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Old 11-16-2021, 12:26 PM   #1
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I built this cattle panel blind this year. I was proud of it even though it does have some flaws. But the tarp was a bad idea. The sun has already worn it out. What would be better to cover it with besides tarp?
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Old 11-16-2021, 12:28 PM   #2
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Check with ABCDJ, he used hay rings and covered them with choloroplast signs, then painted.


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Old 11-16-2021, 01:03 PM   #3
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A lot of people use carpet
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Old 11-16-2021, 01:14 PM   #4
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Check with ABCDJ, he used hay rings and covered them with choloroplast signs, then painted.


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After 100mph winds came thru and destroyed the three I just put out. it is time for something else!

I have been think about buying a roll of old astro turf. It's 7.5 x 50ft or so for $150. That would do three of my rings. It is heavier with all the rubber pellets in it. But it is already green!
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Old 11-16-2021, 01:17 PM   #5
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If you can find Affordable pond liner material, that works great if its thick enough
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Old 11-16-2021, 01:55 PM   #6
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We always have used camo burlap or other similar material. We do this knowing that it will have to be replaced every year however.
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Old 11-16-2021, 02:07 PM   #7
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Not to hijack this thread but what kind of entry way do people use for these kinds of blinds? Iíve seen videos of how to build them but never seen how they do the door.


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Old 11-16-2021, 02:28 PM   #8
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Thereís a place just west of Jacksboro that has huge piles of used turf stacked up outside.


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Old 11-16-2021, 02:46 PM   #9
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Home depot sells a rubber backed outdoor carpet in dark brown and grey.. It works great and will last for years.. I use it on my 2 blinds...
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Old 11-16-2021, 02:55 PM   #10
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I got a thick roll of plastic. I doubled it up and it seems to last pretty long.
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Old 11-16-2021, 02:57 PM   #11
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old skool TBHers used to use these:

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Old 11-16-2021, 03:03 PM   #12
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Thereís a place just west of Jacksboro that has huge piles of used turf stacked up outside.


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Home depot sells a rubber backed outdoor carpet in dark brown and grey.. It works great and will last for years.. I use it on my 2 blinds...
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I got a thick roll of plastic. I doubled it up and it seems to last pretty long.
Do you just poke holes and use the plastic zip ties or wire?
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Old 11-16-2021, 03:14 PM   #13
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I used to use the black landscape fabric with some cheap carpet on the outside
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Old 11-16-2021, 03:21 PM   #14
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I used to lay the panel flat and use the thickest black poly plastic. The roll I used came from McCoys but you can get it elsewhere. With it folded it was exactly 5 ft tall and plenty long to cover the whole panel, and gave you 2 layers thick. I attached it with the thick heavy zip ties. It allowed it to stretch super tight when then rolling the panel into a circle to form your blind. I then used some of the astro turf carpet from home depot to wrap over the top of the plastic for the final outer layer. That plastic is now 10 years old and still in tact.

For the door I left about a 3.5 foot opening where the 2 ends wrapped around forming the round blind and connected them at the top and bottom with a heavy wire. I then framed the door out in 2x4's and used an old piece of plywood for the door and attached the framed out 2x4's with wire to the opening left by spacing the 2 ends apart at 3 1/2 feet. If you want a lighter door and can find a sheet of coroplast that is eay to use to skin your door out with. By leaving the 3x5 ft opening for the door it allows the interior of your blind to by larger. Of course you can leave a larger door opening and allows the blind to be even larger.

Another option for the door if you have an extra piece of cattle panel just skin it in the same materials of black poly and Astro Turf carpet and wire it across the back opening and allow one side to swing open and closed.

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Old 11-16-2021, 03:21 PM   #15
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Pond liner for the waterproofing and light blocking, and to camouflage it use rolls of gras matting like duck hunters use for their blinds.


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Old 11-16-2021, 03:25 PM   #16
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Old wooden fence panels that people stack in their alley for trash pickup when they get a new fence. Wire them to your cattle panels, then take a sawzall and cut vertical bow windows on all 4 sides. Works great.
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Old 11-16-2021, 03:31 PM   #17
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I used to lay the panel flat and use the thickest black poly plastic. The roll I used came from McCoys but you can get it elsewhere. With it folded it was exactly 5 ft tall and plenty long to cover the whole panel, and gave you 2 layers thick. I attached it with the thick heavy zip ties. It allowed it to stretch super tight when then rolling the panel into a circle to form your blind. I then used some of the astro turf carpet from home depot to wrap over the top of the plastic for the final outer layer. That plastic is now 10 years old and still in tact.

