If you know for a fact how many people are going to be in your hunting blind, then you’re already on the right track. Going over the capacity limit for your hunting blind is never a good idea, and can lead to some uncomfortable hours while hunting. Try buying a single unit and then a backup unit for multiple hunters so that you’ll always be covered.
I’ve mentioned weatherproofing a lot during this guide, and it makes sense. The biggest element you are going to encounter on your hunt is, well, the elements. A lot of hunting is done from the fall to the spring, and that’s when the most extreme weather conditions tend to occur. From rain- and snowstorms, to gale force winds and biting snow, hunting blinds need to be able to hold up to the worst.
Not all blondes need to be resistant to everything. Most are only protected against one or two forces. This will depend on where you want to hunt.
How the blind gets its weatherproofing is usually determined by the type of material that makes up the shell. Polyurethane is the go-to choice when it comes to waterproofing a blind. The shell itself will be made of nylon or polyester, which are water resistant to begin with, and then a coating of polyurethane is applied to the outer surface, effectively sealing it.
Another reason that nylon or polyester are used for the shell brings us to our next element: wind. The fabrics are also naturally wind resistant. In terms of how wind resistant each fabric is, both have their strengths. Nylon has much more resistance, bordering on being virtually windproof, and a bonus to this is the more wind resistant a material is, then the more inhibiting it is. While it sounds like nylon is the hands down winner, consider this: Polyester, while offering less resistance, is actually much more breathable, and won’t promote sweating. Nylon will cause sweating, and will actually trap that moisture in, which will in turn bring the temperatures down to uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous levels.
This is very self explanatory. It’s up to you how many hunters you’ll need your blind to hold, and every maker will have a wealth of options in all sizes. The trick when choosing the right blind comes down to what else it can hold.
Being able to hold four people is one thing, but how comfortable can it do that? Can you hold these people and all your gear? Can you bow hunt from within the blind? The ideal hunting blind will be large enough to yourself and a couple buddies with gear. It will be tall enough to allow you to stand to shoot, which is huge, because it increases your shot options, and maximizes your kill zone. Lastly, the perfect hunting blind is spacious enough (usually achieved by different shape configurations) to let you draw back a bow for the ultimate in silent hunting.
With so many options, it all comes down to the needs of the hunting party.
All hunting blinds are going to incorporate a form of camouflage into their design, that’s just fact. It’s how they allow you to get the drop on your trophy of choice. They are not all going to be equally effective, however, especially in different situations and environments.
There are camo patterns made for virtually every imaginable scenario. From night hunting in deep woods, to early morning deer hunting in a hidden clearing, the chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to find a blind to suit your needs. The problem then becomes finding one single hunting blind with just the right pattern to be used effectively in multiple hunts. That’s why more companies are working toward a more generalized design so that if you can’t blend into your surroundings every time, at least you won’t stand apart from them.
Regardless of which option you chose, the general consensus is that camo is camo. At the end of the day, the best camo is going to be what you make yourself. This means during setup, try to incorporate your surrounds onto your blind. Cover the opening with long grass, for example. The more you conceal your intentions, the better the hunt will be.