In turkey hunting, no single piece of gear has increased the success rate of hunters like the ground blind.
Turkeys have keen eyesight. Without good cover, your chances of bagging a turkey are pretty slim, especially in open terrain. That’s why a ground blind is a turkey hunter’s best friend. It sets up quick and easy, gives you convenient cover wherever you need it, and breaks up your outline even in the open field.
Whether you hunt with a gun or a bow, pop-up blinds are a great tool to use when hunting turkeys.
It is also a great tool when teaching youngsters about turkey hunting or for those who may a bit fidgety or have trouble sitting still.
Hub-style blinds are easy and quick to set up. They take only seconds to open, put into place and prepare for the hunter to slip inside. There are also offer small, one-person blinds that weigh a fraction of the larger blinds and conceal one person enough to shoulder a gun or draw a bow without being seen.
Using a pop-up blind offers many advantages. For instance, it’s never fun to sit out in the woods on a cool spring day while it is raining or drizzling. With a pop-up blind, you will most likely stay dry and will be able to hunt longer because you are not uncomfortable and damp.
Open field hunting without a blind is difficult as there is nothing to lean up against or break up your outline. A blind can be placed in the middle of an open field or on the edge of an open field and you are instantly in business. Unlike deer, turkeys don’t pay attention to blinds.
In addition to open farm fields, blinds also work well set up on food plots that turkeys frequent.
Most blind companies offer shoot through windows that allow bow-hunters the ability to keep the windows closed. The shoot through mesh is camouflage and allows little light in, keeping you concealed.
Most companies offer blinds that allow 360-degree viewing, eliminating blind spots while hunting.
Turkey Blind Guidelines
Ideally the blind should be completely enclosed with a roof and numerous windows. This will provide shade or keep rain off the hunter. It will also allow the hunter to be able to see in all directions if need be.
The windows should be made of a camouflage mesh or similar material and have a zipper that can be opened. This will help with concealment and provide a shooting area for sticking the gun or bow out of.
The inside of the blind should be camouflaged or black in color. This will help in concealment and reduce the chances of the hunter being silhouetted.
The blind should be made of a quality, light weight, and water proof material. It should be sturdy when set-up and have limited noise and movement on windy days.
The blind should be tall enough to allow the hunter to stand up completely. It should also be large enough inside to be able to move without hitting the sides.
The blind should be easily unpacked and set-up. It should also be easily folded up and packed away for transport.
The blind can be used anywhere that turkey movement is expected to occur. Feeding or strutting areas are ideal places to use a blind.
The area in which the blind is to be placed needs to be cleared and free from obstructions that may damage the blind. Also make sure nothing will brush up against it to create noise during windy days.
The hunter should place natural terrain items such as limbs, bushes, or grasses around the exterior of the blind for added concealment.
The hunter also needs to use a quality, comfortable chair inside the turkey blind. The chair needs to be light weight and easy to back pack or carry. This will help the hunter be able to sit for extended periods.
Calling From A Blind
Because of the enclosed style of the turkey blind, sounds made from inside will often be distorted. The hunter should be aware of this and move as close to the windows as possible when calling from a blind.
Generally soft yelps, clucks, and purrs are a better approach than calling loud and excitedly. Limit calling to every 15-20 minutes or so. The hunter should be patient and expect gobblers to come in silently.