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Old 07-24-2015, 08:44 AM   #51
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Man that looks good. I would go ahead and weld four short pieces of 1" or 2" to the four corners. That way if you need to stake it down in shallow water you could. When it is staked down it will be a lot more stable and if you never use them they wont be in the way of anything JMO.
Nice setup, looks to be a duck's worst nightmare!
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:46 AM   #52
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Looks good
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:55 AM   #53
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:03 AM   #54
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Nice. What gives with the Hippo skull in the background? Is that one of Jacks?
I was going to ask the same thing... is that a hippo jaw bone in the background?!?
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:29 AM   #55
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I am impressed.

Post a few of the brushed in stage when time comes.

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Old 07-24-2015, 11:45 AM   #56
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Keep the pics coming. Really want to see how this turns out in the water.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:48 AM   #57
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Once we put deck boards on there and are wearing waders we will have no problem shooting ducks right over the water. Every other blind I have built the sides have been way too short and you are laying down on the floor of the blind trying to hide while you work ducks. You will be able to see plenty through the cover on the blind. I'd rather have to stand up to spot ducks and then be able to sit down comfortably while working them then spot them sitting down and have to been over to hide everytime you want to work birds.
Funny how experience building these things and using them gives you a good idea of what you want and what works, eh?
Slick looking rig.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:52 AM   #58
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Sorry for the lack of updates everyone. I put the welded wire fence on the outside and it will be floated one day this weekend! Then time to start on #2! The second one will be much nicer than this. This was the prototype.





That might be the smallest duck dog i've ever seen!

Very nice work man!
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:53 AM   #59
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weaving in the grass is a pain in the butt trust me, but its SO worth it!
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:59 AM   #60
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The hippo skull is my girlfriends, we just moved and haven't found a good place for it yet.

We usually do a whole base layer of palmettos and then cut and bundle fresh reeds throughout the year and put those on top to keep fresh green cover on it. The best part about being able to move this blind is to move it into fresh natural cover whenever we want. Normally afte a couple weeks of hunting all the natural cover is knocked down around the blind leaving a square patch of brush that sticks out like a sore thumb. Now we can just move it 20 ft and be in thick fresh natural cover.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:01 PM   #61
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That might be the smallest duck dog i've ever seen!

Very nice work man!


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Old 07-24-2015, 12:08 PM   #62
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:02 PM   #63
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That pup = Greatness .

Nice work on the blind . I like to weave cane, when I can get it. Most folks will gladly let you cut them back for free. The early season green leaves work great. Plus, after they die off, the tan stalks work great weather the leaves are on or not. And take up lots of space in the grid. You can always weave reeds in between if you don't have enough cane.
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:04 PM   #64
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JP why the heck didn't you tell me last night I could follow your build on TBH?!?!?
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:22 PM   #65
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That pup = Greatness .

Nice work on the blind . I like to weave cane, when I can get it. Most folks will gladly let you cut them back for free. The early season green leaves work great. Plus, after they die off, the tan stalks work great weather the leaves are on or not. And take up lots of space in the grid. You can always weave reeds in between if you don't have enough cane.
Oh we have miles of levees covered in cane but I am not a big fan of it.

We tried cane 2 years ago we didn't weave it in but just zip tied bundles of it and then zip tied it to the wire fence. The problem we had was when the cane dried up, it shrunk significantly and it would slip out of the zip ties. Weaving cane might work better but I can't see myself wanting to weave cane in 5 blinds this size. I like palmettos for several reasons. They cover a ton of area per leaf (1 big palmetto will cover a 3 foot circle completely). They do a great job of blocking the wind. And they also stay green a lot longer than cane or other similar plants used for cover. We take a weed eater with a brush cutter attachment and can load a 16 foot lowboy with enough palmettos to cover 5 blinds in about an hour.
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:23 PM   #66
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JP why the heck didn't you tell me last night I could follow your build on TBH?!?!?
Haha, I figured you saw it on here Thomas. I'm bored at the office, I'll send you a picture of how to make the base and after that you can build the top however you'd like.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:34 PM   #67
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Turned out real nice, great job JP.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:50 PM   #68
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looks great. congrats
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Old 07-25-2015, 04:24 PM   #69
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I used to wrap mine in brown paper mill felt leftover from the paper dryers before I added the reinforcement wire to hold the brush. Was an excellent wind block and kept us his good even when late season was there or a family of hungry nutria used the blind for a buffet! They eventually ate the dang barrels too.
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:28 AM   #70
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Let's see it floating
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:17 PM   #71
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Here it is floating, that is about 430 pounds on that one end. We tried to rock it back and forth and roll it and didn't even come close.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:51 AM   #72
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I am going to start on the second one this weekend. I have 2 things I am going to change and see if y'all have any other suggestions.

1.) I am going to build the second one about 6 inches shorter in the front so my girlfriend will not have a problem shooting over it. This blind is the perfect height for someone 5'10 or taller. I will probably end up building a 6 inch tall box for short people to stand on.

