I have attended many sports shows and spoken to literally thousands of hunters. There is no shortage of opinions about hunting out of a blind rather than sitting in a tree. I can honestly say that I have heard just about every angle of this issue and have gotten to know the issues that support this type of hunting and the issues that oppose this type of hunting. While most of us know all too well what it is like to sit in a tree stand for hours, not all of us know what it is like to hunt from a blind.
Most of the opposing opinions seem to fall in the camp of “that’s cheating.” I have heard countless times that it really isn’t deer hunting if you sit in a blind. While I have a deep respect for everyone’s opinion, I also am free to disagree with some opinions that don’t agree with mine. I remember 30 years ago looking out on the frozen lakes and seeing much fewer fish houses and lots of folks sitting on buckets. Then when there was severe weather or windy conditions, you didn’t see nearly the amount of folks on the lakes. Today, there are very few folks on the frozen lakes sitting on buckets even on a bright sunny day. Most all are in a manufactured fish house, homemade fish house or some type of portable fish house.
Get my deer every year!
Bad weather makes blinds look so inviting!
We build fish houses too!
Deer hunting is evolving just like ice fishing did. In many cases we have 9 days of gun deer season. With what seems like fewer and fewer deer, being able to remain in the woods no matter what the weather conditions is becoming more and more critical in being successful. In addition, the simple fact that in windy conditions or rain or snow, sitting in a blind is a much more enjoyable experience, at least for me.
Last year, I sat in my blind for the first two days of the season in 30 mph wind. I couldn’t help but think about how having this blind made all the difference for me and allowed me to sit there all day even though I did not see a deer that I considered a shooter. Without that blind, I probably would not have been in the woods near as long and would have disturbed the woods going in and out a few times each day.
Hunting from a blind has many advantages. It definitely helps with concealment, noise, scent and protection from the nasty environmental conditions. But it also has disadvantages. The most obvious is hearing and sense of direction. When there is an approaching deer making noise, many times it takes a few seconds to determine which way the noise is coming from because the sound waves are bouncing around the inside of the blind. For veteran hunters, a few seconds could mean a missed opportunity. That is why experienced blind hunters are constantly scanning in all directions.
When all the opinions are in, it is fair to say that for those that don’t want to hunt from a blind should stick with what works for them, and for those that hunt from a blind, we are gaining momentum just like the fish houses. FYI: We build fish houses too!