How to Brush in a Ground Blind (Step by Step)
Any experienced hunter knows that concealment is key.
Few methods of concealment are as effective as the use of a ground blind.
The use of a ground blind affords a hunter the ultimate in both comfort and concealment, taking the hunting experience to the next level.
However, to get the most out of your efforts, you must first understand how to brush in a ground blind.
What You Need:
How to Brush in a Ground Blind - Prepairation:
1. Select Proper Blind Placement
Before you can ever brush your blind in, you must first select a suitable location for its placement. These are excellent locations for the placement of a ground bind:
2. Open Your Blind As Specified
You will now open your blind into its intended form.
In the event that you face any difficulties, nearly all ground blind manufacturers include instructions for use within their packaging.
3. Stake Down Your Blind
Stake your blind down once you have determined the location in which it is to be placed.
Drive your stakes downward through the looped section of hold down strap that is structurally attached to each corner of your blind.
This keeps your blind rigid and prevents it from being displaced by a sudden gust of wind.
Selectively Cut Brush For Concealment:
1. Study Your Natural Surroundings
Before choosing brush for use when attempting to conceal your blind, you must first consider what will appear most natural.
Study the foliage within close proximity to your blind.
Base your decision on what foliage to cut off of your observations.
2. Begin Seeking Foliage Of The Desired Nature
Once thought has been given as to which types of foliage will obtain the desired results, begin looking for brush of this nature.
In some environments this will be small branches, in others this might be lengthy forms of native grasses.
3. Cut What Is Needed
Begin cutting an adequate source of brush for your project.
This can be accomplished with the use of a hacksaw in the case of branches or other large brush.
Likewise, use a machete to swiftly, but carefully, cut native grasses.
Place Brush As Desired:
1. Begin Placing Brush Around Blind
With your brush cut, you will now begin positioning your brush against your blind.
The idea is to break up your blind’s outline, not to completely cover it.
Start on one side, gently leaning brush against the blind, while being mindful to avoid covering the windows.
Work in a similar pattern around the circumference of the blind until the desired effect is created.
2. Assess Your Work
At this point, you will want to study the blind from all angles to ensure that equal coverage around lower levels of the blind has been obtained.
It is often helpful to stand back at a distance when analyzing your work to obtain a better perspective.
3. Begin Securing Brush To The Blind
You will now begin securing the brush to the outer circumference of the blind. This will be done with the use of paracord.
Take one end of your spool of paracord and gently drape it on the brush at one corner of the blind.
Proceed to walk around the circumference of the blind while draping the paracord along the brush as you go.
4. Tie Off Your Paracord
Once you have made a full revolution around the blind, cut off your paracord while leaving roughly a foot of excess cord.
Pull the two ends of the cord snug and securely tie them together.
5. Apply Additional Brush
You will now apply any additionally needed brush to the upper segments of your blind.
This is accomplished by tucking remaining foliage into the area behind the paracord in a fashion that provides coverage at higher points on the body of the blind.
This is often only needed at the corner segments of the blind, as all other areas are encompassed by windows.
Make All Final Adjustments
1. Trim Around Windows
Take your hand pruners and trim any excess brush that would impede your view from inside the blind.
Cut no more than what is absolutely necessary, as to retain maximum concealment.
2. Set Inside The Blind
You will now take your chair and precede into the blind.
While sitting in the chair, carefully study your view out of every window.
Make sure that you have an adequate sight picture and that shooting will not be impeded.
3. Assess From A Distance
You will now exit and step away from the blind at a distance of approximately 20 yards.
Assess your handiwork from all angles, ensuring that all brush is applied in a satisfactory manner.
4. Pick Up And Secure The Area
If satisfied with the results, ensure that all cutting utensils and supplies are packed safely away in the confines of your daypack.
Before leaving the area, close and secure all blind windows and doors.
These blind set up tips to help you make the absolute most out of your efforts when brushing in your ground blind.
1. Go For All-Season Concealment
When choosing what brush to use when concealing your ground blind, use brush from evergreen tree species such as cedar or pine trees, if they are natural to the area you are hunting.
The foliage on an evergreen tree will remain vibrant in color far longer than that from other trees.
This allows your blind to remain hidden for a longer period of time without the brush becoming dead and discolored.
Additionally, many varieties of evergreen foliage also put off a natural aroma that will help conceal your scent.
2. Don’t Cut Brush To Closely To Your Blind
Although the brush that you cut is best gathered from the general area that you will be hunting, you do not want to cut your brush too close to the blind.
Deer and other game species become wise to sudden change within their environment.
For this reason, sudden tree trimming within close proximity of your blind will chance spooking game.
Instead, strive to cut brush from at least 100 yards away from the location of your blind.
3. Place 3-4 weeks before
Even in your best efforts to brush in and conceal your blind, game species tend to be somewhat wary of a terrain feature that has suddenly appeared.
It is quite normal for deer and other animals to be skittish and nervous around a ground blind for the first couple of weeks after putting it out.
Because of this, it is highly advisable to place and brush in your ground blind three to four weeks in advance of the first day in which you intend to hunt.
4. Be Mindful Of Your Scent
Game animals depend heavily on their sense of smell for survival.
For this reason, it is very important to keep your human odor at bay when setting up and brushing in your ground blind.
If possible, wear rubber boots because of their scent reductive qualities and use scent eliminator sprays when brushing in your blind, just as you would when hunting.
It is no secret that the rise in popularity of ground blinds has revolutionized the way we hunt.
However, careful planning is still needed to make the most out of your ground blind hunting.
Now that you know how to brush in a ground blind, you will be well on your way to success.
Let me know what your favorite tip or tactic on this list was, or if you have some great tips of your own that were not listed above.