am

Layout blind is the only way I hunt public anymore.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby Mr.Blonde » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:53 am

Medic4049 wrote:for $40 get one piece of hog panel. get one piece of burlap camo and one bag of zip ties. then cut your hog panel into 4ths, zip tie your pieces together so they fold up and zip tie the burlap to it along with vegetation that is found in your area. put extra zip ties in you blind bag so that you can incorporate things from the area. I use this on public land in my area and place it in a u-shape under a tree and it works great and looks great.



Do you have a pic of this? Need something portable for hunting in front of a river bank.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:23 am

Medic4049 wrote:for $40 get one piece of hog panel. get one piece of burlap camo and one bag of zip ties. then cut your hog panel into 4ths, zip tie your pieces together so they fold up and zip tie the burlap to it along with vegetation that is found in your area. put extra zip ties in you blind bag so that you can incorporate things from the area. I use this on public land in my area and place it in a u-shape under a tree and it works great and looks great.

problem with that is, a hog panel weighs 34lbs alone, then you add the camo.. so close to 40lbs? almost double the weight of most if not all layout blinds.

I sure wouldnt want to pack that much in if hunting alone.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby Medic4049 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:05 pm

I will get some pics. We will be getting more together in the very near future. I couldnt tell you how much, I just know its worth packing in and I am not afraid to leave it for a day or two if I am hunting a few days in a row.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby scruggs12 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:37 pm

Rich- wrote:I found some public land that I am going to hunt this season for wood duck and mallard but the area surrounding the ponds on this public land consist of relatively short grass that will provide no form of cover. Permanent blinds are not allowed so I will have to pack one in and out each day if I bring a blind in, which isn't a problem.

Is the best way to hunt these ponds by setting a blind on the bank of the water or should I be doing something else? If a blind on the bank is the best choice are there any companies who make portable duck blinds?


This is very simple.

-Take a couple pieces of treated 2"x2"x4' (1 8ft piece gets you 2)
-45* the ends
-Zip tie or staple/nail a grass mat on either side (typically 4' widths)
-Dig into the ground at a backward angle
-tuck in behind it
-Get real creative and make 2 sets, angle them back towards each other. One in front of you, one in back. Tuck down and wait
-Bungee them together and tie a rope to put over your shoulder.

If you have the grass mats, the 2x2 are around $3-$5 each.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby blackrock » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:51 pm

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I'm with medic, sometimes the simple solution is the best. I have layout blinds, layout boats and all kinds of camo, but one of the most effective is a piece of 4foot high fencing with local weeds or tumbleweeds zip tied on. This is the fencing with 2x4 inch holes, had a whole roll of it laying around. Just bend it into a horseshoe shape and use a couple poles to hold it up. This year I'm making them a little longer so the "wings" are longer. I've had best luck with not making it too thick with weeds, and just holding still with the appropriate camo clothing. Light weight and cheap!
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby blackrock » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:53 pm

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The simple fencing/weed blind works in snow too. Shot all these honkers out of one flock at 20 yards. You just need to break up your silhouette.
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Re: Portable Blind?

Postby blackrock » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:29 pm

2500, checkout the fencing instead of hog panels, almost no weight at all. Dry weeds are pretty light too. If you really want it to be less "see through" you can just carry a little netting in with you, to put on the inside as you set up. The only thing about that is if the wind is strong it can flap unnaturally. I keep it thinner and stay low, crouching or laying on the ground, the birds just "think" it's a clump of weeds. If it looks like a dark wall they might skirt to the side. It often works any where from a bare field to the side of a creek or mudflat. You could also angle it back more for lower profile, if you are young and mobile!
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