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Old 04-17-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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I have been wanting to build a pit/coffin blind for a long while now and finally got one together, pretty much using scraps we had around the house. I built it out of old tin from a barn we tore down with a 2 x 2 frame. I built it 4' wide, 6' deep, and 5' tall. Buried it 2' deep so it is only 3' above ground. Caulked it up real well to keep out as many critters as possible. I am a little worried about it being really hot but will add 3/4" foam insulation if needed. I really like the setup and can not wait to hunt out of this thing.

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Very cool.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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Looks cool and fun to hunt out of, but with the risk of sounding like a smart arse and not intending to, why not just throw up a pop up blind right there? What is the benefit of the pit blind?
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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Very cool
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:37 PM   #5
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Looks cool and fun to hunt out of, but with the risk of sounding like a smart arse and not intending to, why not just throw up a pop up blind right there? What is the benefit of the pit blind?
To me, the benifits are it is there 365 days a year so the deer are used to seeing it. I like the fact of being below the line of sight of the deer as well as being "in the ground" so to speak will surely help muffle any noise and scent containment should be better than a pop up. I have been hunting out of permanent box bow blinds and pop ups for several years and while I still hunt out of both, I like the permanent type more and the point for view out of one that is buried is really neat.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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You do have some good points-especially with scent control. Again, looks cool and fun to hunt out of.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #7
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That is cool!
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:35 PM   #8
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I'm working on a pit blind project as well!
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:50 PM   #9
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I'm working on a pit blind project as well!
We built two as cheap as we could just to see if we would like them. Mine was out of old tin and the other guy built his out of scrap lumber. I was happy to have a machine at the ranch to dig the holes......
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:23 PM   #10
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Nice

I like the "scraps we had around the house" approach too.

Makes it even cooler.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:47 PM   #11
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How do you guys keep the water out of these type blinds?
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:56 PM   #12
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Was looking to see it along a waterway or private pond for waterfowl hunting

You'll have to keep us up-to-date on through this deer season.

Neat project!
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:17 PM   #13
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I hunt out of one ,the deer like it because they can see over the top of it. It also holds your scent down. Have to get use to shooting up hill. Deer look hudge from that view.But all andall i like it!!!
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:11 AM   #14
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How do you guys keep the water out of these type blinds?
I am sure if it rains enough, it will be muddy in the bottom but the spots we put them were in well drained areas and when we backfilled, we were sure to slope the dirt away from the blinds. I have heard some people say they had a problem with water in them and have had others say if you have an overhang on the roof, where the water doesnt run right down the side of the blind, you will be ok. I say let it keep raining and we will find out
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:45 PM   #15
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Looks great!!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:00 PM   #16
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:19 PM   #17
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Hope u don't plan on hunting out of it during the early season it's gonna cook u like a well done steak! Lol... But should be a great blind for the winter months!
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:00 PM   #18
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And all this time I didn't think you had any "man" skills!

If you decide to insulate it, some black automotive carpet stapeled to the 2x2s would make a great cover and absorb even more of the noise from inside.

I really like the dirt floor ... that'll be very quiet!

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Looks cool and fun to hunt out of, but with the risk of sounding like a smart arse and not intending to, why not just throw up a pop up blind right there? What is the benefit of the pit blind?
Same reason some guy on here built one out of rock or brick ... cause it's just cool!
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #19
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Hope u don't plan on hunting out of it during the early season it's gonna cook u like a well done steak! Lol... But should be a great blind for the winter months!
I can say my fat butt bakes in a pop up as well!!! I figured mornings wont be bad and it will be shaded in the evening. Like I said, I will insulate if need be.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:31 PM   #20
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I would insulate now, if for no other reason than noise dampening. I love the idea of a pit blind, but digging the hole doesn't sound that fun...

And I would think being in the ground would make it cooler than above ground....no?
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:46 AM   #21
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I would insulate now, if for no other reason than noise dampening. I love the idea of a pit blind, but digging the hole doesn't sound that fun...

And I would think being in the ground would make it cooler than above ground....no?
Like I said, we had machinery down there doing some other work and the mini excavator made short work of the hole digging. Without it, I think I would just have stayed above ground.

