Editor’s Note: The following article was written by a reader of Bullets First who reached to me and passed it along. Here’s a sampling of it with a link to the entire article at the bottom. Jessica is a freelance outdoors and travel writer and she and her family are avid deer hunters. She has compiled a very well thought out and researched Top Ten list for the best Deer Blinds of 2017. Enjoy.
Hunters have used deer blinds over the last century to great success. Learning how to choose the perfect deer blind for your needs can be an important first step in taking your hunting skills to the next level. Having the ability to watch your prey without being seen give you a far better understanding of your target. It also allows you to take a cleaner shot without worrying about alerting your prey and missing your opportunity.
Recently advances in camouflage have increased the effectiveness of these hunting tools and as a result of this, many new hunters are rushing to the market to purchase one of these tried and true hunting blinds. The problem is not every hunting blind is created equal and the majority of blind manufacturers lack he experience to deliver a high-quality product that is both effective and reliable. Luckily there are some manufacturers that have proven themselves to be quality concerned. These are our picks for the top 10 deer blinds for the money.
The Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 Hunting Doghouse Ground Blind incorporates a shoot through mesh design that gives you added coverage when hunting. This makes it this tent ideal for rifle or bow hunting. The camouflage on this tent is a fall pattern that includes 3D leaves that add to the realism. Deer, rabbits and other animals, will never know you are there, thanks to the intuitive features this hunting blind offers. This unit has a shooting width of 60″ and stands 66″ tall. If you are taller than 6″ you may find this unit a bit too short for you. For the majority of hunters, the size is adequate. This also means you can comfortably store enough gear to enjoy a full day hunting from your blind.
This deer blind is made constructed from 100% Polyester. This gives this unit added protection against tears, as well as more water resistance capabilities. The Realtree Xtra camo pattern is highly effective in the wild. This unit includes a carry bag that increases the overall portability. This makes this blind the perfect hunting companion. This deer blind was designed with your convenience in mind. It is very easy to set this tent up and you can be ready to stalk your prey in under 10 minutes. The Ground Steel Frame can withstand heavy winds; you just need to be sure to stake it down properly when expecting harsh weather conditions.
Ground Steel Frame
Outstanding FeaturesThe overall durability and excellent price point this unit comes in at make it a smart choice for new and experienced hunters alike. You get the advantages of genuine Realtree Camo at a value that is hard to beat.
The Primos Double Bull Deluxe Ground Blind utilizes a zipperless doublewide silent entry and exit door to keep your movements as stealthy as possible. You don’t want to alert your prey by using zippers or velcro, so this feature is a huge selling point this unit has over the majority of the competition. This is a large entry that also gives you a 180-degree full front view of your hunting ground. The windows also utilize the patented Silent Slide Design so you can get a full awareness of any approaching prey before they have any idea you are there.
Primos is known for their use of quality materials and their excellent construction methods. This unit is manufactured from Double Bull materials and can withstand heavy use before showing any signs of wear. You can tell a lot of research went into this design and the added height makes this blind ideal for taller hunters. This hunting tent is 77″ tall with a shooting space of 60″ x 60″. This gives you enough room to fit all of your gear away and stay silent while you watch your prey from the shadows. This blind does not have a floor so you may want to clear any dead leaves from the area you are setting up at.
Silent Entry Door
Silent Slide Windows
Double Bull Materials
Effective Camo Design
Outstanding FeaturesThis is the perfect tent for the experienced hunter. The Silent Entry design is one of the most sought after feature in the deer blind market and the overall craftsmanship of this blind is excellent. If you are ready to take your hunting to the next level, this is an option worthy of your consideration.
The Ameristep Care Taker Hub Blind-Realtree Xtra features Shadow Guard Technology to give you an added edge when stalking your prey. Experienced hunters will tell you, deer are very intuitive to their surroundings and the sight of a shadow moving from inside your blind can be enough to spoke them it running off. The creative minds at Ameristep tackled this issue head on and came up with this patented Shadow Guard Design. This unit also includes a Shoot-Through Mesh Design that allows you to remain completely hidden, even when taking your shot. Another advantage you get with this deer blind is added protection from insects. The mesh on this tent is designed to be Insect Resistant as well as camo.
