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Old 11-06-2015, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default How do YOU hunt a pop up blind?

There are many different ways to adjust the windows/mesh in today's pop-ups. I am interested to hear how everyone chooses to hunt them.

Do you:

1. Leave the shoot through mesh secured tight and just shoot through it,

2. Open a corner or section of the mesh to allow a small shooting hole,

3. Cut a shooting hole into the mesh and shoot through that, or

4. Remove the mesh all the way and go wide open?
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:39 PM   #2
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1. for me. Many people prefer not shooting through the mesh but I have never had a single issue with either mechanical or fixed broadheads. My deer are way less spooky when leaving it in.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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#4 on the main shooting lane and #2 on the sides if partial shooting lane is available.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:43 PM   #4
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#4 for me out the window facing the feeder.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:44 PM   #5
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Closed with bow ( except antelope and turkey ) and open with gun.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #6
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I like to pull the mesh out and just open the window part way. Give myself just enough clearance to get my sight picture and let the arrow clear the window flap.
I usually close all but 1 or 2 windows to make it as dark as I can.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #7
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#3 for me. Looking through mesh messes up my depth peception. My eyes are not the greatest in low light to start with and all mesh reduces my shooting time by 15 minutes

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Old 11-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #8
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#4 on the main shooting lane and #2 on the sides if partial shooting lane is available.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:47 PM   #9
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#4 on main shooting lane, and #1 on side windows bordering it. I keep all others buttoned, and I wear black clothing so I blend in. I also keep the primary window open all the time so that the deer get used to the black hole.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:47 PM   #10
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Use one window and pull the mesh out.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #11
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Mine has three magnets, I normally just drop the top one and shoot through that maybe 10 inch triangle.
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:12 PM   #12
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Tried both mesh and open this year. Open didn't work ... 15 yards had a doe spook with just a little bit of movement. Shooting through the mesh I've gotten my target buck, a turkey and a fox so far.
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:23 PM   #13
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#4 for me. Low light makes it harder to see thru and reduces my effective shooting time. Leave it open year round if possible to help with game getting comfortable with the black hole it creates.
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Old 11-09-2015, 03:54 PM   #14
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Through a partially open window... I'm tall and have a 30" draw. Shooting through the little mesh holes on my pop up is near impossible without contorting something.
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Old 11-09-2015, 03:59 PM   #15
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Leave it wide open but I cover with brush and leave about a 1' hole
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Old 11-09-2015, 03:59 PM   #16
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#4 in main shooting lane.
#2 on the others lanes
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:14 PM   #17
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4 for me.
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:19 PM   #18
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4. And leave the window wide open from the day I set it up in August until the day I take it down in February.
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:42 PM   #19
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I like to pull the mesh out and just open the window part way. Give myself just enough clearance to get my sight picture and let the arrow clear the window flap.
I usually close all but 1 or 2 windows to make it as dark as I can.
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:24 PM   #20
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I like to pull the mesh out and just open the window part way. Give myself just enough clearance to get my sight picture and let the arrow clear the window flap.
I usually close all but 1 or 2 windows to make it as dark as I can.
/\ keep all windows closed except the shooting Window. I leave it open all the time so the deer are used to it. I wear a black shirt and use a lighted pin early and late.
the result is in my avatar.

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Old 11-09-2015, 05:27 PM   #21
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Mesh open one 2-3 shooting lanes, everything else closed.
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Old 11-09-2015, 06:50 PM   #22
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Sit all the way back, just far enough from the back wall my elbow doesn't hit on draw. Leave open the window on the side I expect to shoot from. Black shirt, gloves and baklava. I don't shoot through the mesh. I have before. There is a reason I don't.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:36 PM   #23
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Sit all the way back, just far enough from the back wall my elbow doesn't hit on draw. Leave open the window on the side I expect to shoot from. Black shirt, gloves and baklava. I don't shoot through the mesh. I have before. There is a reason I don't.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:49 PM   #24
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Bowhunting, I have a popup that has 2 small vertical windows, those are open, no mesh. Gun, I have all the windows on one side opened. In both situations I try to make it as dark as possible inside the blind.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:56 PM   #25
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4 no mesh for me but i only have 1 window open rest have foliage cover
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:38 PM   #26
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i leave the mesh tight and shoot threw. close all the back windows to make it dark in the tent. i wear polarized sunglasses it helps with depth perception, and any glare on the mesh. the mesh almost disappears with the glasses
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:42 PM   #27
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:45 PM   #28
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magnents over velcro and mesh down on main shooting window. mesh up or window closed completly everywhere else
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:47 PM   #29
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i leave the mesh tight and shoot threw. close all the back windows to make it dark in the tent. i wear polarized sunglasses it helps with depth perception, and any glare on the mesh. the mesh almost disappears with the glasses
I had not thought of that - thanks for the tip. I guess wearing sunglasses would further reduce shooting times for a few minutes early and late but help when the sun is up.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:55 PM   #30
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I like to pull the mesh out and just open the window part way. Give myself just enough clearance to get my sight picture and let the arrow clear the window flap.
I usually close all but 1 or 2 windows to make it as dark as I can.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:57 PM   #31
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4. And leave the window wide open from the day I set it up in August until the day I take it down in February.
^^^^^ This^^^^^
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:19 PM   #32
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I didn't like the horizontal window especially because I'm shooting downhill a bit and couldn't comfortably get high enough to angle down through the window.

