August 02, 2012
Bowhunting Tips: When to Use a Ground Blind - 0
by Doug Howlett
Most bowhunters like the tactical advantage a treestand offers, but in many situations a ground-level blind is the only way to go.
The Cutover Edge
▶ How to Hunt It: Set up where a young cut butts up against a stand of older pines. This creates a perfect edge through which deer will travel all season long. If the cover is only a couple of feet tall, deer will move from the taller tract into the new growth to feed during the early season; if taller, deer will bed in and travel through the young clear-cut all season. The tail of a steep ridge, logging trail, or firebreak along the edge of the cut, a pasture, or a food plot will only make it better and provide more open shooting, even as the cover grows up each year.
The Surrounded Food Plot
▶ How to Hunt It: Plots that are an acre or less in size are best, as the blind can be set up to one side or the other and allow shots all the way across. Cut a path to the blind that will allow you to access it quietly without blowing your scent into the plot.
▶ How to Hunt It: Fence lines often form a de facto funnel that enters or exits woodlots at corners or edges. Put a hole in the fence that offers easier egress for wandering deer, and you’ve created a must-hunt spot. Set the blind within bow range of the hole in the fence or a dip in the terrain that will naturally funnel deer past you. This will almost always be an afternoon stand.
▶ How to Hunt It: Older, neglected orchards or small, non-commercial ones are best because they tend to concentrate deer in smaller areas with greater predictability. Glass in the evenings and run trail cams in various directions in the orchard to best determine access trails and individual trees that seem most attractive to deer. Both bucks and does show preferences for specific fruit varieties.
Illustration by John Philips