For many people, a hunting trip is about more than the thrill of the hunt. It also provides you with the chance to escape the hectic bustle of everyday life and unplug in the serenity of nature. The primary goal of hunting, of course, is to bag your target – whether it’s a deer, turkey, duck, or other game. For most hunters, this means sitting in one place for hours on end, playing a waiting game. During those long hours a hunter may get edgy, go a little stir crazy, or even doze off from time to time. If you find yourself in that position, here are a few tips about what to do in a ground blind when you’re tempted to nap, twiddle your thumbs, or just give up for the day.
First and Foremost…the Setup
One of the most important aspects of a hunting blind is that it hides the hunter, whether it’s an elevated blind or a ground blind. When you are considering your blind’s position and location, there are several things to consider. First of all, your blind should either be completely invisible or completely visible.
A completely invisible blind, ground or elevated, can be set up in any dense area of a forest. The objective is to blend the blind into the existing vegetation and make it invisible to passing game and other animals. A well-hidden blind and a very quiet hunter will allow game to wander extremely close, giving you excellent opportunities to see and hit your target.
If you choose a partially-hidden or completely visible blind, it should be able to be seen and identified from at least 75 to 100 yards away. If your blind is only visible at closer distances, you can scare off more game than you’ll attract. A blind that is visible at greater distances gives animals more time to see the blind and determine what threat level it poses to them. If they view it as being harmless, they’ll wander closer without fear or perhaps with curiosity.
What to Do In a Ground Blind…When You Get Hungry
When you sit for hours in the woods or in a large expanse of grassy plain, you don’t want your rumbling stomach to start disturbing the native wildlife. A great way to abate your hunger is to eat a good meal before you head out for the hunt, but you should also bring along plenty of snacks to tide you over while you’re waiting for your trophy target.
Avoid bringing snacks in plastic bags that will crinkle and rattle when you open them. Soft, plastic containers are ideal. You should also avoid snacks that are noisy themselves like potato chips, crackers, and other crunchy tidbits. Make sure you don’t forget to bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration while you’re spending your day hunting, otherwise you may find yourself without the strength to haul your prize out at the end of the day.
What to Do In a Ground Blind…When You Get Bored
Plug in! Bring along your tablet, smartphone, or other mobile device and spend some time staying connected. You can spend your time reading hunting articles, playing games (quietly!), or posting selfies of yourself in your hunting blind. Don’t let your digital activities distract you from game passing by, however, or you might miss out on the opportunity to bag a buck that you’d been waiting for. You can also spend some time surfing for other ways to abate the boredom while sitting quietly in a hunting blind!