How To Build A Free-Standing Deer Hunting Blind in The Best Location

Updated on October 9, 2016
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Having a comfortable place to hunt during the peak of the buck rutting season is more important than you may imagine. Sure, a good ladder stand or ground blind may give satisfactory results on occasion, but having a lofty perch to survey more area, and roof and sides to conceal the deer hunter and cut down on his scent, can only increase his/her odds of success.

A hunting tree stand may serve the purpose well, but only if it is in the correct location and is shaped well for constructing a platform among the natural limbs already in place. There are thousands of such deer hunting stands in use today and many will last for years to come, but what if you cannot find such a tree for your deer blind?

Only God Can Make A Tree—In the Right Location

My friend Russ had just such an ancient tree stand which certainly enabled him to bag dozens of bucks--many of them impressive--over the last few decades. But alas, time has caught up with the old oak, and after a slight scare Russ decided his old stand wasn't safe to use another season.

We considered another tree close by, but the view was not satisfactory to Russ as it wasn't high enough, so we decided to build a free-standing deer blind in the perfect spot.

Perhaps you are wondering how to build a deer stand or blind in the perfect spot without using a tree for support. Here’s what we came up with.

Choosing the Correct Location

Merely building a tall deer stand is not enough to guarantee success. The placement of the platform must take in consideration prevailing winds and line of sight during the morning and evening hours.

Many trophy bucks have been missed because of a shooter trying to see into a glaring sun either in the morning or at dusk. Take advantage of the tree line to help you block some of this glare if at all possible.

And take advantage of any high ground as well. A few feet of height will give you many more yards of line of sight.

Plan Your Tree Stand

Fortunately for Russ his brother-in-law works for a sign company and gladly donated the material for our planned deer stand project.

In figuring out how to build a free standing deer blind we decided on using two pressure treated sign poles we found in the material pile as supports for the blind.

This would get us up around 15 feet above ground and as we were on a slight rise it gave us plenty of viewing range.

After digging the holes and setting the poles 5 feet apart and 3 feet deep into the ground, we packed them with concrete mix and allowed them to set firmly before attempting to begin construction on the hunting blind.

How long to wait for the concrete to set depends on the weather and conditions in your particular area. Be sure to wait long enough to avoid cracking the concrete anchoring around the poles.

After the concrete was firmly set, we added cross members to the poles in preparation for adding the floor joists. We used 2X6” pressure treated lumber for the two cross members on each pole and for the braces which give the hunting blind floor stability and safety.

Getting the two cross-member braces on each pole level with each other is very important, so pay particular attention to this detail.

Constructing the Free-Standing Deer Stand

Using pressure treated 2x6 boards, Russ adds the floor joists to the cross members.
Using pressure treated 2x6 boards, Russ adds the floor joists to the cross members. | Source

Since we had an ample number of the 2X6 pieces available Russ decide to use them as floor joists. On top of this he placed weather resistant plywood formerly used on signs as the floor material.

Plywood is added for the tree stand floor and in preparation for the walls.
Plywood is added for the tree stand floor and in preparation for the walls. | Source

Once the floor was in place it was simply a matter of framing in the sides and roof as in any wooden construction project.

We built the hunting blind 5’ square and it has plenty of room for hunting alone or with a companion if so desired. Although we used the same plywood for the roof we plan to later install a different material as the plywood will only last a few seasons at best.

Adding the wall and roof supports to the tree stand.
Adding the wall and roof supports to the tree stand. | Source
Plywood walls added as well as roof supports.
Plywood walls added as well as roof supports. | Source

Finishing the Project

Finally, we painted the entire deer blind with a camouflage pattern using brown, green, and black spray paint in a random pattern. After a bit of painting take a long distance view at your blind to determine if you need to alter the paint scheme. You may be surprised at your talent for this job.

I hope this article will help you design and build your own such deer hunting blind for years of enjoyment for you and those who may use it in your stead.

Be sure to use good material and strong lag bolts and nails to ensure safety and durability on any project such as this. Good luck and good hunting.

All through but the camouflage paint job.
All through but the camouflage paint job. | Source

A View From The Top

We left a two foot opening the entire way around the stand.  This shooter's opening will eventually be covered with movable plexiglass windows We settled for a 6' high roof to allow plenty of room to stand up to shoot if need be
We left a two foot opening the entire way around the stand. This shooter's opening will eventually be covered with movable plexiglass windows We settled for a 6' high roof to allow plenty of room to stand up to shoot if need be | Source
A sliding door completed the project.  As you can see, there is plenty of room for 2 hunters.
A sliding door completed the project. As you can see, there is plenty of room for 2 hunters. | Source

A View To Kill For

Finished and ready for the peak of the buck rut.  Notice Russ's old tree stand in the background.
Finished and ready for the peak of the buck rut. Notice Russ's old tree stand in the background. | Source

What Type Of Deer Hunting Blind Do You Prefer?

Of course, not all hunters prefer to hunt from a tree stand. Older hunters may wish to use a ground blind or a shorter ladder stand in lieu of building a more permanent structure.

There are even some very innovative chair blinds which allow a hunter to almost instantly disappear at any spot in the woods or open ground. With these blind chairs one may simply sit and adjust the chair at any point to become almost invisible to the surrounding wildlife.

