Sunday, March 9, 2014

Make A Good Underground Blind For Deer

Deer hunting requires concealment and cover. One option when seeking to make yourself as inconspicuous as possible is a deer blind that takes advantage of the natural terrain. A deer blind that is primarily underground could be the perfect solution for your hunting needs. While an underground deer blind might require extensive preparation and early season scouting, the comfort and advantages afforded by this type of deer stand will allow you to stay in the field, and have a real advantage when the game is on the move.


Preparing the Location

1. Select a location that sees regular deer traffic. Good predictors for heavy game traffic are abundant food sources, such as acorns and other food sources. Also, deer like to move along ridge lines; placing your stand within easy view of this terrain feature will increase the likelihood of a successful hunt.

2. Dig down about 3 feet into the area chosen for your underground deer stand. This depth will allow you enough room to sit down comfortably and still be close enough to easily observe movement along the surface. Digging much further than this will mean you have to stand up to have a chance to sight in on moving game.

3. Sculpt a sitting area as part of your dugout. You can easily shape the hole so that you have a bench to sit on; your physical comfort will allow you to stay in position for long periods of time, increasing your chances of spotting game.

Improve Your Position

4. Protect your stand by adding a roof covering. A ply board panel adequately concealed will provide you with a way to sit through inclement hunting conditions. Stake the corners of the stand with enough room to allow you to easily see out.

5. Drape camo netting over the ply board covering so that the wood does not call unnecessary attention to itself.

6. Cut slits in the netting so that you can place your rifle or shotgun through the opening in order to have a clear view and shot at the deer.

Maintain the Area

7. Clear overhanging branches and possible undergrowth obstructions. This may require you have a partner sit in the underground deer stand and look out while you cut away possible obstacles. Because the area is fixed, you must make sure that you have viable shots or you might otherwise find yourself in a difficult shooting position.

8. Dig a sump area around the corners of the dugout in order to prevent rainwater from collecting. Standing water can erode the integrity of your deer blind and contribute to unhealthy conditions.

9. Refurbish the stand with natural materials from the woods, such as branches and leaves, in order to preserve as natural an appearance as possible.

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