The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 7, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Hot for cold-weather hunting?


What to do?

With a month of archery season left what are we old timers or freeze bugs suppose to do? Well I hate to say it but I guess we “go blind”. Err, I mean we consider hunting from a blind. As much as I detest blinds they do have their place in the hunting arena and the outdoors sports. With all the new fancy blinds that on the market you can stay out of the wind and cold, sit in a nice comfortable chair, one that swivels at that, and see 360 degrees around you.

Shoot, if you’re that much of a freeze baby, you can even put a Little Buddy double bottle heater in it and stay there from sun up to sun down, eat your lunch in comfort and sip coffee all day long.

Oh, I forgot to mention, many of them aer “scent-free,” also. But there’s a trick to hunting like the big boys you see on TV, placement. Just like a tree stand, placement of your ground blind can make or break your hunt.   

Blind placement

With the right placement and concealment, using a ground blind can be just as effective as using a treestand. Deer will rarely spot you if you use these tips to conceal your blind. Deer see sharp edges very clearly; so don’t set up your blind on a hill or ridge, where its profile will stand in stark contrast with the sky. Set up in an area with background cover that is at least as tall and wide as your blind, for example at the base of a hill, in a dip in the terrain, or in front of a stand of trees.

Use the landscape

Find a good hiding spot where the natural vegetation breaks up the pattern of the landscape, such as a scraggly stand of trees, low-hanging branches, a wild mix of grass and brush, a downed tree, or a large pile of wood or hay. Your hiding place will vary depending on the landscape. If the spot you want to set up your blind lacks natural cover, you can make your own. Drag a pile of dead branches over to your lucky spot to draw attention away from your blind and to make your blind look less out of place.

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