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Drycreek3189 09-02-2019 01:12 PM

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I’ve had this one in mothballs for a couple years now after moving it off a place where they were cutting timber. Too much labor in it to risk it to a wild skidder hand:D

My son and I put it up here at home on our largest food plot and overlooking a feeder. It’s built out of cattle panels and put on a commercial platform built by the RealBark guys in Henderson. I expect more hogs to succumb here than deer, because we shoot zero does at home and only one buck per year, if that.

Drycreek3189 09-02-2019 01:15 PM

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Front view. Big window in front and smaller ones on the sides. One facing the CanAm in the first pic needs the military type netting cut out, the last place I had it I had no shot that way so I left it covered.

parkchief100 09-02-2019 01:42 PM

Very nice! What did you use for siding and roof material?

Drycreek3189 09-02-2019 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by parkchief100 (Post 14341995)
Very nice! What did you use for siding and roof material?

The roof was a “second” at RealBark that was gonna be melted back down and the blind is just cattle panel turned in a circle with a door fabricated from another panel. I built four of these but this is the only one on a tower. This one is covered in black plastic, then camo burlap, then the netting on the outside. They are hot for early season except in the mornings, but they do work well to keep your scent in.

Here’s one “naked”.

Radar 09-02-2019 03:28 PM

Nice looking blind, very simple.

By the way, I see that Sarge got a new Can Am. His "service people" take good care of him.:D:D

Nice looking machine Don, congrats.

Drycreek3189 09-02-2019 03:56 PM

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Nice looking blind, very simple.

By the way, I see that Sarge got a new Can Am. His "service people" take good care of him.:D:D

Nice looking machine Don, congrats.

Thanks Jeff. I got the idea from looking at the plastic blinds that RealBark made. I did quite a bit of dirt work for the owner and got to know him pretty well. At the time they didn’t make bow friendly blinds so I bought a couple platforms and went from there. I originally had the front window bigger than needed and attached the shoot through netting with flat bar bolted together to “sandwich” the netting. Later I ditched that and now I just use regular paper clamps like you would use in an office to clamp a sheaf of papers together. Works like a charm and you can drop the netting to use a handgun or rifle, or to change out the netting. The rebar at the top keeps the plastic roof from caving in if you want to brush it up and serves to hang my Ozonics unit on also. I have three more on short wooden platforms. Easy to move with three people or just me with my tractor and forks. Here’s one of them.

MathewsTX5 09-02-2019 04:35 PM

Very nice.

Hoss163 09-02-2019 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Drycreek3189 (Post 14342028)
The roof was a “second” at RealBark that was gonna be melted back down and the blind is just cattle panel turned in a circle with a door fabricated from another panel. I built four of these but this is the only one on a tower. This one is covered in black plastic, then camo burlap, then the netting on the outside. They are hot for early season except in the mornings, but they do work well to keep your scent in.

Here’s one “naked”.

How do you draw a bow back in that little thing ?

Drycreek3189 09-02-2019 06:00 PM

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How do you draw a bow back in that little thing ?

I guess appearances can be deceiving. It’s 6’ across. Plenty of room, better than most popups.

bowaddict40 09-02-2019 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Drycreek3189 (Post 14342361)
I guess appearances can be deceiving. It’s 6’ across. Plenty of room, better than most popups.


How tall is it? Aren’t the panels only 4’ tall?

Drycreek3189 09-02-2019 07:57 PM

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How tall is it? Aren’t the panels only 4’ tall?

The panels have been added onto. I used a partial panel and welded it to a full one, but utility panels are 54” tall I think. Anyway, you can stand up in it.

Where the red dots are it’s tacked all around. The top is a dome, so it’s higher in the center.

parkchief100 09-02-2019 08:29 PM

Very nice! Good job!

bowaddict40 09-02-2019 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Drycreek3189 (Post 14342583)
The panels have been added onto. I used a partial panel and welded it to a full one, but utility panels are 54” tall I think. Anyway, you can stand up in it.

Where the red dots are it’s tacked all around. The top is a dome, so it’s higher in the center.


Very nice. Thank you.

Drycreek3189 09-10-2019 11:52 AM

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Added a little camo today to let it blend a bit more. Normally, with rainfall, that cedar will stay green for awhile. Probably not this year, it’s as dry as a popcorn fart here, but the needles will stay on through deer season.

SaltwaterSlick 09-10-2019 12:44 PM

THAT is a GREAT design sir! I'm likely to steal some of your ideas! I have a couple old bow blinds I took down from our old lease that I need to rebuild. Think I'll use those utility panels instead of the welded wire I originally used. I already have the frames, just need to attach the panels.
Good luck with it takin' out some porkers!

Drycreek3189 09-10-2019 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by SaltwaterSlick (Post 14359880)
THAT is a GREAT design sir! I'm likely to steal some of your ideas! I have a couple old bow blinds I took down from our old lease that I need to rebuild. Think I'll use those utility panels instead of the welded wire I originally used. I already have the frames, just need to attach the panels.
Good luck with it takin' out some porkers!

Thanks Slick, I’m sure some hogs will die here.

manwitaplan 09-10-2019 09:40 PM

Where did you get the frame for the door?


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Drycreek3189 09-10-2019 09:59 PM

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Where did you get the frame for the door?


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I built it. It’s actually part of the blind itself. The panels are 16’ long, I just turned one into a circle to fit the roof and welded a piece of thin strap, (thin enough to bend easily), into the space I had left. One on top and one on the bottom. Angle iron welded perpendicularly on each side completed the frame. I shaped part of another panel to fit that space, shaped a couple short pieces of rod and welded them to the angle. They fit into a couple of tubes on the door to make hinges. I can lift the door up a few inches and it comes off. Here’s one of the rods.

Drycreek3189 09-10-2019 10:04 PM

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Drycreek3189 09-10-2019 10:11 PM

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You can see the angle iron on each side and the strap top and bottom. As I did this with no help, I put a ratchet strap around the whole thing and tightened it until the blind fit the roof since the roof and the platform was the starting point.

manwitaplan 09-11-2019 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Drycreek3189 (Post 14361197)
I built it. It’s actually part of the blind itself. The panels are 16’ long, I just turned one into a circle to fit the roof and welded a piece of thin strap, (thin enough to bend easily), into the space I had left. One on top and one on the bottom. Angle iron welded perpendicularly on each side completed the frame. I shaped part of another panel to fit that space, shaped a couple short pieces of rod and welded them to the angle. They fit into a couple of tubes on the door to make hinges. I can lift the door up a few inches and it comes off. Here’s one of the rods.



Thank You!


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