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Old 07-14-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default Lets see simple DIY blinds w/ cattle panels

I need ideas for a simple yet effective ground blind using t posts, panels and some sort of outer covering. Any pics or ideas would be so appreciated. Trying to save money instead of buying a new double bull.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Here is mine. One panel in a circle, camo material, and some privacy fence boards for the roof. Still need to line the inside with black material for a good black out effect.

Front view toward feeder.

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Side view to another shooting lane.

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Old 07-15-2009, 09:58 AM   #3
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That turned out good.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:30 AM   #4
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Looks good!
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This is how I built mine, I love this design. Thinking about building another.



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Old 07-15-2009, 11:52 AM   #6
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Hey guys thanks for the pics, i get the idea now.
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:47 PM   #7
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anyone have any pics of the doorway before and after the build? thanks in advance.
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:25 PM   #8
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thats sweet
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:30 PM   #9
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Best homemade blind I've ever seen. What did you camouflage it with?
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:40 PM   #10
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Ground blind built with fence post and wire.


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Old 07-16-2009, 12:37 AM   #11
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Stuntrider that looks very cool.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:41 AM   #12
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That is a nice looking blind stuntrider. Have you hunted out of it yet?
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:28 AM   #13
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I don't have any pics on my computer, but we build these type blinds all the time. Concrete reinforcing wire works better and is much easier to bend than the cattle panels. You can bend a cattle panel and make a good roof for the blind though. We use what trees are available and then use T posts to attach the wire to. We usually make them about a 6 foot diameter or so and overlap and offset the two ends to make a doorway that's easy to walk through and doesn't open up the blind. Use some bolt cutters to trim out your windows and pile brush up against the blind. We usually cut a bunch of cedar limbs and weave them into the wire and pile them up on the roof to keep it darker inside and keep the blind dry. Even after the cedar dries up and the needles fall off the limbs are still woven into the blind to help cover you up and then it doesn't take as many new limbs to freshen the blind up the next year. We tried using some black tarps on the inside of the blind but it was a pain and then you really needed to wear black to blend in better. I've had much better luck videoing and hunting out of the blinds that are just brushed in. Put a roof on them and cover it with limbs and it will be plenty dark inside. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:11 AM   #14
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I built this one several years ago. I have to make mine bigger so that I can shoot my recurve out of them and so that there is room for my wife to hunt with me.

We put a camo tarp over the roof and wrapped burlap around the sides. We set two t-posts at the rear to hold the blind in place and to act as a frame for the door. We overlapped the burlap over the door section in opposite directions to serve as a door.

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Old 07-16-2009, 08:20 AM   #15
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Wow! Those blow mine away. I took a single cattle pannel and formed it into a U shape. I laid it on it's side and cut out one shooting hole. The entrance is towards a solid piece of woods on a huge drop off. The deer won't come from that way. I camoed it by zip tying a bunch of cut brances all over it. Mine is somewhat see through. This means scent moves freely and the deer might see me, but I never got busted last year. The only maintenance to mine is every once in a while I will zip tie another branch or two onto the frame.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:11 AM   #16
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When you cut the bottom strand off the cattle panel to form the ground "spikes", you are left with that long piece. Cut that long piece that you cut off, in half. Now them two halves will serve as the top, and bottom of your "door". When you bend your cattle panel into a "C", you wire them halves to each end of the cattle panel.........am I making sense here?lol

I also buried the leftover carpet along the ground and staked it down to the ground good to disuade any slitherin critters from gettin in there....they still can, but it's more work for the little bastages.

At Home Repot they got the indoor/outdoor carpet on the big bulk rolls, where you just tell them how much you want and they cut it off. They got 2 flavors of it though, you want the stuff with the black backing! It cost more, but it's much more weatherproof, and makes it alot darker inside. The regular green stuff is darn near clear from the inside out.

Also, pick you up a grande bag of 4" zip ties and don't be stingy with'em!