2.) I am going to put a bench and shelf in the next blind. The reason I did not put a bench and shelf in this blind is because I planned on it being a dual sided blind where we could sit in a patch of reeds and hunt out of both sides if the wind switched. The more I thought about that, the more sense it did not make because of a couple reasons, first the water is too deep for us to move decoys mid hunt and second if we want to hunt facing a different direction we can just spin it after the hunt and face it the other direction for the next day.

If anyone had any doubt about how stable a blind like this would be, worry no more. We rocked it side to side, end to end, a jumped up and down and could not even come close to tipping it. As far as anchoring it goes I believe the thick reeds you can see behind the blind in the picture will hold it in place just fine.

Does anyone have any suggestion for the second blind?
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:38 AM   #73
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Here is a video of us rocking it.

http://youtu.be/Msr76yyrxks
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:13 AM   #74
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Here are a few more from yesterday
Moving it down there

Setting it on the barrels


Sitting in the water
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:37 AM   #75
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Awesome blinds. Two suggestions.
You could weld on short sections off tubing vertical on the corners and use smaller tubing in a long T shape like a push pole to put through the welded bracket for anchoring it where ever you want even if there isnt reeds. They can be used to push the blind around also.
Next cut a small cut out of the wire mesh like a dog door with a ramp out of the front. You can bungee it up where your dog can peek out from under and it keeps them in the blind with you.
Can't wait to see them brushed in and in use. Great project and good luck hunting.
Y'all coming to the BCSRC test this fall?
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:54 AM   #76
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How about a slight roof to give you some cover if you have ducks circle?
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:19 AM   #77
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I just hope that's not your duck dog pictured 😂
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:27 PM   #78
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Next cut a small cut out of the wire mesh like a dog door with a ramp out of the front. You can bungee it up where your dog can peek out from under and it keeps them in the blind with you.
Can't wait to see them brushed in and in use. Great project and good luck hunting.
Y'all coming to the BCSRC test this fall?
We are going to cut a small hole in the wire mesh so the dog can exit the blind through that hole but he will come back up on the platform you can see pictured.

And as long as we can get our dogs signed up for master we will be there!
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:30 PM   #79
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How about a slight roof to give you some cover if you have ducks circle?
I thought about doing that with the next one. I'm gonna start on it the end of this week and try and finish it by Sunday so I will keep everyone posted!
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:07 PM   #80
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We made a couple like that and then started making them much lower profile and driving the boat into them and hunting out of the boat. Had braces under water w pvc pipe for rollers and just drove the boat in and slid it out Used ratchet straps to tighten the boat down to the blind to keep rocking to a minimum. Made one with a bench seat and the boat was the floor. Others just sat in the boat. Didn't need a boat hide and was real low profile Worked pretty well for us. Easy to move as well w the boat driven in it.
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:19 PM   #81
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That turned out great!
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:59 PM   #82
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We made a couple like that and then started making them much lower profile and driving the boat into them and hunting out of the boat. Had braces under water w pvc pipe for rollers and just drove the boat in and slid it out Used ratchet straps to tighten the boat down to the blind to keep rocking to a minimum. Made one with a bench seat and the boat was the floor. Others just sat in the boat. Didn't need a boat hide and was real low profile Worked pretty well for us. Easy to move as well w the boat driven in it.
We don't have any reason to make these blinds low profile. We are hiding them in reeds that stick up 6 ft above the water.

As for hiding the boat, we park the boat several hundred yards away and kayak in. We can slide the kayak right underneath this blind. I have thought about building one that is 16 ft and has a separate boat slip behind the actual blind. The only downside to a blind that big is brushing it and then keeping it brushed up well throughout the season. It probably isn't going to happen this year but maybe next!
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:12 PM   #83
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Following. looks good man!
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Old 07-29-2015, 04:18 PM   #84
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Cool build. One suggestion, you should take about 20 feet of some surgical tubing and and attach that to the blind so that you can have some motion in the spread. We built one like this a while back and, we also put a solar panel on it and wired a MOJO about head high, left it running all season thanks to the good lord and some of his solar energy, just make sure that the MOJO is well cared for cause those motors ain't what they used to be
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:24 PM   #85
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I just hope that's not your duck dog pictured

That JRT would put a lot of people's labs to shame....
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:57 PM   #86
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I just hope that's not your duck dog pictured 😂
Duck and goose dog!



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Old 07-31-2015, 12:52 PM   #87
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Legit blind! Fyi beavers will chew into floats. We've had them hollow out floats in a dock before but yours is much easier to replace than our was.
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:34 PM   #88
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Legit blind! Fyi beavers will chew into floats. We've had them hollow out floats in a dock before but yours is much easier to replace than our was.
Good thing we don't have beavers where this blind is! We do have plenty of otters and nutria rats though but I don't think they will be a problem. I'm more worried about a big old cottonmouth trying to make it his home..
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