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Ground Blind Basics for Turkeys
Posted: 12 February 2012 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Anyone have any tips on using a ground blind for turkeys? My lil hunting buddy likes hunting out of one, And we will be able to get away with all his moving around:)

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Posted: 12 February 2012 07:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have actually had a lot of luck hunting out of a ground blind for turkeys.  Last year i shot my best gobbler to date out of mine, and left it up and my hunting buddy shot 2 gobblers a week later in the same blind/spot and he had his 2 daughters in the blind with him.  I like to hunt the edge of a field you know the turks are using, but my key has been to position the blind so the side facing the field is flush/parallel to the tree line meeting up against the field (or keep it 5 yds back in the timber), dont position the blind so so the back side butts up against the timber causing the blind to protrude and stick out from the tree line.  And then add a few branches/brush that matches the background to the brush holders.  Also, MAKE SURE to tie the blind down properly, go overboard with making sure the blind doesnt blow away.  I actually put mine out about 2 weeks early to give the gobblers a chance to get used to the blind.  Welp, now i am rambling, but real pumped for gobbler season.  I am hoping to video tape a hunt out of my blind this year, and possibly leave the shotgun at home to bow one, maybe.

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Posted: 12 February 2012 08:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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CChunter, Take the bow,Camera and then post the hunt for us;)

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Posted: 13 February 2012 09:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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This may sound like common sense but make sure you know your soil and it’s compaction so you can know what type of seat to bring. I hunt in West Central IL and the soil is mostly sand. There is nothing worse than bringing your favorite stool or hunting chair thinking you’ll be comfortable and having it sink 8inches when you sit on it. (Ok- I’m a big dude, but you get the point.) Putting you in a position too low, creates fatigue and poor sight lines. I’ve found in my area, a 5 gallon bucket with the bottom cut out along with a good seat attachment and back rest (see cabela’s. basspro, etc..) works for me. The reason I cut the bottom out is in case I am now too high in the blind, I can easily twist the bucket into the sand to reach the desired height. Good luck and post some video of a limb hanger for us!

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Posted: 13 February 2012 04:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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great way for kids and old dudes to turkey hunt. have been using same blind in same spot next to a ridge in the woods for 4 years with great sucess. i gotten slower so i go out whenever i get up, go out set up a couple of dekes, get thermos out and chirp once in a while, about 9 to 11am seems to be a good time. havent been busted by a gobbler looking through the window mesh yet

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Posted: 21 February 2012 10:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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All above mentioned comments have pretty much hit the basics needed. A couple additional tips…if hunting with a gun ensure the kids put on ear pro prior to pulling the trigger, also it’s helpful to ensure the end of the barrel is out, and away from the blind window when pulling the trigger. Last spring my wife did not have the barrel outside the blind and forgot to put her ear muffs down prior to the shot, sound waves bounced around causing her ears to ring for 3 days. Due to a lifetime of hunting and 12 years of military, demolitions, and repetitive RPG/mortar attacks I barley heard a thing.  During shotgun season a buddy texts me saying he shot a deer but the barrel/scope thing was not in his favor and he blew a hole through his blind. I ribbed him all day about it and wouldn’t you know that night I did the same thing to my brand new blind. In my defense the barrel was clear of the blind but the gasses exiting the barrel actually left 2 perfect cuts 2-4 inches long. Now. if your bow hunting the last rule definitely applies. Again last spring, worked 2 gobblers in after 3 hours of calling and giving them the cold shoulder multiple times got em within bow range and blew it at the last second by not lifting my arrow over the window. Sights were dead on, now I have a 2-3 inch Rage wound in another blind. One last bit of advice, the above archery incident took place on state ground…late seasons (4-5) birds do NOT like ground blinds. Knowing this from many past failures I had brushed the blind in quite well from 3 sides but left one open to enter/exit, the 2 toms were good until they had worked their way to that side. Immediate putts followed and I got excited and blew the shot by not checking my arrow clearance. If your hunting private ground no worries, state, brush it in well or leave it at home, they get wise fast.

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Posted: 27 February 2012 10:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Colt - 21 February 2012 10:36 PM

, they get wise fast.

I’ve successfully set blinds up 30 yards out in a field and put my decoys inbetween me and the brushline. Usually though, I set up in the brush line with my decoys set at the 20 or 25 yard line so I can use them for bow yardage markers. I think the most important thing is to keep the inside back half of your blind dark so the turkeys can’t catch your silhouette movement. It doesn’t take much to get busted as you all know and after birds get smart it can be even harder.

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Posted: 28 February 2012 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Now that turk has some spurs!!!!!!Awesome pic ihunt!!!!

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Posted: 29 February 2012 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I have tried blinds a couple of times unsuccessfully.  So I am anti-blind.  smile  I have had 5 successes without…so I kinda like to go “commando” on em…:)

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