I stapled the front wall to a frame I made and installed a couple deer view windows. I really like it now. I leave the windows closed because they open silently now.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:39 PM   #33
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depends on the skeeters here. I like it open but thermocell is necessary if open here.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:04 PM   #34
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#3....although I prefer hunting out of my tripods over the ground blind, sometimes a sketchy wind forces me to the pop up. I have a rhino and love it.
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:58 AM   #35
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#4 with my current blind. I shoot mechanical heads so I don't have the option of shooting through mesh. However when I had a Primos double bull I only pulled the mesh down far enough to clear my arrow.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:36 AM   #36
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I've heard some discouraging accounts of shooting through the mesh. I've heard it causes the arrow to go high. I put several wooden clothes pins in each of my pop ups and use them to pin up the curtain or mesh while leaving shooting windows open in each direction. I usually black out behind me and try to establish shooting lanes to my right, left, and front.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:28 AM   #37
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#4 I know many have been successful shooting through the mesh, but I still can't get myself to do it and take all the shooting windows mesh off.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:33 AM   #38
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i cut a small hole
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:42 PM   #39
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I only open one, maybe two windows. I cut a hole in the mesh to shoot out of.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:04 PM   #40
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Reluctantly. My least favorite way to hunt, but sometimes it's a necessity.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:13 PM   #41
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I only open one window, remove the mesh. I leave that window open from the moment I set it up.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:33 AM   #42
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I have 3 windows open on just the front and I only have them open half of possible. Brush it in and lose the mesh
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:01 AM   #43
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If you shoot through mesh, make sure your bow has been paper tuned with the broad head your using. I learned a valuable lesson at first point and missed I 150 class buck this year cause of it.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:47 AM   #44
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I shoot right thru the Double Bull mesh with Rage Extreme's. I have never had a problem. The Extreme's have a blade on the tip and goes right thru the mesh. I have been shooting thru mesh for 10'years in south Texas and as long as your bow is tuned and keep shots under 30 I have had no problems. Wear all black shirts with black gloves and black face mask and you can get away with a lot of movement in the blind.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:55 AM   #45
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Thru the mesh
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:10 AM   #46
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#1 - I have shot turkeys at 3-4yds thru the mesh! And I don't know how many deer and pigs!

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Old 01-18-2016, 10:12 AM   #47
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I shoot right thru the Double Bull mesh with Rage Extreme's. I have never had a problem. The Extreme's have a blade on the tip and goes right thru the mesh. I have been shooting thru mesh for 10'years in south Texas and as long as your bow is tuned and keep shots under 30 I have had no problems. Wear all black shirts with black gloves and black face mask and you can get away with a lot of movement in the blind.
Why would you need a black gloves and facemask if you are shooting thru the mesh??? They can't see you thru the mesh anyway! If you are shooting thru the mesh, all you need is dark colored clothes. I have tested it, and if you have a white shirt on, it can sometimes be seen thru the mesh, but any dark colored shirt cannot be seen, along with uncovered hands and face thru the mesh.

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Old 01-18-2016, 05:05 PM   #48
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I wear a face mask and black gloves. You can get away with it early in the morning or near dark. But during daylight I have had deer pic up movement when drawing or moving in the blind. If sunlight is shining into the blind they can pic you off. I have looked from the outside while my dad drew his bow and you can see movement with white hands and an uncovered face. That is just my opinion.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:42 PM   #49
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I like to pull the mesh out and just open the window part way. Give myself just enough clearance to get my sight picture and let the arrow clear the window flap.
I usually close all but 1 or 2 windows to make it as dark as I can.
This is how I prefer to do it. My pop ups the windows open from bottom to top so I roll them up just enough to see and have arrow clear blind. The mesh goes from top down, so I can keep the mesh up except for the hole I shoot thru.

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#3 for me. Looking through mesh messes up my depth peception. My eyes are not the greatest in low light to start with and all mesh reduces my shooting time by 15 minutes
This ^^^^^^

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i leave the mesh tight and shoot threw. close all the back windows to make it dark in the tent. i wear polarized sunglasses it helps with depth perception, and any glare on the mesh. the mesh almost disappears with the glasses
I will have to try this. Thanks for the pointer..


I always wear a dark shirt, and either thin gloves or I put black face paint on the back of my hands. If it's warm, I use face paint, if cool I use a Buff. I always sit in a corner and try to keep it as dark as I can. I've killed Aoudad, deer, pigs and turkeys as close as 4 yards.

I love pop ups, it is so cool to me to be that close and looking the animal in the eyes.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:07 PM   #50
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I like to pull the mesh out and just open the window part way. Give myself just enough clearance to get my sight picture and let the arrow clear the window flap.
I usually close all but 1 or 2 windows to make it as dark as I can.
This works for me...black facemask and gloves and black shirt..
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