Hunters, Build a Ground Blind & Bag a Buck
All done with Pro Tool’s Utility Lopping Shears and Hand Saw.
Pottstown, Pennsylvania –-(Ammoland.com)- Hunters took millions of deer from ground blinds before the invention of the modern-day tree stand. Ground-blind hunting always has produced bucks and often big bucks.
But if you read popular outdoor literature, you may think you only can bag a buck from a shooting house over a green field or by hunting from a tree stand.
However, I’ve learned that ground-blind hunting works even more effectively today than in the past, especially in areas with high hunter pressure. In many regions, after the first 2 weeks of deer season, you’ll notice that bucks will stand and look-up into the trees before they walk through the woods.
They’ve become so accustomed to seeing hunters in trees that they constantly look toward the sky for danger. Deer don’t always walk where you can put a tree stand, but you can hunt from a ground blind, regardless of where you want to try to take a deer. A ground blind also works well in thickets without trees big enough to support tree stands.
When hunting a thicket, plan to hunt at a time when you know you won’t encounter any other hunters. Belly-crawl into the thicket about 10 yards before you start cutting a trail using your Pro Tool Utility Lopping Shears and Pro Tool Utility Hand Saw to keep any other hunter from spotting where you’ve entered the thicket. Then cut a trail all the way across the thicket, while also looking for any sign of big deer. But rather than getting distracted by the buck sign, continue your crawl. When you almost reach the center of the thicket, pay close attention to the brush in that area. When you’ve made it just past the middle of the thicket, look for a clear spot where you can see well for 20 to 30 yards. As you walk the edge of the clearing, then search for deer trails.
If you see deer trails coming from almost every direction and trails crisscrossing this small opening in the middle of the thicket, which appears to act like a hub for the deer trails, you’ll be able to take a nice-sized buck from this spot, if you can reach it without spooking deer.
Take a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to pinpoint the direction from which the prevailing wind blows in that region. Then walk around the thicket in the opposite direction of the prevailing wind to find a small opening where you can pile-up brush and cut-down bushes to make a blind. After building your blind, use your hand-held GPS, and cut a small trail in the opposite direction of the blowing wind from your blind. You only want to make a trail that you either can follow by crawling or walking stoop-shouldered.
When you reach within 10 yards of the edge of the thicket, discontinue your trail, tie flagging tape at the base of a brush, and cover the flagging tape with leaves, so no one can find it. Once you reach the edge of the thicket, find a small bush and tie one piece of flagging tape at the base of this small bush and put a big rock over the flagging tape.
The following week, use your hand-held GPS receiver to return to the thicket, and check the wind. If you have a favorable wind, crawl into the thicket, and get into your ground blind, where you’ll remain totally concealed. When you spot a nice-sized buck, you’ll be able to take a shot and bag the buck from your ground blind without the buck’s ever seeing you.
When you bag your trophy buck, conceal your hidden trail by spreading fresh leaves over the places where you drug your buck to camp or to your pick-up truck. This way, no one ever will know you’ve hunted inside a thicket or be able to find your ground blind.
To learn more about how to build a blind and bag a buck, go to www.protoolindustries.net .