What is your preferred method of still hunting the whitetail deer? Please take the poll and give your opinion on the best type of deer blinds to use.

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    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I understand where you're coming from, Glen. When I was younger and into archery hunting I liked to stalk my prey also. Now that I'm a senior citizen I hunt from an elevated stand or a ground blind. Thanks for the input!

    • Glen Kowalski profile image

      Glen Kowalski 

      4 years ago

      Great article! I'm an old-fashioned guy myself, I prefer to hunt on foot (I know I'm crazy) unless it is pigs. Then I like to hunt from a tree. I just feel it is more sporting to stalk your prey. However as I get older I'm sure I'll find a stand to be more and more appealing.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for structural suggestions, Rodney. I didn't show the final product where we added some braces on either side of the stand to strengthen and stabilize the structure in case of strong winds. This stand has already accounted for a few trophy bucks since being built. Thanks again for your input and good luck constructing your own stand.

      Randy

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      Rodney White 

      5 years ago

      The design of the tree stand is very creative. I saw the picture on google and wanted to come see it. I am thinking about building one myself. If it were me I either add a third leg to create a more stable platform or I add anchor cables. In engineering we always consider both the static and dynamic load of a structure. The static design looks awesome. I love the concept. But when I think about being caught in that structure during even a mild windstorm and two grown men moving around in the stand, I take pause. I just thought I would mention it. I would hate to see someone get hurt

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Ha! Everyone needs a tree house at some time in their lives, Cynthia. Some of us wait until our adult years to build one though. LOL! Thanks as always for your input and time. Hope you are doing well.

      SSSSS

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      CMHypno 

      6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Not a lot of call for these in deepest, urban Hertfordshire, but if there is ever one of those disasters that the religious folk around here like predicting then I'll keep your informative hub handy.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Nope Cardisa, that is my friend Russ atop the stand. Actually, I'm considering building a large tree house deep in the woods on our land for a place to hide or just for solitude's sake. Ha! Never built a "pig" blind but I'm sure it could be done. Thanks for the visit and comments, good to see you!

      SSSSS

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Is that you up there Randy? We don't have deer here in Jamaica but we do have wild pigs. Maybe I could have you make one of these in the woods for me.....lol....

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I always enjoy your hunting stories Dusty, and this one was no exception.

      I believe the limit here now is 12 or so deer, including bucks and does, but very few shoot their limit. Yes some use hay bales or even the large round rolls of hay for blinds on occasion and they seem to work well as you say.

      So far I haven't even been hunting yet as I've been traveling so much over the last few weeks. But Russ--the guy in the photos--has made up for it and I've already had a good meal of fresh back strap this week.

      Good advice about the safety strap while using a deer stand, even the best of us can be careless especially when the excitement starts. Great to hear from you and many thanks for you're always insightful comments and stories.

      SSSSS

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      50 Caliber 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Randy, Bro', me and my old bum leg are to frucking old to play monkey it the tree or stand, unless of course I can get the Nudge to donate his scissor jack to a wounded warrior. I said I wasn't hunting this fall but stuff changes, I'm going to my bro's in Tennessee where the bag limit is 3 antler-less per day every day season is open with a 2 or 3 antlered total, and the third has to be of different weapon season, like 2 bow and one rifle or or or combinations of smoke pole, bow, crossbow and rifle.

      Last time I was there I bought 3 round bails of hay 5 footer and put them in a triangle and wore my gilli headdress and smoked laughed farted and in general had a great time, lo and behold at 200 15 to 20 slick heads waltz into the field I was just getting ready to bust a cap in a big doe and a little one walk up and started sucking titty, and I held back couldn't shoot the mother of a titty baby which grew to three, she was a 190 pound plus momma and this was her third or better year to drop triplets. I set back to glassing another big one and out came Mr. Big rack wide and forward and he jumped on and started riding him some tang, BOOM said the Ruger Mark II 270 130 grain premium nickle case Ballistic tip, earning it's 32nd 1 shot kill, entry just above the rear top edge of the shoulder snapping the spine cutting off the nervous system and he just rolled off stuck his antlers in the dirt and farted so loud we busted up laughing, or maybe he groaned 'cuz he didn't get to finish his pie. Either way it was funny. By the BY I use a fixed power Ziess scope, cost 2 times the price of the rifle, but a sub MOA rifle deserves the best, it has put me dead on a 6x6 Elk at 600 yards according to my range finder in Pagosa, Colorado for a break neck shot same bullet choice. I did go on and bawl a bit and dropped to more doe and then the laughing over the fart thing was done. It was time for the part to give thanks to the great creator and get the knives out and go to work.

      I believe the steam that rises off new hay rolls masks the scent of my farts and other things that smell like road kill, I've had good luck with them as well as my pop up ground blind.

      I wasn't looking for a straight up trade on the smoke pole, just a good thin hickory pole that has a spiral of a vine grown into it to replace my Moses pole, it like me is ready to be hung on the wall, but I got more walking to do.

      Super hub, tell every body use a safety tie while climbing stands and trees, falling is fun but hitting the ground hurts like hell and landing on your rifle could end the hunt as well.

      Peace, hunt safe and responsibly,

      dust

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