Ground blinds are very popular to hunters. Especially, the bow hunter. Blinds facilitate them with an effective hunting session without being seen. Also, allow them a safe hideout and easy movement without being seen during hunting session. It also hides the necessary tools of the hunter.
Instead of making one, most people buy a blind. If you want to build DIY ground blind yourself then you need some essential power tools like a good belt sander for your project. You can also use them for various DIY projects. Well, the thing is, a bought blind can’t be customized with the hunting spot fully, which is the first concern during the hunt. Above all, it will look an artificial object among the naturals.
It is the best idea to make a homemade ground blind and customize it according to the spot.
So let’s take a tour to the DIY ideas of ground blinds.
DIY ground blind ideas
Ground blinds can be of various kinds depending on the type hunting spot. You have to make a ground blind which can easily blend in the surrounding. Here, I’ve given different ideas of blind grounds. Hope you’ll find them useful.
Bush-type ground blind
This model is designed for bushy hunting spots. If your background has less tree and more bushy face then you need to make a blind that resembles it.
First, start with finding two medium-sized wood pieces. Cut them about the height of your chest. These two pieces will be your foundation.
Set your foundation into the soil very well. Now you need a cross piece between your foundation. Measure the distance between them and cut another piece of wood and set it above the foundation. This will be easy if your foundation has natural hooks. Also make sure that your foundation is able to cover a medium, semi-large area afore you.
Now that you have your foundation and cross piece, start to give it a bushy look. Collect thin and thick, large and medium wood pieces. Cover the front with it. It will look more natural if you put twigs with green leaf. Cover the rest with fall off leaves in the ground.
If you want to hunt with one side coverage it is okay. Because earlier I’ve said that the front must cover a wide space. And if you want a surrounded ground blind you can add sides. Some people prefer hexa sides, some people prefer Quadra-sides. The building procedure is the same for the sides.
Tree-type ground blind
To make a natural ground blind you have to find two side by side with a medium distance. These trees will be your base structure for this model. You can make sides resembling the bush-type ground blind. The tricky part is, the maneuver should be angled by 30° or 45° with the ground. So you have to make the side concerning this.
Crowd the front by adding small to medium twigs and wooden pieces. But don’t crowd it too much because you have to operate your bow easily when the target arrives.
The last part is doing the roofing. You can make your roof simply by a polystyrene coverage. The color must be dark or contrasted with the surrounding. Camouflage the front by paint spray if needed. And you are ready for a bow hunt with your amazing hunting blind.
Wooden ground blind
For this model, you need to have lots of wooden planks. Start by deciding how tall you want your ground blind to be. Usually, the front side is 1 inch larger than the back side. This design facilitates you to stay dry while raining because angled roof makes the water slide off to the ground. So, cut your front piles one inch taller than the back piles. Start nailing them to the base of your blind. Usually, the front of the ground blind is 6 inches taller.
The window must be in height of your height sitting in the chair. And it must have enough room for operating a bow and keeping the necessary equipment.
Make your entrance behind the design. It will make you less visible while you go in and out.
Cover the whole structure with polystyrene synthetic to make it water resistant. Design the exterior according to the surrounding. For golden area cover your blind with straws. For the greenish area cover your blind with camouflage paint and medium twigs and leaves. You can add tree barks to the exterior to give it more natural look.
Old car ground blind
If you don’t want to hunt on the ground, old isolated cars can be an excellent idea for high surface hunting. It should resemble a lighthouse structure. Create a strong wooden base and put the old car on the top. As you are bow hunting you won’t find much room to easily operate your bow. So what you need to do is cut off the roof. Customize the exterior according to the surrounding. And you are ready to go.
Abandoned well ground blind
There can be found isolated well in the forest. You can use it as a ground blind. Or you can build your own well ground blind. With the help of bricks and cement, you can make a well-shaped. Give it a camouflage look. Add some bushes and leaves for the final touch.
Tin made ground blind
This structure resembles the wooden blind. The difference is in the material. Also instead of planks, large tin patches and brackets are used here. This design has a pro and a con. The pro is, no additional polystyrene is needed to make it waterproof. The con is tin is heat absorbent. The interior temperature gets hotter than the exterior in summer.
Tent ground blinder
Your outcaste tent can be a great ground blinder. For me, this is the best DIY blind. That’s why I saved it for the last. You just have to give it a camouflage look concerning the surrounding. And finally, cover it with leaves and bushes. But before that, cut an agreeable window for your bow hunt.
Homemade Ground Blinds are a money-saving project. You can easily make your own with unused supplies from your basement. You just need to make it concerning the space you need, the area where you are setting it up and how much it blends with nature.
So, start building your very own ground blind. Good luck!