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Old 09-02-2019, 12:12 PM   #1
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Iíve 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

My son and I put it up here at home on our largest food plot and overlooking a feeder. Itís 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.
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Old 09-02-2019, 12:15 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 09-02-2019, 12:42 PM   #3
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Very nice! What did you use for siding and roof material?
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:14 PM   #4
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Very nice! What did you use for siding and roof material?
The roof was a ďsecondĒ 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.

Hereís one ďnakedĒ.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:28 PM   #5
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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.

Nice looking machine Don, congrats.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:56 PM   #6
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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.

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 didnít 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 ďsandwichĒ 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. Hereís one of them.
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:35 PM   #7
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Very nice.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:02 PM   #8
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The roof was a ďsecondĒ 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.

Hereís one ďnakedĒ.
How do you draw a bow back in that little thing ?
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:00 PM   #9
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How do you draw a bow back in that little thing ?
I guess appearances can be deceiving. Itís 6í across. Plenty of room, better than most popups.
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:54 PM   #10
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I guess appearances can be deceiving. Itís 6í across. Plenty of room, better than most popups.

How tall is it? Arenít the panels only 4í tall?
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Old 09-02-2019, 06:57 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 09-02-2019, 07:29 PM   #12
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Very nice! Good job!
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Old 09-02-2019, 09:24 PM   #13
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The panels have been added onto. I used a partial panel and welded it to a full one, but utility panels are 54Ē tall I think. Anyway, you can stand up in it.

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

Very nice. Thank you.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:52 AM   #14
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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, itís as dry as a popcorn fart here, but the needles will stay on through deer season.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:44 AM   #15
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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!
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:55 AM   #16
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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, Iím sure some hogs will die here.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:40 PM   #17
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Where did you get the frame for the door?


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Old 09-10-2019, 08:59 PM   #18
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I built it. Itís actually part of the blind itself. The panels are 16í 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. Hereís one of the rods.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:11 PM   #20
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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.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:12 AM   #21
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I built it. Itís actually part of the blind itself. The panels are 16í 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. Hereís one of the rods.


Thank You!
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Love this idea/setup! I'd be interested in seeing the door in place, if you've got the pics.
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Old 03-29-2020, 11:05 AM   #23
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Love this idea/setup! I'd be interested in seeing the door in place, if you've got the pics.
I looked through my pics and I donít have any of the door in place. This thread really wasnít a build thread, I took the pics when I was recovering the blind and building the platform.

All these blinds were originally just sitting on the ground, but I got tired of sweeping for snakes and spiders each morning so I decided to put them all on platforms. They were all originally covered in black plastic also but that made them very hot for afternoon hunts. I decided about the best compromise for durability and comfort was indoor/outdoor carpet. Itís a lot quieter and somewhat cooler than the plastic.

I do have a platform pic, itís not a finished pic, but youíll get the gist. The bottom pic is the only one I have of the door hung on the blind.
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Old 03-29-2020, 03:24 PM   #24
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I sure like your idea. You've really got me to thinking how I'm going to plan for the upcoming season.
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