Whether you are a waterfowl hunter or photographer, you will want a duck blind to shoot ducks and other waterfowl. There are many duck blinds on the market. Many people choose to make their own. They have more control over the design and materials. Duck blinds should be made to allow for indigenous foliage to be placed over it in various spots to further help the blind blend into its surroundings. Blinds can be made either stationary or portable. Portable blinds allow you to go where the most waterfowl action is located on any given day. A functional blind can be made out of plywood so that it is both portable and durable.
Things You'll Need
- 1 1/2-by-48-by-96-inch plywood panel
- Table saw
- 6 hinges, with included screws
- Screw gun
- 2 4-by-4-by-18-inch wood posts
- 1 box of 2-inch coated screws
- 1 2-by-12-by-48-inch board
- 1/8-inch drill bit
- 4 3-inch coated screws
- 1 48-by-96-inch chicken wire section
- Staple gun
- 1 box 1/2-inch staples
- Olive drab flat exterior paint
Saw the 1/2-by-48-by-96-inch plywood panel into four equal sections with the table saw. Each section should measure approximately 1/2 by 48 by 24 inches.
Place the sections of plywood out on a work surface. Align a hinge at each joint 12 inches from the bottom and top edges of the plywood sections. Fasten the hinges in place, using a screw gun and the included screws. This forms the blind structure.
Place one 4-by-4-by-18-inch wood post at each end of the blind structure so that it is flush with the edge of each side and bottom. Fasten the boards to the structure by screwing the posts to the plywood. These are the seat supports.
Stand the blind structure upright. Angle the sides so that they form a backless pentagon shape. Place the 2-by-12-by-48-inch board on top of the seat supports. Drill two 1/8-inch holes in each end of the board, using a 1/8-inch drill bit and drill. You will be able to screw the seat in place once the blind is in position using 3-inch coated screws and a screwdriver. Just carry them with you when you transport the blind.
Place the chicken wire panel across the blind structure so that half of it sticks up over the top edge of the blind structure. Staple the wire to the plywood on the blind structure, using 1/2-inch staples and a staple gun. The wire will provide a system to be able to place natural materials over the blind. Bend the wire mesh down over the top as needed for more coverage.
Paint the entire blind structure with olive drab flat exterior paint and a paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry according to the instructions with the paint container before use. Fold the blind up and use it on the go.
Tips & Warnings
- Bring along a camouflage netting in case there is little natural materials to add to the blind where you choose to set it up. This way you will always have some extra form of concealment.
- Wear eye protection when working with wood.
- Follow tool safety precautions for safe operation.
- Photo Credit ducks image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.com
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