The Durashell Plus Materials give you increased protection from harsh weather conditions and the shooting width has been increased from previous versions. You now get 69″ of shooting space, this can give you the added floor space you need for more gear, or even adding another hunter. This tent has windows that can be opened to allow for a full 360-degree view of your hunting ground. Set up is easy and the entire process can be done in around ten minutes. This unit is a little heavier than the majority of competitor’s brands but the added weight is due to the use of more durable materials.
69″ Shooting Area
Full 360 Degree View
Durashell Plus Materials
Insect Resistant Mesh
Shadow Guard Technology
Easy to Setup
Outstanding FeaturesIt’s going to be hard to find a 2 person blind at a better price than this unit. You get quality comparable to higher end deer blinds at an undeniable value. If you are looking for an inexpensive deer blind that can stand up to years of use, this is the smart choice for you.
The Ameristep Tent Chair Blind-Realtree Xtra utilizes a unique design to get you closer to your prey than ever before. The Realtree Xtra camo pattern is highly effective in the wild and it allows you to stalk your prey without being noticed. Realtree is known for producing exceptional camouflage patterns for hunters around the world. This is a one person deer blind designed to be used by a single shooter. The windows on this blind do require you to unzip them prior to taking your shot, so you may find it more effective to keep your screens open when hunting.
This unit is easily transportable; it includes a carry case with shoulder strap. There is also a fold up hunting chair included in this design, so you can stay comfortable while you hunt. This deer blind gives you an added ability to hide; because of its reduced size your prey is less likely to notice it. You will not be able to have too much gear if you want to be able to store it in this style of blind, but you will be able to set your blind up almost anywhere unnoticed. You will be able to get closer to your prey than some of the larger blinds on the market.
Realtree Xtra Camo
Outstanding FeaturesThis is great one person deer blind that can give you a distinct advantage in the wild. The extra portable design adds to the overall usability of this unit and the price is very competitive considering the added durability of this tent.
The Tangkula Ground Hunting Blind Portable Deer Pop Up is constructed from waterproof 150D Oxford and PU Coated materials. This blind has a shooting space of 58″ and height of 65″. This gives you enough room to have up to 3 hunters sharing your blind or added supplies to make your hunting experience more comfortable. The falling-leaf style camouflage pattern is perfectly suited for the autumn season. This camo allows you to stay stealthy and blend into your surrounds without being noticed.
The lightweight design of this blind makes it ultra-portable; you can take it with you on any hunting trip without being weighed down. This unit features superb materials and the fiberglass frame is stronger than the majority of competitors frames. It is very easy to set up this blind and can be quickly folded open in less than 10 minutes. There are 6 full view windows to give you added awareness of your hunting zone and the windows feature shoot through mesh. This allows you to use your bow without opening the window, giving you a better shot without alerting other potential targets.
Archery Mesh Windows
3 Person Design
6 Full View Windows
58″ Shooting Space
Autumn Camo Design
Outstanding FeaturesThis is nice sized hunting blind and if you are considering having a friend along on your trip, this may be a smart option to consider. You will appreciate the added size and the lightweight frame makes this a blind an excellent bargain.
The Big Cat 350 Hub Blind gives you added room so you can take standing shots at your prey. This unit has a height of 80″ making it the ideal deer blind for any hunters over 6′ tall. The number one complaint deer blind owners have is height You want to be able to take a standing shot if you feel the need to. The larger size of this blind makes it perfect for hunting with your friends; you will all appreciate the added elbowroom. The footprint of this blind is 70″ x 70″ so you have plenty of room for supplies and extra gear. Bring a cooler with refreshments and you and your friends can enjoy a stress-free hunt.
A lightweight design adds to the overall portability of this unit. This blind only weighs 19 pounds and can be easily carried to your hunting ground without discomfort. The Big Cat Hunting Blind is very easy to set up and you can’t beat the reliability you get from this unit. You can choose between to camouflage patterns 3D Illusions or Outdoor Foliage. Both of these patterns can give you excellent cover in the wild and the durable framework can withstand heavy winds and harsh weather. The zipperless windows are another advantage this blind has over its competitors.
70″ x 70″ Shooting Space
Color Can Fade Over Time
Outstanding FeaturesThis is a quality blind that is guaranteed to give you the perfect spot to hunt your prey from. You can fit a couple hunting buddies in this blind comfortably without getting crowded. Big Cat hit a homerun with their innovative design and this tent is sure to take your hunting to the next level.
Thanks again to Jess for writing this up and passing it along.
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