As for coolness, I know a guy that hunts out of these type blinds a lot and he swears they are cooler than a normal, above ground bow box. I am really leaning toward insulating for noise reasons now that I think about it. I still have to put my lid props on it and insulating it would not take much extra time.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:39 PM   #22
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What happens if it rains?
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:41 PM   #23
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:52 PM   #24
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:16 PM   #25
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Isulation: I wonder if you pushed loose dirt or sand up around the sides to about the bottom of the windows and put a layer of dirt on top (2" or 3") if that might be enough. It would certainly reduce the noise and keep run off water out of the inside. Just a thought. You also might be able to plant some native grass around it for just a little more cover.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:32 PM   #26
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^^^ I like that idea
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:47 PM   #27
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Maybe you could put something to keep the sun off it. Maybe a non metal roof suspended just over the top or lots of limbs. I built one like that before with the tin and it was too hot to hunt in.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:10 PM   #28
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:02 PM   #29
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Isulation: I wonder if you pushed loose dirt or sand up around the sides to about the bottom of the windows and put a layer of dirt on top (2" or 3") if that might be enough. It would certainly reduce the noise and keep run off water out of the inside. Just a thought. You also might be able to plant some native grass around it for just a little more cover.
I plan on wiring some brush to the roof and adding some in front. I cant put dirt on top of it being the whole roof hinges in the front, thats how I get it. I figure wiring some dry, light weight brush on top will brake it up some and wont add much weight to the already, kinda heavy roof.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:10 PM   #30
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How do you guys keep the SNAKES out of these type blinds?
FIFY

Cool blind. Worst thing is to go to your pop up blind to hunt in and see that it is blown 20 yds away upside down and you have to spend 30 minutes in the dark fixing it and then spend 3 hrs sitting there wondering why your not seeing anything.

Seriously- I always wondered how many snakes these attract though. Anyone have any experience with them?
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:04 AM   #31
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Seriously- I always wondered how many snakes these attract though. Anyone have any experience with them?
Ok, I have to ask because I have always wondered. Why does everyone think this type of blind will have such a big snake problem? In order for a snake to get in this blind, it will have to dig down a little over 2 feet, make a 90 degree turn, dig a little more, make a 90 degree turn, dig a little more, and then, successfully, be in the blind. Seems quite a bit easier to just stick its nose under a fold of fabric and crawl into a pop up? Seriously, in this blind, I worry way more about wasps and spiders in this blind than I do snakes but even they will have a hard time getting in.
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Ok, I have to ask because I have always wondered. Why does everyone think this type of blind will have such a big snake problem? In order for a snake to get in this blind, it will have to dig down a little over 2 feet, make a 90 degree turn, dig a little more, make a 90 degree turn, dig a little more, and then, successfully, be in the blind. Seems quite a bit easier to just stick its nose under a fold of fabric and crawl into a pop up? Seriously, in this blind, I worry way more about wasps and spiders in this blind than I do snakes but even they will have a hard time getting in.
I think the door would be the weak link. If it's sealed tight then your probably right. I just think snake pit. I'm probably overthinking.
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The door is the roof. Was at the lease today. No water or snakes inside so far.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #34
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How did this blind hold up with water coming inside?
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #36
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:34 PM   #37
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How deep did you dig the hole?
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #38
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Have you hunted from it yet?
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:57 PM   #39
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They make reflective paint for tin roofs. Between that and being 3 feet under ground I think it will be great once you remove the 100 serpents that will make it their favorite Love Shack and Disco.

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Old 10-27-2013, 08:57 PM   #40
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I like it!
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:42 PM   #41
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The blind has been out for almost 3 years now. No snakes as dry as a powder house inside.
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The blind has been out for almost 3 years now. No snakes as dry as a powder house inside.
Awesome, thanks for the follow up on that. Looks like a great blind. Thinking about building one up against the back side of a tank dam. And sort of dig sideways into the dam
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:44 PM   #44
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Cool blind, I built 3 in Wisconsin, I concreted the floors and mine only stuck out of the ground about 18 inches, and put a rubber roof on them, they work great for turkey's and deer, the animals tend to look right over the blind. Mine were hinged in the middle of the roof so I entered from the top. I also offset all 4 windows so the deer couldn't see movement inside. On the side of the roof that doesn't lift up I put a big stump, it ended up looking like a tree that blew over and pulled up the ground. I would build one down here but I don't like the snake factor that comes into play, not many rattlers in Wisco, too cold
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:20 PM   #45
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The blind has been out for almost 3 years now. No snakes as dry as a powder house inside.
Your lucky to be alive lol. When you get a chance,could you take another picture? I'd like to see it now that the grass has grown back.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:21 PM   #47
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:48 AM   #48
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Your lucky to be alive lol. When you get a chance,could you take another picture? I'd like to see it now that the grass has grown back.
HAHA, it pretty much looks the same, not much grass grows in the area where the blind is.
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:40 PM   #49
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So is it cooler than a pop up?
I'm surprised that the bottom didn't cave in when you back filled with dirt.
The only way snakes are going to get in is if the bottom of window was right at ground level and left open.

I kind of like the idea considering the use of equipment to dig hole. Shovels don't fit my hands very well now
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:37 PM   #50
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It is cooler than a pop up for sure and no issues with cave ins. Window is always closed when I am not in it but I do think about a snake crawling in while I am hunting....it helps me stay awake.
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