How To Build A Free-Standing Deer Hunting Blind in The Best Location
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
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.
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.
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.
A View From The Top
A View To Kill For
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.
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