Homemade Duck Boat Blinds

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A duck blind can be made for a boat for a lot less than one can be purchased. A simple, lightweight frame is all you need to support the camouflaged material that forms the blind itself. The blind can be made from camouflaged cloth or camouflage netting. This allows you to insert bits and pieces of local grasses and plants, like a sniper sneaking up on a flock of geese or ducks. The frame can be permanently assembled with marine adhesive, or partially assembled and erected after you arrive on your hunting grounds.

The Frame

  • The frame to support the camouflage material should be strong enough to support the weight of the material, but not heavy enough to sink the boat. PVC pipe is probably the best choice for two reasons: it's light and strong, and easily assembled. With a bit of thought, you can even rig it so that you can disassemble the frame for ease of transportation.

    The blind will be rectangular, like your boat, have a top frame to hold the camouflage material, and legs to hold the frame up. The top of the blind will be open, so there's no need to support a solid overhead panel. You'll need two lengths of pipe the length of the blind; four "T" joints, attached to the legs to hold the longest pieces of the top frame; four 90-degree elbow joints, perched atop the "T" joints, where you can insert the shorter parts of the top frame; two short pieces of pipe the width of the frame (inserted into the elbows) and four pieces of pipe for the frame's legs. These can be glued together permanently or, if you glue the fittings to one pipe but not the other, the frame can be disassembled.

    Anchoring the frame to the boat means you need four short piece of pipes (or even PVC fittings called couplings) large enough for the legs to fit into. They must be attached to the bottom of your boat with marine adhesive.

The Material

  • You have two choices for a camouflage cover for the blind: a solid sheet of material like canvas, or camouflage netting. Either way, the camouflage cover will have to be attached to the frame well enough to keep it from completely blowing away in a high wind.

    If you plan to wrap the top edge of the material around the top frame, you can put a "hook" strip of self-adhesive hook-and-loop fastener on the edge of the material, wrap it around the top frame and then attach a strip of "loop" material where the hook material touches the cover. That way, you simply drape the edge of the cover material over the top frame and attach it to itself.

    The cover should be long enough that it goes from the top frame, out over the sides of the boat. If you use netting for a cover material, it should be light enough to stay there on its own. If you use a heavier cover material, you may need to attach it to the sides of the boat with hook-and-loop strips.

Setting It Up

  • You can set up the frame before you leave the dock, but don't put the cover or netting in place until you get there, since it may obscure your vision and pose a safety hazard. Boat out to the general location where you want to set up before you set up the netting/cover.

    Once in the general location where you will be hunting, put the camouflage cover in place and continue to your final destination carefully. Use a "second pair of eyes" to help guide your steering, if you have companions along or, if alone, stand up while steering.

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