Welcome back, hunters. Now that we’ve covered the pros and cons of treestands, let us dive into those of the ground blind. Again, while this is mainly based on your preference, it’s best to look at all angles to decide which form of covertness works well for you. This can all depend on the ‘what, where, and how’ of your hunting trip.
Hunting from a ‘deer’s-eye view’ if you will, can be incredibly advantageous, and much easier to set up in comparison to a treestand. Additionally, they are typically much more mobile as they are lightweight and do not require complex systems to keep them stationary. Your mobility within ground blinds is much greater as well compared to treestands. Hunters will have much more space to move around, which their targets will most likely be doing as well outside. This increase comfort can contribute to a better trip overall.
Your overall safety is increased within a ground blind as well, unlike treestands, which position you at high elevations with little protection from the surrounding elements. Ground blinds can give you much more of an advantage in rain, heavy winds, or inclement weather in general, as well as keeping you safe through all of it.
Typically, ground blinds provide you with much more cover than treestands. With this, it may be more difficult for animals to detect you as long as the blind itself is camouflaged and well hidden. The windows looks out also allow you to shoot at ground level, giving you a clearer view of a target’s kill zone, whereas treestands decrease the size of this the higher up they are.
While you are usually well protected with a ground blind, some of the complications that come with this strategy can be debilitating for certain bowhunters. With being at ground level comes with a higher possibility of being detected by your target. Taking a whitetail’s sense of smell into consideration, the closer you are to them, the more likely you are of giving away your position. Wind at ground level could carry your scent toward the deer. Being in their line of sight is a disadvantage as well.
Your sight is often limited within a ground blind too. Smart hunters understand that one window should be open at all times as opposed to every single one in order to best hide themselves. This usually means just a 90-degree line of sight, which can prove even more troublesome in a densely wooded area with thick brush.
As a helpful tip that may benefit some hunters, try setting up your ground blind days in advance. Prey animals are extremely perceptive when it comes to new structures within their homes, but allowing them to grow accustomed to one gives you a better chance of hiding the entire ground blind itself.