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Hunting from a Turkey Blind Tips

Not all hunters choose to sit up against an oak tree. In this article, I’ll cover all the factors of hunting turkeys from a ground blind, including benefits, mistakes, and tips to keep in mind. Here are my best hunting from a turkey blind tips.

Benefits of a Turkey Hunting Blind

Millions of turkey hunters around the continent use hunting blinds, and for good reasons. There are numerous benefits of a turkey blind. Some of these include the following.

  • Being completely covered.
  • Being able to move more.
  • Muffling softer sounds.
  • Getting closer to birds for shot opportunities.
  • Blinds are relatively easy to move and relocate.
  • Blinds are fairly quick to set up.
  • These are great for concealing new, young, or disabled hunters (who might move more).

1. Select the Right Hunting Blind Type

There are numerous types of hunting blinds on the market. Select the one that’s right for your situation and hunting style.

2. Get the Right Size Blind

Blinds come in all different sizes. Get the one that provides enough room for you and whoever might be hunting with you.

3. Choose the Right Camo Pattern

Choose a blind with a camo pattern that matches the terrain type it will be deployed in. There are many different options on the market.

4. Get a Blind That Reduces Internal Lighting and External Glare

Thicker and better material reduces the amount of light inside of the blind. Also, certain materials glare less than others. Get a blind that does both things well.

5. Place Some Cover on Top of the Blind

Much of the light that gets inside the blind comes through the roof of it. It can help to place some cover or material on top of it to reduce that lighting.

6. Wearing Something Dark

Wear something dark to match the dark appearance of the interior of the blind. This will make it more difficult for turkeys to spot movement within it.

7. Clear the Ground Underneath the Blind

It’s important to clear sticks, leaves, and other debris from the floor underneath the blind. This will make your movements much quieter.

8. Pack a Comfortable Chair

Long sits in the blind are much more difficult to deal with when using an uncomfortable seat. Pack one that makes those longer sits more enjoyable.

9. Bring a Portable Heater

During the early spring season, or in the fall, colder hunts can be challenging. Bringing a portable heater for the blind (if used safely) can be a great way to stay warm.

10. Be Very Intentional with Decoy Placement

Turkeys sometimes hang up. It’s crucial to place decoys in a manner that maximizes the odds of a shot opportunity. Keep decoys within 10-15 yards of the blind, and directly in front of your primary shooting window.

11. Keep an Eye on the Window Edge

It’s easy to accidentally clip the blind window when shoot from inside of it. Be aware of your muzzle or broadhead position and projection to refrain from hitting the blind.

Turkey Blind Mistakes to Avoid

Just as there are benefits of using turkey hunting blind, there are also mistakes to avoid. Hunters should keep the following blunders in mind and out of practice.

  • Putting out blinds too close to the season. Give them some time to get used to these.
  • Thinking turkey blinds can’t be placed unbrushed and in the open. On public, it’s fine.
  • Still, if brushing is possible, that’s almost always a better option. Do this on private land.
  • Ignoring fly-down spots, loafing areas, strut zones, and food sources for blind spots.

Turkey hunting from a ground blind is effective. It works. Keep these things in mind when spring or fall turkey hunting this year.

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