For all you that don’t know, most of us around here love to hunt!
Mainly deer, but duck and turkey are right up there too.
We’re always coming up with better spots, plans, and strategies.
So, I was looking up some deer blinds and stuff online when I came across a
hay bale blind and was like, “Whoa! That would be perfect!”
Then I saw the price *gulp!* Well, I can fix that! I can make this myself!
After a little research, and looking at what others had done to improvise, I printed a few pictures of what I was thinking and took them across the fence to show my Granddad. By the way, if you have never met my Granddad, he is the expert at figuring out how to make anything yourself! I left it with him for a week while we went on our trip up North so he could think on it, see if it was realistic, and possibly come up with some of his brilliant ideas and plans.
Finally, after some planning and gathering materials, we started building it.
We used one whole cattle panel for the main circle.
Used big staples and stapled it to the wood frame. Which is roughly 53”x 60”.
Next, we added the ends we had cut to match the round part. They are layered in the same way, panel, tarp…etc. Then we tied them to the sides to sturdy it up and hold it all together. You can see the door wire in the rectangular hole…it doesn’t have tarp and hay on it yet.
One of Granddad’s great ideas was to hinge the door a certain way
so it would swing shut by itself and stay.
That way we avoided having to latch it shut (so it wouldn’t blow in the wind)
every time we went in it to hunt.
All the tarps we had on hand were blue, so I spray painted some of the inside black. Should have broke down and bought a black tarp, but spray paint did the job.
It was kind of heavy, but light enough I could drag it with the help of t-posts for skids. Two people could pick it up with a pair of hooks or some looped wire.
We moved it to where we wanted it, and made some window covers
for the back and partly up the sides, to block out some of the light
and to camouflage us against the back.
Can you imagine someone’s head in there?…
We never had a deer spook, so it worked great. : )
It was one of the best hunting seasons for me.
The number one reason being, I saw more deer than usual!
A lot of them were 200-300 yds. away but there were a lot close too!
Number 2, I was able to hunt a lot more this year because I hunted bow season for the first time, and because some nice siblings unselfishly came and sat with me.
I don’t have pictures of the inside where we have a swivel chair, a platform to put the chair on (so I can sit, or get off and stand), a seat for another person,
shelves to put stuff on, blankets, cushions…
ya, compared to a hard tree stand or a stool, it sure feels like home. : )
Over the course of a month, we worked maybe 10 days all together.
And they weren’t full days.
It would have cost over $700 to buy one new…with all the stuff we had on
hand we spent maybe just over $10, plus our time!
…seeing as I have more time than money I want to spend, it was well worth it.
All in all it was a fun project, even better because I got to do it with my Granddad.
If it hadn’t been for Granddad, I don’t know if
I would have actually done it or not.
He supplied quite a bit of the materials and all the instructions…
who needs an instruction book when you have an
Psalms 128:2 “For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands:
happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”