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Old 01-10-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default How close should your pop up blind be? ???

Was on a new lease this year and took a doe and spike.
Set my popup blind about 15 yards from my feeder.
I had deer all over me all season, but no shooters.
Is my set up to close?

How far from your feeder is your setup?

What do you recommend?
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:01 PM   #2
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15 is too close to me. I like 20-25
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:09 PM   #3
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If you had deer all over you all season, I would probably leave it right where it's at. I generally put mine 20-25 yards as well and then hand corn a little closer.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:09 PM   #4
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I do a pop up about 50 yds off feeder, then hand corn two spots at 20-25 Yes between pop up and feeder.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:11 PM   #5
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My blind is at 25 yards and I hand corn between blind and feeder.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:11 PM   #6
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If you had deer all over you all season, I would probably leave it right where it's at. I generally put mine 20-25 yards as well and then hand corn a little closer.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:11 PM   #7
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Mines 20 yards away and works great. Sound like you weren't having any problems, so I'd leave it.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:12 PM   #8
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30-35 for Crossbow. 25 for vertical bow.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:13 PM   #9
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My feeders are at 17 yards from 4 permanent box blinds. No issue getting shooters close. Leave it.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:14 PM   #10
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Deer, 20-25 yards. Turkeys, 5-10 yards.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:15 PM   #11
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18-20 yards to my corn piles
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:16 PM   #12
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My blind is at 25 yards and I hand corn between blind and feeder.
This!
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:25 PM   #13
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I like between 20-25 yards from the feeder with the ability to shoot between 30-35 if needed.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:35 PM   #14
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I like them no closer than 30 yards. Give them a little room and you making a small noise or mistake can be more forgiving and spook less deer. Typically dear will also not eat exclusively directly under a feeder so you will still get those real close shots, especially if you hand corn.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:40 PM   #15
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40-50 Yds.
I hand corn between ground blind and feeder.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:42 PM   #16
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I usually set up about 25 yards from corn. 15 is just a little too close for me
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:58 PM   #17
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My feeders are at 17 yards from 4 permanent box blinds. No issue getting shooters close. Leave it.
Same for me.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:59 PM   #18
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Rifle hunting I get about 50-75 yards away if possible. Bow hunting I try to keep it at 25 from corn pile


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Old 01-10-2018, 01:11 PM   #19
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Leave it if that's your comfort zone shooting.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:26 PM   #20
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40-50 Yds.
I hand corn between ground blind and feeder.
Same
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:32 PM   #21
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There is no such thing as too close. The real question is how well did u hide it
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:33 PM   #22
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You are too far away.

14 yards to center of feeder for my sets.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:37 PM   #23
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We set up our pop ups as bow blinds.
I shoot a compound so there about 20 yds.
Buddy wanted to use his recurve so we setup one at 11 yds.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:39 PM   #24
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If i use a pop-up, i set it 20 yards away
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:39 PM   #25
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As close as you need it to shoot effectively at target.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:41 PM   #26
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There is no such thing as too close. The real question is how well did u hide it
Brushing in is overrated. They aren't bothered by them as much as some think.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:41 PM   #27
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You are too far away.

14 yards to center of feeder for my sets.

Took the words right out of my mouth
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:58 PM   #28
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Our blinds are probably 14-17 yards from feeders. Works well for us.
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:00 PM   #29
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Furthest Iíve ever set one up is 17. They are usually 12-15 yards

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Old 01-10-2018, 02:02 PM   #30
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20-30 yards
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:13 PM   #31
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I say it's too close but it depends on your deer. The lease we are on the deer are not pressured too hard but because the browse is good they won't come into corn unless they want corn. We used to have all our bow setups between 17-25 yards but have started moving them back to 30-45. We've noticed an improvement in the type of deer showing up and they seem to be more relaxed. We run mostly tripods but our two pop up's are set up the same way. You can hand corn them in closer and I like to put the corn in thin rows perpendicular to me so they are more likely to eat broadside.
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:16 PM   #32
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Brushing in is overrated. They aren't bothered by them as much as some think.
Nothing is overrated when hunting East Texas deer where he hunts.

Most other parts of the state you are correct
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:19 PM   #33
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I set mine at 25
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:20 PM   #34
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I like to set up about 40yds off the feeder and hand corn to within a 25yd shot.
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:27 PM   #35
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Nothing is overrated when hunting East Texas deer where he hunts.

Most other parts of the state you are correct
I don't have issues around Hunt county but I guess wether that's east Texas can be debated. I think I would start with taking the feeder down before I messed with the stand.
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:37 PM   #36
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You're not too close to the feeder in the popup at 15 yards. Mine is at 17 and the deer don't mind it one bit.

I don't know what blind you have but if it has zip up/down windows paint the outside of them black.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:37 PM   #37
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Where I hunt deer are very pressured. I can set it up 20 yards away and see a lot of does and young bucks. Most older bucks in our area, come in down wind, smell me, don't blow, but just go on their way and never come in.

Thus I set up at least 80 to 100 yards from feeder. When I am hunting, I back feeder down to 2 seconds, so it still makes noise, but does not throw out much corn and then hand corn to my stand. I also am a firm believer in brushing in ground blinds.

Every ranch in Texas is different, so do what works for you. Just don't go with what works for deer in your area, go with what works for mature bucks in your area. In my experience, the difference in what you can get away with on an 18m old forky versus a 7yo mature buck is drastic.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:46 PM   #38
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If the corn is hitting your popup, you are too close. Most of mine are 15-18 yards. Tha make deer on far side 25 or so yards.. You are good.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:52 PM   #39
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25 - 30 yards. There is a lot of difference between being covered up with does and young bucks than mature old bucks Move back and hunt the wind and if the wind is not right don't hunt that stand.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:53 PM   #40
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I always set mine 15-20 yards from where I will have feed or a feeder. I like shots right at 18-20 yards for me and 15-18 for the wife and kiddo. We have no problem with that distance. I try to set them up in some sort of natural cover or tuck them away. I always hunt the wind and try to have setups where the deer won’t walk just right behind or downwind of me. Not every spot works perfect but that’s what I look for. Max distance to a feeder might be 25 yards with a pen in front but in that case I am putting corn out much closer.
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:53 PM   #41
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I do a pop up about 50 yds off feeder, then hand corn two spots at 20-25 Yes between pop up and feeder.
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:05 PM   #42
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I like mine at 20
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:07 PM   #43
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:30 PM   #44
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Was on a new lease this year and took a doe and spike.
Set my popup blind about 15 yards from my feeder.
I had deer all over me all season, but no shooters.
Is my set up to close?

How far from your feeder is your setup?

What do you recommend?
totally depends on the available cover, access and wind
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:05 AM   #45
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We set ours ~30 yards out from the feeder. We hand corn between 20 and 30 yards to try and set up a shooter away from the other deer.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:32 AM   #46
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Directional...shoots back to the left.

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Old 01-11-2018, 12:04 PM   #47
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I set up for a traditional bow so I'm at 15 yards.

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Old 01-11-2018, 03:06 PM   #48
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Mine is 50yds away, but I hand corn midway between the pop up and feeder. I have a tree stand that is under 20yds from the feeder. been hunting the popup mostly since November, and the deer will look up at my stand in the tree. I've never been busted in my tree, and haven't been in it for 2 months! Guess there's a lot more guys hunting from trees than popups around my area.
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:19 PM   #49
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Im a 20 yard person myself. I dont mind a little further off though and corn closer so you have a wider view around the feeder.
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:54 PM   #50
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