There are different types of blinds for different situations, such as deer blinds and duck blinds. Some are exceedingly simple and easy to construct, while others are quite complex.
How To Build A Duck Blind
are many different types of boat blinds. Some can even come with
amenities such as TVs and heaters; however, whichever you choose, simple
or luxurious, the ducks really don't care. The important thing is that
you are camouflaged from what you are hunting and that it is easy to
assemble and takes little time. Building a boat blind takes just a
little imagination, a few tools and some inexpensive (or even free)
- Purchase some fiberglass tent poles;you can buy them for about $10.
- Attach portable blind material to the poles with clothes pins or large clips.
- Set up the poles and blind material around the boat with tent stakes and twine or lightweight rope.
Quick Snap Set Up
Artificial Tree Branches
- Purchase black 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) irrigation pipe.
- Cut several sections from the pipe 8 to 10 inches (20.3 to 25.4 cm) long.
- Cut each section down its length.
- Fit the sections over your blind material.
- Attach the materials by "snapping" the pipe sections onto the sides of your boat.
Portable Fencing Blind
- Find an old artificial pine or fir tree or large plant.
- Remove the branches.
- Spray paint the branches with a desired color.
- Attach the branches to your blind material.
Outrigger Blind for a Canoe
- Staple snow fencing or other light plastic fencing to 4 to 5 wooden rods.
- Leave room at the bottom of the rods for pounding them into the ground.
- Weave several types of wild grass through the fence holes.
- Add some local plants when you are at your hunting area.
- Roll up the fencing when ready to leave after you are done hunting.
- Store the fencing in your boat or truck.
Don't Forget Your Outboard Motor
- Buy 8-inch-diameter (20.3 cm) PVC pipe.
- Cut 2 sections, each 5 feet (1.52 m) long (one for each side of your canoe).
- Glue PVC caps onto the ends of the pipes to create waterproof pipes ("pontoons").
- Find the waterline of the canoe and where the pipes will be located in relation to it.
- Attach a 90-degree piece of elbow PVC pipe from the outrigger arms where the pontoons will be located with clamps.
- Wrap the clamps around the pontoons.
- Spray the rig with flat camouflage paint to resemble the background plants or water color.
- Drill holes through some large copper piping that will line up with your oar holes.
- Attach the pontoon rig to the canoe with washers, nuts and bolts.
- Place camouflage netting over the entire setup, including part of your canoe.
- Find an old T-shirt.
- Spray paint the T-shirt or dye it with camouflage colors.
- Sew the neck-hole closed.
- Slide the T-shirt over your outboard motor to conceal it.
- If making pontoons, be sure that they are installed at the correct water level to avoid riding too high or to low.
- Keep in mind that portable blinds are usually light weight and
easy to transport; however, blinds that are fixed can be more
convenient and have more amenities. They can be built from heavier
material such as plywood.
- Always match your boat and blind to the water type, such as
swampy marsh, by using local vegetation, such as cattails, and various
colors of paint.
- Remember to leave as little a "footprint" as possible; do not
destroy trees or large plants to supply your blind with local
- Check your blind from far away and from several angles to find out whether it is too obtrusive and not natural looking.
- Always take precautions when cutting and working with metal
piping. Be sure to wear safety glasses, close-toes shoes and gloves.
Things You'll Need
- Portable tent poles
- PVC pipe
- Irrigation pipe (1/2 inch [1.3 cm])
- Pipe cutter or saw
- Blind material
- Clothes pins or large clips
- Twine or lightweight rope
- Artificial pine or fir tree or large plant
- Spray paint
- Snow fencing or light plastic fence
- 4 to 5 wooden rods
- Local plants and grasses
- 10 feet (3.05 m)of 8-inch (20.3 cm) PVC pipe
- PVC caps
- Pipe glue
- 2 PVC elbow pipes
- Large pipe clamps
- Large copper piping or material that is similar
- Washers, nuts and bolts
- Camouflage netting
- Old T-shirt
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
- Dye (optional)
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