Cheap Homemade Ground Blinds


A ground blind is a blind used by hunters on the ground, as opposed to tree stand blinds used by hunters positioned in a tree. Blinds are pieces of camouflaged fabric or wood fixed in place and used to conceal the hunter's movements from his prey. Ground blinds are available from hunting and camping stores but may be overpriced or unavailable in the style or dimensions you require. To remedy these issues, you can construct your own ground blind at home with basic supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Fabric tape

Purchase a roll of fabric that will blend well with your hunting location's landscape. For example, if you're hunting in a snowy landscape, purchase a roll of white fabric. If, on the other hand, you're hunting in a dense wooded area, purchase wood-themed camo fabric.

Purchase a spindle of nylon rope, preferably in a color that blends with your landscape, such as white, black, brown or green.

Determine the size of the blind you require by measuring the area where it will be mounted. For example, if you plan to tie the blind between two trees where you camp, measure the distance between the two trees. Determine whether you want a blind only in front of you or behind you as well. If you require more than one, measure the size for each blind.

Unroll the fabric. Measure the length you require and cut it with a pair of scissors. Place fabric tape along the edges of the blind on both sides to keep it from fraying. Put an extra piece of tape on each corner so the fabric is firm and cut a dime-sized hole in each corner, using a pair of scissors.

Run a piece of nylon rope through one of the blind's corners. Wrap it around a tree trunk or branch and tie it in place. Repeat with the three other corners so the blind is fixed in place. You can either remove the blind when you're finished hunting by untying it or leave it in place, though it may degrade quickly if exposed to sunlight, wind and rain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pin the blind in place with camping tent poles if there are no nearby trees or shrubbery.
  • Consider tying a small piece of hunter's orange fabric to the blind to alert other hunters of your presence.

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