Have you been snooping in your whitetail honey holes yet this year? I have. In addition to looking for bruiser bucks one of the elements I’m always on the lookout for is an unconventional blind. What’s that? It’s any structure or terrain, likely manmade, that you can hide in to ambush for bucks.
If you’re not sold, just take a peek back at the blog I wrote on Al Kraus’ giant whitetail. He shot the buck while hiding behind a pile of forgotten 55-gallon drums and even tried to bushwhack the buck earlier as it filed along a graveyard of junked farm implements.
I get a lot of ribbing for the time I shot a pronghorn out of a broken down horse trailer on my show Extreme Pursuits. On another hunt a buddy and I leaned into the big fenders of a rusting 1940s Oldsmobile to topple a pair of amorous gobblers. Oddball blinds and hides have always perked my interest. Here’s why…
First, old buildings, junked machinery, unused cellars and abandoned automobiles quickly become a permanent parts of the landscape. Even haying equipment left in a field for a few days soon becomes commonplace to local wildlife as they pass by it unthreatened. Make sure the structure or machinery is deemed safe before your climb into it.
Second, these items not only double as a blind, but many offer a higher vantage point to spot game before it gets to you. More than once I’ve climbed on top of dilapidated combines and tractors to gain elevation and wait for whitetails visiting agricultural fields.
In fact, I practically live in haystacks during firearm whitetail season. They give you a 360-degree view of a feeding field, plus provide a windbreak if you slide off the top and snuggle against a bale to stay warm. Some of my better bucks were sniped using unconventional perches.
In closing, be on the lookout for any unnatural feature that could be a good place to take a whitetail this coming season. My cameras are watching several as I write.