I may be going to Home Depot before the day is over...
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:52 PM   #17
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Here's mine. Used camo tarps and hog rings. Will brush in closer to season.
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:09 PM   #18
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Stuntriderant, I like yours a lot and I have a lot of that wire. It might be time for me to make one like that.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:19 PM   #19
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I found that its best to find two cedars or trees and trim the bottom like the pic above. They serve as fence post and when the blind is all done it doesnt stand out as much because the animals were used to the big cedar there before and the blind is some what similar. I have hunted out of this blind alot!! It is 8x8 and very comfortable to hunt and film from!! I have taken 3 pigs and an 8 that was ten yards from me and fully relaxed!! My favorite one last year was my first coyote with my bow!! I watched him chase mice for 30 min until he quarted away at about 15 yrds and i let him have it!! The blind is amazing but kinda creepy crawlin in at 5 in the mornin!!!
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:09 AM   #20
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Yeah i bet it can be a little unsettling especially in snake country, but guess i'll just have to check it good.
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:46 PM   #21
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Thats what I was thinking when I was looking at all the pictures. I guess as long as you clean out all of the leafs and grass on the floor than you can check it pretty easily in the mornings.
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:37 PM   #22
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I may be going to Home Depot before the day is over...
Me too! I've got to build a bow blind at my new stand and this is the perfect solution.

Just a few ?'s.
1. How many panels do I need to make an 8' diameter circle? I'm thinking two.
2. How many yards/feet/whatever of the fabric do I need?
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:00 PM   #23
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cattle panels are 16' long. shorter, hog panels are 20'.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:50 AM   #24
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not exactly simple, but roomy and effective:



The only thing I would change is the direction the windows are cut. This was my first attempt to build a bow blind after building gun blinds for years.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:49 AM   #25
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cattle panels are 16' long. shorter, hog panels are 20'.
I just bought a bunch of the 34" hog panels and they are 16', wish I knew that had some in 20'.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:26 AM   #26
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Tgil where did you get that roof?
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:09 AM   #27
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Tgil where did you get that roof?
that looks like an old satelite dish! Great idea!
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:11 PM   #28
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You guys helped me out with your posts, thanks for all your input. Feel free to post more if you have more.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:25 PM   #29
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i am going to have to build a couple of these
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:21 AM   #30
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OK. I did some calculations and a 16' panel will give you a 5.75' diameter blind with a 2' door. A 20' panel with a 2' door will give you a 7' diameter blind.

I priced the carpet at Home Depot this weekend and some rough calculations tell me I'll need 14 square yards of fabric at about 4.50/yard for a 7'er. That's about $63 in fabric.

I don't know what panels or PVC cost, but it should be easy enough to build one of these for $100 or so. And that's if you have to buy everything.

Here's a quick materials list for a 7'er:
1 20' cattle/hog panel
3 1"x10' PVC pipes
14 yards - indoor/outdoor carpet - assuming the walls are 42" tall
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:09 PM   #31
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yes, old satellite dish. Find them free on craigslist all of the time.
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When you cut the bottom strand off the cattle panel to form the ground "spikes", you are left with that long piece. Cut that long piece that you cut off, in half. Now them two halves will serve as the top, and bottom of your "door". When you bend your cattle panel into a "C", you wire them halves to each end of the cattle panel.........am I making sense here?lol

I also buried the leftover carpet along the ground and staked it down to the ground good to disuade any slitherin critters from gettin in there....they still can, but it's more work for the little bastages.

At Home Repot they got the indoor/outdoor carpet on the big bulk rolls, where you just tell them how much you want and they cut it off. They got 2 flavors of it though, you want the stuff with the black backing! It cost more, but it's much more weatherproof, and makes it alot darker inside. The regular green stuff is darn near clear from the inside out.

Also, pick you up a grande bag of 4" zip ties and don't be stingy with'em!

I may be going to Home Depot before the day is over...