For the door I left about a 3.5 foot opening where the 2 ends wrapped around forming the round blind and connected them at the top and bottom with a heavy wire. I then framed the door out in 2x4's and used an old piece of plywood for the door and attached the framed out 2x4's with wire to the opening left by spacing the 2 ends apart at 3 1/2 feet. If you want a lighter door and can find a sheet of coroplast that is eay to use to skin your door out with. By leaving the 3x5 ft opening for the door it allows the interior of your blind to by larger. Of course you can leave a larger door opening and allows the blind to be even larger.
Mine is a little big. I bent 1 panel into a half moon and cut another panel in half and put each half on each end. And one end opens up. I think I should have just rolled 1 panel into a circle and put a top on it.
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Old 11-16-2021, 03:36 PM   #18
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Better quality tarp

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Old 11-16-2021, 08:01 PM   #19
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I use this. Supposed to last like 10 years in the sun and itís cheap. If I get 5 years out of it I figure Iím doing good.

Sunnyglade 6 feet x 50 feet Privacy Screen Fence Heavy Duty Fencing Mesh Shade Net Cover for Wall Garden Yard Backyard (6 ft X 50 ft, Green) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFP4PPQ...ing=UTF8&psc=1


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Old 11-16-2021, 09:30 PM   #20
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Not to hijack this thread but what kind of entry way do people use for these kinds of blinds? Iíve seen videos of how to build them but never seen how they do the door.


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Carpet on my coroplast blinds. Turf on future ones.
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:27 AM   #21
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I use this. Supposed to last like 10 years in the sun and itís cheap. If I get 5 years out of it I figure Iím doing good.

Sunnyglade 6 feet x 50 feet Privacy Screen Fence Heavy Duty Fencing Mesh Shade Net Cover for Wall Garden Yard Backyard (6 ft X 50 ft, Green) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFP4PPQ...ing=UTF8&psc=1


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You wrap the outside of your blind with this? Anything else?
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Old 11-18-2021, 07:54 AM   #22
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Seems like a disposable painters drop cloth form Home Depot would work good. Attach it to the blind and paint it with outdoor paint?
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Old 11-18-2021, 08:06 AM   #23
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Old bill board sign. Or old banners, we use several from church. Most of them are 1 and done.
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Old 11-18-2021, 08:13 AM   #24
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Old wooden fence panels that people stack in their alley for trash pickup when they get a new fence. Wire them to your cattle panels, then take a sawzall and cut vertical bow windows on all 4 sides. Works great.
Awesome suggestion! I have always seen old fence panels being thrown away and wondered how I could make a blind out of them. Thanks!!
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Old 11-18-2021, 08:14 AM   #25
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Filter fabric is the best I’ve found, then brush in
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Do you just poke holes and use the plastic zip ties or wire?
Yep, I then cris cross rope over the roof, semi tight, and then stuff cedar under the rope until the entire roof is cover.. I do the same around the entire side of the blind. When I am done it looks like a bush. A human would not even notice it.. Deer will walk with feet of them within hours of being built.
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Old 11-21-2021, 05:51 PM   #27
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I have 2 satellites that were on these type of blinds. Free to a good home. Located in SW ok.


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Old 11-22-2021, 01:05 PM   #28
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You wrap the outside of your blind with this? Anything else?
Yes, I stretch it tight as possible and use zip ties or bailing wire to wire it to the panels. then cut a vertical shooting hole or 2 in it.
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Old 11-30-2021, 09:07 AM   #29
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Yes, I stretch it tight as possible and use zip ties or bailing wire to wire it to the panels. then cut a vertical shooting hole or 2 in it.
Does it shed water?
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Old 11-30-2021, 09:18 AM   #30
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The satellite dish is a great way to go. Since mine was a mesh material, I added carpet. We built it in South Texas in 2006. I bet the carpet is still keeping the rain out of it.
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Old 11-30-2021, 09:23 AM   #31
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We built a couple from concrete wire and wrapped with heavy tar paper. That stuff lasted a couple of years.
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Old 11-30-2021, 09:27 AM   #32
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We used oil field plastic liner type stuff. Heavy duty. Then carpet over that. Our roof is a complete dome of pvc braces.
Been out since 2015 in KS and still going strong!
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Old 11-30-2021, 07:36 PM   #33
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old bill board sign. Or old banners, we use several from church. Most of them are 1 and done.
^^^this^^^^
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Nice! Thanks!!
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I know a guy that made several from concrete wire and tar paper that held up well for quite a long time. He just made the whole shell and then cut the windows where he wanted them.
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