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Old 06-14-2018, 03:18 PM   #1
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I've been skimming the bow blind builds on here for a week or so now and I've noticed a lot of people do the semi-octagon build in the front with three windows, however, I've also seen a few guys that just do a flat front with 3-4 vertical windows....

So what says it green screen, better to have the semi-octagon or will flat front work just as well?


I'm thinking about building a box blind as one of the spots I have has a terrible swirling wind and deer diverge on this feeder from all angles so I'm hoping a box blind will knock down my scent a little more. I really only have one angle to shoot from where I would put the blind which is straight out front to the feeder so I'm thinking I could get away with the flat front and 3-4 windows.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:22 PM   #2
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I built mine with the bay window design. To me it gives you a little better field of vision and a larger field of shooting opportunities vs. the standard 4 sided box blind.




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Old 06-14-2018, 03:23 PM   #3
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I've built both and just finished building another one and it's flat in the front with 2 vertical and 1 horizontal for the grandkids crossbow. When I had the octagon front I only ever used one window to shoot out of but it allowed me to see in other directions.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:23 PM   #4
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I only shoot out the front window but having the other two at angles is nice because it enables me to see almost 180 degrees. Not only am I more likely to see game coming in, the increased view is slightly less boring than looking just straight ahead.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:54 PM   #5
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I have the semioctagon on my bow blind. Hubby has flat front on his. I hate his because u have to lean forward to see to the sidemen my octagon is easier to see. Plus I can shoot out the sides with less movement. All I have to do it pivot, in his with the flat front, i have to take steps/ shuffle around.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:21 PM   #6
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Three sided front on all of ours. Gives you a lot more visibility without having to move around in the blind.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:34 PM   #7
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I am building mine with a flat front. I will only shoot one direction. That being said, I plan to put in some smaller, non shooting windows on each side so I can see both directions, but will only be shooting from the flat front.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:39 PM   #8
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If you dont mind me asking,,, where did you find those brackets you have on the legs of that stand? Thanks! Cool stand!
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:45 PM   #9
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Iíve been building flat front with only one bow shooting window. My kids hunt so I need rifle windows. The bow window has two deerview windows. One folds up and the other folds down. If the kids are hunting with me I can leave the bottom one up and they can shoot off of it.


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Old 06-14-2018, 08:28 PM   #10
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The more open windows, the more light that gets let in to show more movement and the more scent that comes out. I'd rather just have one window open for shooting and take my chances. I have other windows to open or peep through but mostly they stay closed and have a piece of dark tint in them to view out of. This style has worked well for me for years. I also prefer more length horizontally since I am directly on the ground and hunt on flatground. The vertical only has to be low enough to shoot at my feeder and just before so tall windows are just overkill at my deer lease with no pigs or night hunting.. I do have a pig blind here locally with a long vertical window (22") tall.....and only so I can use a Sniper hog light at night.

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Slacker....This one is kind of piece meal because I changed the windows through the years to accommodate my different pens its been in since 2008. Its basically one big center window and another window that opens to hunt outside the pen. All the others are just tinted plexi peep windows for looking. I just posted for the center window though.

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I will close the center window at Slacker and hunt out the left window if the deer are coming to hand corn better outside the pen. Window is the same height when open as my center window. Not quiet as wide but I make it work. As close as my deer get, multiple vertical windows would get me busted all the time.

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Old 06-14-2018, 08:40 PM   #11
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Tagged!! I need to build some for north Oklahoma


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Old 06-15-2018, 08:30 AM   #12
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The more open windows, the more light that gets let in to show more movement and the more scent that comes out. I'd rather just have one window open for shooting and take my chances. I have other windows to open or peep through but mostly they stay closed and have a piece of dark tint in them to view out of. This style has worked well for me for years. I also prefer more length horizontally since I am directly on the ground and hunt on flatground. The vertical only has to be low enough to shoot at my feeder and just before so tall windows are just overkill at my deer lease with no pigs or night hunting.. I do have a pig blind here locally with a long vertical window (22") tall.....and only so I can use a Sniper hog light at night.
Thanks Smart!

I may run this route as well... I haven't really dedicated myself to a design yet and I'm not real sure the vertical windows would serve me any benefit. Still throwing around ideas.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:34 AM   #13
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If you dont mind me asking,,, where did you find those brackets you have on the legs of that stand? Thanks! Cool stand!
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:38 AM   #14
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I prefer the flat front but I will say way more importantly is make sure the blind is sealed up good all around and let's in as little light as possible. That is way more important to me as it does not allow you to be seen near as easily. We have 1 blind with the octagon front and I get busted all the time because the wind swirls terrible and it's not pitch black inside. The other 3 with flat fronts are sealed up well and allows for a bit more movement and therefore do not get busted as easily or as much.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:44 AM   #15
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I think Smart makes some good points about windows - smaller is better. Unless you are using mesh, too many or too large windows are a recipe to get busted. The windows in this one are only 8" wide and 12" tall. In it's current set up I hunt with two open - the middle one faces the feeder and another faces where I throw hand corn. I also have a small screen-covered viewing window at eye level on both sides. I like to build them 6' deep so you can sit farther back from the window.

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Old 06-15-2018, 09:45 AM   #16
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I've been skimming the bow blind builds on here for a week or so now and I've noticed a lot of people do the semi-octagon build in the front with three windows, however, I've also seen a few guys that just do a flat front with 3-4 vertical windows....

So what says it green screen, better to have the semi-octagon or will flat front work just as well?


I'm thinking about building a box blind as one of the spots I have has a terrible swirling wind and deer diverge on this feeder from all angles so I'm hoping a box blind will knock down my scent a little more. I really only have one angle to shoot from where I would put the blind which is straight out front to the feeder so I'm thinking I could get away with the flat front and 3-4 windows.
I'm going with a 3 sided, hex-style front on the blinds I'm gonna build.

6' wide (for her viewing pleasure) x 5' deep with a 3 sided front so it'll actually be closer to 6'x6' max dimensions.

I'll help you build this rig if you'll help me build mine! Still thinking I'm going to try metal studs, skin it with some R-panel or thin sheet that's not already broke, then haul it to a job site and have closed cell foam sprayed inside to seal it up good. Also thinking about re-purposing my old red trailer to put under one of them.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:46 AM   #17
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I built mine with the bay window design. To me it gives you a little better field of vision and a larger field of shooting opportunities vs. the standard 4 sided box blind.




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Didn't you skin this blind with some heavy duty rubber? A pool liner or something like that? Are you still happy with it?
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:46 AM   #18
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If you dont mind me asking,,, where did you find those brackets you have on the legs of that stand? Thanks! Cool stand!
They are called Elevator Brackets. You can get them many places online. I know Academy sells them too.

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/elevator-bracket-set
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:48 AM   #19
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Didn't you skin this blind with some heavy duty rubber? A pool liner or something like that? Are you still happy with it?
Yep. Heavy duty Rubber Roofing material. Its still in perfect condition. Water tight, bug-proof.

I plan to build another one just like this one.
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Old 06-15-2018, 01:52 PM   #20
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Yep. Heavy duty Rubber Roofing material. Its still in perfect condition. Water tight, bug-proof.



I plan to build another one just like this one.


Where did you find said material??
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Old 06-15-2018, 01:55 PM   #21
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Where did you find said material??


I work in the commercial construction field so I have connections with several roofers in Houston. The roofer we had on the last project of mine let me have the roll. Each roll is worth well over $500. 10' wide x 100' long. Not cheap or easy to get unless you know someone.


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