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Old 10-18-2006, 07:52 AM   #1
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Well, I got tired of not seeing anything from my ladderstand overlooking my feeder, then driving out the road and seeing deer running everywhere on both sides of the road not 100 yards west of my stand. To make things worse...another guy on my lease hunts out of a ground blind about 600 yards to my west and has been seeing a lot of deer, including a bachelor group of "legal" bucks.

So I did it. I bought a BigFoot Pop-up blind with the locking hub system off of eBay for $91. I set it up 100 yards from my current ladderstand and feeder just off of the road. There are trails all through this area, so I feel good about it.

This is my first attempt at brushing in a blind and cutting shooting lanes.

My 30 yard shot to the east (deer's view of blind)
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My 30 yard shot to the west(deer's view of blind)
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My 20 yard shot to the west (deer's view of blind)
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You veterans think this is brushed in good enough? The back of the blind is not brushed in at all, and it is facing the bedding area for the deer. I plan on keeping the windows closed on that side except for some "peek holes."
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:56 AM   #2
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Here are the "cheater" version of the above pics.
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Old 10-18-2006, 08:03 AM   #3
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What blind???? Looks good to me!
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Old 10-18-2006, 08:25 AM   #4
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What blind???? Looks good to me!
Thanks woody. Pictures make it look better than it is, but I hope they get used to it before I get back out there next week. I put rice brand out at the base of tree to the east which is a 20 yard shot, and at the base of another at 20 yards to the west.

I might walk in from the other guys blind direction (when he doesn't plan on hunting of course) and do a drag line with some Tinks #69 all the way down the road. See if I can't lure one of them "legal" bucks close enough to see how old they are.
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:17 AM   #5
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Looks good to me. Good luck!
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:17 AM   #6
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Looks good, BUT when you think you have it brushd in...do some more! I believe it was Rsatt that had a pic of a brushed in ground blind that was awesome and WCB has an awesome one too.
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:19 AM   #7
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Good job. They will get used to it. If they see it.
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:21 AM   #8
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You think I should brush in the back side? Cause you know they never come from the direction you want them too. I litterally could have 360 degree of shooting in this blind. But having all the windows open would expose my shadow.

I do have a trail that crosses behind me. I am hoping they don't mind the blind and walk on through to my "shooting windows."

What cha think?
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:28 AM   #9
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You think I should brush in the back side? Cause you know they never come from the direction you want them too. I litterally could have 360 degree of shooting in this blind. But having all the windows open would expose my shadow.

I do have a trail that crosses behind me. I am hoping they don't mind the blind and walk on through to my "shooting windows."

What cha think?
Yes I would brush in the back of the blind. The set up looks good but as you said you never know where the deer will come from.
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:29 AM   #10
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looks good more brush is not going to hurt a thang
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:30 AM   #11
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looks good!! good luck!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:32 AM   #12
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looks good, how is the bran and vanilla working for you?
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:36 AM   #13
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Or you could cut some brush and block the trail behind you. This would force the deer to use one of the trails that you are set up to shoot at.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:10 AM   #14
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All the brush in front of the blind, which you see, is alive and rooted. I just cut a hole in the brush and slide the blind in. I will have to put some time next time I am out there, into cutting/gathering brush to break up the back. Some light stuff on the top wouldn't hurt either.

Curr_dog, the deer either lightly hit, nor avoided all together the rice bran with grape jello in it. I did just put out some plain rice bran, so we will see what happens over the next week. As far as vanilla...it worked "ok" the one and only time I saw a deer. He was VERY spooky, and never relaxed. Not sure if it was my scent, the scent of a dog I ran into later, or what. Truth be told, the circumstances haven't presented a good test.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:34 AM   #15
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Mudshack...looks great to me. I would also throw out some chum corn everytime I went out .
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:01 PM   #16
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Mudshack...looks great to me. I would also throw out some chum corn everytime I went out .
Good point. I sure have enough of it, since I backed my feeders off to only spreading for 5 secs per day.
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:25 PM   #17
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Looks good to me!

I see way more wildlife in my ground blind and up close and personal, then I ever did sitting in a tree and looking through the canopy of limbs around.
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:32 PM   #18
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looking good
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:13 PM   #19
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good setup...good luck
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:17 PM   #20
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Looks good, let us know how it does!!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:18 PM   #21
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Looks good man, good luck! Let us know how it goes.
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