10 Best Hunting Blinds | April 2017

10 Best Hunting Blinds
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We spent 36 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Perfect for hardcore hunters looking for some extra coverage out in the field and also nature photographers trying to get that perfect shot of skittish deer or other animals, these hunting blinds will give you close-up access to all kinds of wildlife by keeping you and your gear blended into the scenery. Most can also keep you somewhat protected from the elements. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best hunting blind on Amazon.
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The Ameristep Tent Chair is one of the most compact blinds available, making it perfect for single hunters who want to create a minimal visual profile. The wide front opening and zippered side windows give you several different viewing angles.
  • carrying case with shoulder strap
  • attaches to chair for stability
  • not completely rainproof
Brand Ameristep
Model 1RX1C028
Weight 12.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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At just 12 pounds, the Tangkula Ground Hunting is extremely lightweight, thanks in part to its fiberglass frame. The tent itself is constructed of heavy-duty 150D Oxford fabric and protected from rain and snow with a polyurethane coating.
  • includes storage bag
  • easy folding design
  • not great for taller people
Brand Tangkula
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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Time is of the essence when you're after elusive game, which is why the Guide Gear Super Magnum was made with a spring-action frame that lies flat when not in use but pops up quickly when you need it. The polyester shell is both weather-resistant and flame-retardant.
  • black polyurethane interior
  • 6 side panels with zippered windows
  • can be difficult to fold up
Brand Guide Gear
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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For the minimalist hunter looking for a quick and easy alternative to a full-blown blind, the Primos 6093 Up-N-Down is worth considering. The ultralight canvas comes with five sharpened stakes and is adjustable from 23 inches to 36 inches high.
  • double-sided camo print
  • easiest set-up option
  • does not protect from elements
Brand Primos
Model 6093
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The Barronett Blinds Pentagon is a mansion of a hunting hub whose unique, five-sided design allows it to offer more room than almost any other model out there. Nine interior windows and three gun ports ensure you never miss a buck because of obstructed views.
  • accommodates up to 4 hunters
  • includes ground stakes and tie-downs
  • a little on the heavy side
Brand Barronett Blinds
Model PT550BW
Weight 23.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
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The Ghostblind Runner is a handy choice when all you need is a little extra concealment in the field. At only eight pounds, it's extremely easy to relocate, while six mirrored panels reflect whatever environment you decide to bed down in, from forest floor to icy tundra.
  • designed to minimize sun flare
  • great for turkey hunting
  • could be a little taller
Brand GhostBlind
Model GBI-6PR-AZ
Weight 9.8 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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With a Realtree Xtra camo pattern complemented by faux-leaf edging, the Ameristep Doghouse blends seamlessly into deciduous forest surroundings, especially during the fall season. It's not the greatest quality material, but at this price it should satisfy the weekend user.
  • 100 percent polyester
  • shoot-through mesh
  • a little cramped for bow hunting
Brand EVOLVED INGENUITY
Model pending
Weight 13 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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The Ameristep Care Taker features mesh windows on all four sides of the unit, offering up to 360 degree viewing. The added flexibility is important if you're a multi-season hunter, since it allows you to compensate for changing field conditions.
  • very easy to put up and take down
  • includes a shadow guard
  • insect resistant material
Brand Ameristep
Model 1RX2H011
Weight 15 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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At a generous 80 inches tall, the Barronett Big Cat 350 is large enough to accommodate standing shots from hunters of many different heights. It offers more than enough elbow room for one person, and can shelter up to three individuals comfortably if need be.
  • comes in 2 camo patterns
  • thick and stiff poles for stability
  • zipperless windows are noise-free
Brand BARRONETT
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
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The Primos Double Bull Deluxe helps minimize the amount of noise you make upon entry and exit by featuring a double-wide, zipperless door. The large, continuous window slit means you can maneuver your gun or camera from one end of the tent to the other with ease.
  • made of long-lasting fabric
  • accommodates any weapon
  • good for nature watching with kids
Brand Primos
Model PS60061
Weight 30.9 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

A Safe And Successful Hunting Trip

A great hunting trip is, first and foremost, a safe one. It all starts with proper planning. Plan for the elements, for you food and hydration needs, for first aid, for ammunition needs, and then do it all again. Any properly planned camping, hunting, or hiking trip should involve redundancies in certain crucial areas.

