When a deer hunter has the right supplies and plenty of ammunition, nothing will stand in the way of that prize-winning kill! However, it’s not uncommon for hunters to hesitate a little when it comes to setting up for that kill. Perhaps you’ve just bought the perfect box blind, and you’ve got everything else you could possibly need for a successful hunt, but now you’re bogged down by the same question that can sometimes haunt even the most seasoned hunters – Where should I assemble my box blind?
Positioning your box blind is a critical part of the hunting process, as this will determine the end game and give you the ultimate shot at that beautiful buck! Here are four places to consider setting up your deer stand if your options put you at a loss.
Classic Tree Line Setup
If there’s one potential position that is a classic textbook setup for any deer hunter, it’s definitely the old tree line routine. If all else fails, it almost always makes sense: there’s usually plenty of open space ahead, enough woods and natural clutter behind you to mask your vantage point, as well as no possible interference to your shot, aside from perhaps a little wind. If you go this route, take full advantage of the brush along the tree line, use any timber you see to assist in camouflaging your towers and/or box blind without hindering your shot. It would also be helpful here to deck out your blind beforehand with a customized camouflage exterior.
There’s one approach to fully utilize when your box blind is perfectly camouflaged: embedding your deer stand deep in the woods. Some hunters prefer this as the more direct approach. While it is true that immersing yourself in the trees can indeed pay off, you want to pay extra attention to your vantage point before taking all the extra time to assemble your entire stand. Look at what is above and imagine what it will be like to take the shot from fifteen or twenty feet high, make sure there will be no limbs or even little branches that could impede your ability to tag that prize-winning buck!
With a clear shot from above and your camouflage doing its job, there is one more primary factor to consider before calling your woodland setup finished: Keep your vantage points open. While even a simple two-sided window blind could still do wonders with the tree line setup, with the embedded woodlands approach, you’ll want to make sure you invest in a four-way box blind, or, better yet, something even more creative – such as the Hughes Products Intimidator Blind. This blind has a polygonal perimeter that allows you to take full advantage of the windows, which provide almost a 360-degree vantage point, thanks to the entire unit’s unique shape. Hunting with elevated box blinds like these will ensure that you can shoot a deer from almost any angle when you’re positioned within a dense wooded area.
Yes…Take the High Ground!
There is certainly more than one way to take full advantage of an elevated box blind with custom-built towers, and it’s never a bad idea to amplify your elevation even further. You can do this by studying the lay of the land, whether you’re in a patch of woods or out in the open, and determine where the high ground is. If you can set your deer stand up on the highest ground available, you’ll definitely improve visibility and reduce obstacles when taking the shot. If you take this approach, exaggerate your height as much as possible and choose the highest towers available that can still support your box blind’s weight. Since stability of the towers can be more questionable on a slope or even at the peak of a hill, stake those towers down and make your deer stand a more permanent fixture to the land. After all, when is it ever a bad idea to establish permanence when your elevation reigns supreme?
The Pathway Approach
Once you’ve exhausted all options with terrain and tree density, you should next focus on setting up your deer hunting stand in accordance with a pathway you’ll suspect these timid creatures to gather upon. Because you know your targets are timid, you also know that there is power in numbers. If you happen to miss the first shot, you’ll have a better chance to recover your hunt and make off with something notable if your targets are in abundance and out in the open. That said, try to think like a deer for a change before making the final decision on where to position and assemble your box blind. Consider placing your blind adjacent to an actual pathway or trail if you’re in a heavily wooded area. Also pay close attention to certain factors such as feeding grounds or bodies of water. If you know the pathway you’re considering leads to a clean body of water or a cornfield, for example, you can almost be certain that any deer in the area will trot along this trail, and most likely in numbers, to enjoy the fresh water or sweet taste of corn. That means you have likely just pinpointed the best possible place for maximizing your hunt, especially if your spot along such a trail also has the advantage of high ground and no nearby trees to obscure your view.
Simply put, if you always keep your land and surroundings in the back of your mind, you can almost never go wrong! Assemble your ideal deer hunting stand with a setup that would make even the most professional huntsmen proud…but envious!