Wood Versus Plastic…The Hunting Box Blind Debate…Which is Best???

There is a major debate spreading hot like a wildfire throughout the hunting industry: Which type of box blind is more suitable for deer hunters around the country – wood box blinds or those made of vacuum-formed plastic? There are, of course, two logical sides to every argument, but the aim of this blog is to truly examine the strengths and weaknesses of each side to determine, once and for all, who will be the ultimate victor in this battle of hunting blind efficiency!

Below you will find two listed categories of hunting blind efficiency, as well as how each type of box blind stacks up against the other in order to properly compare and formulate an educated consensus. Please don’t judge the losing party too harshly when you see how this all pans out!

 

Firearm Freedom and General Mobility

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When it comes to choosing a hunting blind, there was a time when many sportsmen would boast that all they really cared about was one basic question: Can one shelter oneself but also shoot out of it? If the answer was yes, the hunting blind was sold. Nowadays, the industry has become far more complicated, as many hunters have diversified in their preferences, and the technology has gradually improved enough to diversify the supply, causing the entire industry to offer more options based on how hunters choose to shoot their prey. One guy might prefer to elevate his deer stand as much as possible to take advantage of his terrain, while another guy might prefer to stay low to the ground, keep his targets close. For this reason, hunting blinds all seem to be judged critically on how the hunter can adapt his or her firearm to the surrounding land for the sake of the ultimate kill, as well as how easily the hunting blind can be relocated. No one wants to try to hunt out of a blind that provides only one narrow vantage point, for example. The box blinds with the most options in this regard seem to always come out on top. Now let’s examine the difference between most standard wood box blinds and vacuum-formed plastic box blinds in reference to firearm freedom and general mobility…

  • WOOD BOX BLIND: Most top-notch wood box blinds come equipped with multiple windows that are covered with plexi-glass, which can adjust accordingly on rails. Wood box blinds can be elevated to almost any height, either propped on a tree or held upward by towers. They are often heavy weight and difficult to disassemble.
  • PLASTIC BOX BLIND: Most top-notch plastic box blinds have multiple vantage points with plexi-glass windows that are adjustable. While these blinds can be held upward by towers and propped on a tree, they are also far more lightweight and easier to relocate.
  • CONSENSUS: While wood box blinds tend to offer just as many benefits as plastic box blinds in the way of firearm freedom, they can sometimes fall short if you need to make any last minute adjustments in your overall vantage point because they are often too heavy and more difficult to move. 

Capacity for Concealment

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Many of the strongest supporters of wood box blinds will often argue that these units are simply more of a match for Mother Nature, being as how they are made of wood and wood is pretty much everything that surrounds them on a forest hunting ground. Supporters of plastic box blinds will simply shrug their shoulders and show that adjustments can be made to fix how their units blend in to their natural surroundings. One thing is for certain…It is imperative for every hunting professional to have the advantage of concealment when dealing with nervous creatures like deer. Which type of box blind offers better opportunity for concealment in general?

  • WOOD BOX BLIND: Most high-end wood box blinds are easily painted in camouflage that suits almost any environment. Quality is extremely important when it comes to hiding each and every movement you make inside, as wood units can often have narrow points of exposure around windows and doors, especially if the units are homemade or if they have aged. This means that pricing may become a factor in ensuring true concealment, as your best bet is a blind designed with solid plywood panels, which can become expensive depending on the size of the entire unit. If you don’t pay a high price upfront, you may pay it later in maintenance as your wood deer stand battles the elements from rain and wind.
  • PLASTIC BOX BLIND: Most high-end plastic box blinds are not only easily painted in camouflage to suit almost any environment, but they are also easily screen-printed in camouflage, offering better protection against erosion and other forms of wear and tear. Since these units are typically made of vacuum-formed plastic panels that can easily be assembled by design to hide all possible exposures, there is less of a chance that hunters inside can be seen from the outside. Quality can also be a factor in this equation (worse quality designs can, of course, still have exposure flaws), but plastic box blinds are cheaper in general, so you likely wouldn’t break bank buying the high-end model instead of the item on clearance. These units also tend to require far less maintenance in the long-run, making them far more durable against weathering.
  • CONSENSUS: While wood box blinds can, in fact, blend in well to most surrounding environments, you will likely pay for this privilege, and, even then, you might pay for it again when the weather has its way with your unit. Plastic box blinds, on the other hand, are also easily camouflaged on the outside, but they are far less expensive to ensure quality concealment. They are also far more likely to outlast wood blinds against adverse weather conditions over extended periods of time and more durable in general.

     

GENERAL CONSENSUS:

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So…There’s certainly nothing wrong with opting for a perfectly good wooden box blind when choosing your next prey. However, the debate about wood being a better alternative to vacuum-formed plastic box blinds (such as those designed by Hughes Products Co) is one that is simply a question of personal preference…NOT a question of actual hunting efficiency. In fact, based on reasoning above, plastic box blinds are typically a more efficient alternative in the long run. They are easier to customize to a hunter’s own specific desires, more durable, easier to disassemble and relocate, and, best of all, they typically come with a cheaper price tag!

 

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5 Best Ways to Customize Your Hunting Blind

No different than your average man cave, every hunting blind must come equipped with some extra goodies that will make each endeavor that much more enjoyable. It stands to reason that if you’re going to buy a full-fledged box blind for deer hunting, you might as well customize it to your advantage before putting that new beast to the test! Here are five ideas that will help you customize your hunting blind into the inconspicuous Bambi trap it’s meant to be!

