Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hay Bale Blind and More Updates

I have been pretty well confined to the house the last few weeks - my work schedule has begun to tighten down and I just haven't been able to get out and scout much lately. But my shooting regimen has picked up and I have been working on a few projects around the house.

One advantage to remodeling your house is that you have plenty of building supplies laying around. If you are anything like me, you hate to see these things go to waste, so what better to do than build a hay bale blind, right? Thats what I thought, anyway.

I am not going to call this a an official "how-to" post because I am CONVINCED there are better, more efficient ways of building a DIY blind, but I just did this with the spare parts laying around my house. It is heavy, bulky, and large - but I am sure it will get the job done...

I wanted this to be big enough for two people to sit comfortably, so I really thought of this as a "double" hay bale blind. The dimensions are 6.5 ft long and 5.5 ft tall. The width is 3ft from board to board, but the shape of the blind gives the shooter plenty of room with a bow...

I went back and forth about the shooting windows. One thing I dislike about hunting from blinds is the potential for error with small shooting windows. So I decided to make them LARGE.

After adding the base layer of chicken wire, I added industrial grade trash bags to water proof the inside (and to add a degree of insulation for windy days).

In retrospect, I decided to add a window to the non-door side to give myself about 300 degrees of shooting range...

I am heading back to Illinois for one final pre-season trip this weekend. I am very anxious to check the trail cams one last time before the season begins (and before the baby comes) and I will add the hay to this blind once it gets in the field. Check back in for the final pics of the project, and if any of you have better ways of building one, chime in!

Until then, here are a few bucks we will be going after this year - and some of them are PUBLIC LAND BUCKS!

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