Outdoors Angle: Ground Blinds For The Bow Hunter

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     We are a few weeks away from the bow season and it gives us just enough time to get those ground blinds deployed in the field. Ground blinds are an alternative to tree stands and have become a staple for most bowhunters as well as firearms hunters.

     The trick is getting the deer used to seeing the ground blinds in the field well before opening day. I have tried in the past setting up and hunting the same day and it doesn't work. Even the small fawns know something isn't right! You need at least two weeks exposure in the field for the deer to become accustomed to the blind. If you can get those ground blinds out even earlier than two weeks it will make a huge difference.

     Ground blinds have come a long way in terms of quality and performance. Camouflage styles are many and adding accoutrements such as a screened window, swivel chair and scent protection are stellar improvements.

     I am a big fan of ground blinds as I deploy about 6 to 7 in the field as well as a dozen portable tree stands. I choose either a ground blind or tree stand depending on the weather and field conditions the day of the hunt. Having multiple ground blinds and stand locations gives you flexibility for any wind situation and weather hiccups.

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.