Ascension Is Always Best…

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It goes without saying that any effective hunting blind should have just enough height to serve as the ideal vantage point. However, you should always be careful about how you choose to obtain that height. For example, you don’t want to purchase any ‘ole box blind with the assumption that you could simply attach it to any relatively strong tree in the woods – it’s not really that simple (and for enclosed hunting blinds, the whole tree thing really doesn’t work so well). First, you need to decide how much height you’ll need and how much weight your support structure can handle. Then, it’s a simple matter of choosing the style of your towers.

You can always purchase towers to go with your box blind (making sure the weight support is on par with your blind), then customize them to your desired style. If you want a permanent structure, for example, stake your towers into the ground for better support – then perhaps you can camouflage those towers, along with your blind, to match the natural surroundings. On the other hand, if you wish to have a more mobile structure on the off-chance you may want to choose a different vantage point later, you can always add wheels to the base of your towers and tow the entire structure to the new location with ease. No matter how you plan to use the hunting blind, the height you choose and how you obtain that height will likely determine your success in each and every hunt! Think all these factors out before you decide to just wing it! For ideas on where/how to purchase towers that you can always customize later, refer to a credible supplier like Hughes Products.

Camouflage Please!

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Another factor you’ll want to at least consider before finalizing your deer stand setup is that notorious camouflage! While this effect is not always absolutely necessary, no hunter will deny that it can certainly fool these jittery creatures into walking just a little closer – enough so to either make or break your ultimate shot. With this in mind, don’t just choose the camo style that best suits your personality – instead, find a style that best suits the environment with which you choose to hunt. Get a good grasp on the natural colors that surround your intended vantage point, then plan to implement these hues into your camouflage scheme. If you live in the desert, for example, use Operation Desert Storm military designs as your inspiration.

However, once you’ve found the ideal color scheme for your camouflage design, don’t plan to paint the camouflage on your own. Instead, go with a vendor that has the ability to print the camouflage design for you. Not only will this make setup much easier, as your box blind will already be fully camouflaged the moment it is shipped, but it will also ensure better results, making it far less likely that you’ll have to repaint too soon due to weathering. If you take this approach, every facet of your hunt will be so concealed that even the oldest, wisest buck in the herd will likely overlook your presence!

Tint Those Windows!

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Speaking of concealment, there is another step you can take to make your targets even less aware of your presence: tint those windows! Some hunters may choose to take a minimalist approach in this situation and either build or purchase a hunting blind with as few windows as possible for the sake of concealing themselves from their targets. The one big disadvantage to this logic is obvious: you will lose the advantage of visibility, rendering your stand less useful than its counterparts. For this reason, the more windows, the better. Since concealment is always also a legitimate concern, find some middle ground by installing tinted windows in your window fixtures.

You can purchase tinted glass at all sorts of venues, but, if you find the right hunting blind supplier, you can simply request the addition of these windows. This will provide better accessibility to your vantage points, giving you the opportunity to open and close the windows as needed without making too much noise (because of the smooth mechanics of professionally-made box blinds and their window fixtures)…But when they are indeed closed, you will have no need for concern, because the deer you seek will have almost no chance of seeing what sort of surprise waits within that box blind!

Carpet Makes Sense In More Ways Than One

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There is another component of every deer hunting blind that is critical for keeping deer oblivious to your presence, one that hunters often don’t take into consideration: carpet flooring. You might be thinking, “Why in the world would I care about decorating when it comes to my portable hunting lodge?” Rather than considering carpeting for decorative purposes, you should instead consider the sporting aspect. What if, for example, you’ve got a large buck in your scope, but the creature has wandered out of your vantage point, forcing you to stand up and adjust your rifle to a different angle? Without a functional carpet in this situation, the motion of standing might just make enough noise to scare off your prize.

In addition, if you install a smooth layer of carpet over the entire floor of your box blind, you’ll gain a level of comfort that will make it much easier to sit and/or stand in the same spot for hours on end. And let’s face it, this level of comfort will keep your head in the game, increasing your odds of a successful score on each hunt.

Accessibility Matters

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When setting your deer hunting stand up for success with extra accessories, you also want to take accessibility into serious consideration. For this reason, consider purchasing a full door blind, as well as a blind with enough dimension to fit the amount of people you hunt with, as this will make it much easier for you and your hunting party to move in and out of your hunting space. You want to add components that will make your box blind a more permanent fixture to your hunting needs. Having a full door can accomplish this by maintaining that accessibility, even as you age. Otherwise, you might find yourself having more and more physical problems every time you enter your hunting blind. After all, no one wants to have to crawl or perform acrobatics just to enjoy a favorite weekend hobby!

Another aspect of accessibility to consider is your weapons…Since a weapon is the most precious tool in a hunter’s arsenal, it only makes sense to customize your hunting blind to not only suit your needs, but also the needs of all your tools. With this in mind, make sure your hunting blind has plenty of lumber because this will present the opportunity to install your own add-ons. With lumber installed on the ceiling of your blind, you can easily use that lumber to support a hook or a rack – which, in turn, can support a bow or gun. With a setup like this, you can easily hang your best weapons in such a way so that, when you notice a potential target, all you have to do is grab and point!

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With ideas like this in mind, there’s no reason why you can’t make the best out of your hunting blind. If you use creativity to your advantage, customizing your blind in these ways will likely give you a professional edge over every other hunter on the block. Then, it’s only a matter of time before your pals start offering to rent your box blind every other weekend!