Even if you think you have enough water to get you through the afternoon or the weekend, bring a water filter or iodine tablets along so you can safely collect more water should you need it in the field. Split your store of bullets into two different areas lest you lose a pouch or pack. Also make sure you have the ability to layer your clothing for warmth and comfort, and to deal with wet clothing caused by rain, snow, a fall into water, or just by your own sweat.

And while it goes without saying for the experienced hunter, do make sure to know what game is in season, to bring the proper armaments, and to double check that your licenses and permits are all paid and in proper order. Also take the time to clean and inspect your rifle, bow, or other weaponry to ensure that it is all in good working order.

Before you set out, make sure to communicate your plans to at least one other person. It's important that people know approximately where you will be going and for how long you will be out hunting; that way, in the event of an unforeseen emergency (both on your part or back in society, as it were) you can be more easily found.

Choosing The Right Hunting Blind

Choosing the right hunting blind depends on the type of animal you're after. While a low, compact blind might be great for a single hunter using a long arm to hunt for deer, it will be next to useless for the bow hunter who needs space for his or her larger weapon or for the group of hunters that wants to stick together.

Consider the shooting (or archery) position in which you are most comfortable and then choose a blind based on that stance. There are many blinds that allow for comfortable use while you are seated in a chair, while others will permit you to stand up straight. The hunter who wants to lie down can even find a suitable blind, and always remember that the blind you buy can be modified to some degree.

If you get a blind made with a ripstop material, you can always cut an extra slot or window into it if you'd like. The more comfortably and easily you can use a blind, the safer and more effective your hunting will be.

While most hunting blinds are relatively lightweight and easy to carry into the woods or along the shore of the lake, do take a minute or two to consider the size and weight of a prospective blind. Every pound adds up when you are carrying your gear on your back, so if one blind costs a bit more but weighs a bit less than a comparable option, that might be a trade well worth making.

Proper Use Of Your Hunting Blind

Prior to the setup and use of any hunting blind, you must first choose an ideal location for it. This location depends on the type of animal you are hunting as well as on variables such as terrain and season. Be sure to watch out for everything from potential snow falling off branches to reduced or enhanced range of vision based on the foliage of the season.

Even more important when choosing a spot for your hunting blind, though, is making that spot known. Make sure to communicate the proposed location of your hunting blind to everyone in your hunting party (as well as to any other hunters, hikers, or campers you know to be in the field) so they can be sure to stay out of your field of fire, and to keep you out of theirs.

Also consider making a part of your blind conspicuously visible, such as by draping it with orange blaze. Chances are good that your quarry won't be able to see the orange anyway (this is certainly true if you are hunting deer, which are essentially red-green color blind and unable to distinguish red, green, or orange), and regardless it's wise to have the back of your blind easy to see. You won't be looking for animals in that direction anyway, so you might as well make it easy to be seen.

Remember that a hunting blind is not a tent. Most blinds have minimal structural integrity and cannot stand up to snow load, high winds, or heavy rains. They help to make you unseen by animals, but they are not true shelters and should not be used as such.

When possible, set your hunting blind up well before you will even occupy it. If you can set the blind up many days (or even week) before your plan to conduct your actual hunt, you will allow the animals in the area to get used to it. Once they are accustomed to the blind, they will come closer and closer and reduce their wariness, making them easier targets later.

Also make sure that you properly "brush in" your hunting blind. This means selecting foliage similar to that growing around your blind's location and positioning cut brambles, branches, and bushes around, in front of, and even on top of the blind. Make sure to gather the foliage from an area well away from your blind, though, as defoliating the immediate area can make your location stand out more rather than less.



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Last updated on April 04, 2017 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.


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