A few moth balls or some sevin dust should keep them wasps and critters out!
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:21 PM   #33
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I really like these set ups... What is it like 25 bucks a panel at TS. 12-15 on astro turf carpet. I have some old tent sticks, can I use them to make a dome instead of buying pvc?
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:33 PM   #34
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You can find old carpet all over the place too instead of buying it.
I found some by a dumpster couple months ago I got for the floor in my box blind.
Washed it up in the driveway and steam cleaned it then hung it out in the back yard till I use it.
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I really like these set ups... What is it like 25 bucks a panel at TS. 12-15 on astro turf carpet. I have some old tent sticks, can I use them to make a dome instead of buying pvc?
3/4 PVC is $1.50 for a 10' piece at Home Depot

Carpet is $2.48/linear foot from a 6' wide roll at Home Depot. I bought five 4x6 pieces and it was not enough. That was about $50. I'm gonna have to go buy about 10-12 more linear feet to finish it out. The 6' long pieces would not cover the roof.

If you have to buy everything, the blind will be <$100.
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3/4 PVC is $1.50 for a 10' piece at Home Depot

Carpet is $2.48/linear foot from a 6' wide roll at Home Depot. I bought five 4x6 pieces and it was not enough. That was about $50. I'm gonna have to go buy about 10-12 more linear feet to finish it out. The 6' long pieces would not cover the roof.

If you have to buy everything, the blind will be <$100.
Yeah, you're right its not that bad on price of pvc.
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You can find old carpet all over the place too instead of buying it.
I found some by a dumpster couple months ago I got for the floor in my box blind.
Washed it up in the driveway and steam cleaned it then hung it out in the back yard till I use it.

I will start looking harder in my area for it. I seem to do that when looking for pecan wood after a storm has knocked down trees. So just need to focus on carpet...
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:19 PM   #38
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stuntrida- have you ever crawled in to find snakes/rodents etc? is there any way to lock that thing up to keep like coons out and stuff? if not i dont see how that doesnt turn into a coon den. that thing sure is cool though, looks just like a burn pile, no wonder the deer are relaxed around it
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:14 PM   #39
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The thing i find is when building a ground blind like this you are def inviting critters in. Using chicken wire on the inside helps but wont keep out bees and snakes. Put some seven dust and moth balls that will help some. Make sure your door is big enough to where you can walk in and not crawl. They are very effective for hunting but if your not into maybe sharing it with critters then i wouldnt do it!! lol
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well to tell you the truth im not scared of snakes and most other critters at all, but i just dont want them to make my ground blind home if that makes sense. i feel like if you made one that was more close up, like a brushed in box blind, or one that was more open, like a C shaped blind with no roof, critters would be less likely to come in.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:02 PM   #41
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These are great ideas Thanks
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:37 PM   #42
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So here's a question about the critters/moth balls/sevin dust etc. Hunters spend millions every year on scent elimination products, cover scents etc, so the deer don't smell us. Then we go and fill our stands with moth balls which stink to high Heaven, does that really make sense? Is it just human/predator scents that the deer get spooked by? Seems like any foriegn scent, especially a chemical scent, would spook them, but maybe that's just me.
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no i was thinking the same thing when someone mentioned moth balls. sevin dust doesn't smell that much imo, but i dont have the nose of a deer
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I put mothballs in mine and have no probs with deer. Let it set for a week and thay come in just fine. Have the rack to prove it sorry my freezer is empty so no pics from last yrs meat... We ate it all..
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:03 AM   #45
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I was looking around our lease at all the junk that the owner says we can recycle (code for clean up for him!) He has a lot of corrugated tin that has been flattenned, so cn be shaped. He also ha several bale frames, used for keeping round bales in place for cattle. This weekend I'm going to screw the panels to the frame using self tappers, then figure out a roof. Will post when I get it done!
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I was looking around our lease at all the junk that the owner says we can recycle (code for clean up for him!) He has a lot of corrugated tin that has been flattenned, so cn be shaped. He also ha several bale frames, used for keeping round bales in place for cattle. This weekend I'm going to screw the panels to the frame using self tappers, then figure out a roof. Will post when I get it done!
thats a great idea show us how it turns out. maybe grab a satellite dish?
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:32 AM   #47
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That is the best ground Blind I have ever seen!!!
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Looks great! Nice work!
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