Hay Bale Blind

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  1. usmc0317

    usmc0317 Weekend Warrior

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    If anyone is looking for an idea on how they can hunt a location that never offered a tree stand opportunity or the right wind, maybe you can get a few ideas from this project. I'm building a few bale blinds and the next ones I am going to alter in a few different ways after learning from the first go around. I didnt re Basically I am going to be using these on the East side of late season food where I have a small trail cut through my screen right to the blind so I can enter and exit the blind with the field full of deer on any West wind and use these spots consistently rather than trying to climb out of a tree and clearing the field. It might not be necessary but I am going to set a few round bales along side of the blind and some other spots around the edges where it will help cover my movement entering and exiting.
     

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    I added little peep windows on the side I plan to have the blind face, and can film from without opening the entire window. The next blind I am going to only have windows on the shooting side of the blind so it will be more efficient on scent control and really keep it as dark as possible in the blind. I also would have one small window in the middle but lower for filming to keep the camera arm out of the way when it comes to making a shot.
     

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    JasonOhio2018 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    That looks awesome. I think the new improvements will definitely make a difference.
     
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    Looks good! I have plans to make one or two this summer as well.
     
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    What are you using for your cover material? I thought I would use landscaping rolls, basically straw wove into webbing, but the straw is so fine it falls out and blows away.
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    usmc0317 Weekend Warrior

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    I used the same thing, there are a lot of companies that make basically the same stuff. One issue is that the netting is biodegradable, so the wind will probably have the blind pretty bare after the first year and the webbing will fall apart eventually making it worse. I sprayed the outside of the blind with adhesive, put a few layers of the EMat down, ran a few strands of rope to keep it in place, then ran chicken wire around it to try and preserve the matting as long as possible. If I notice a spot getting a little bare I can just grab a little grass off a round bale and stuff it under my chicken wire.
     
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    Cool, just curious on your total cost to produce the bale blind?
     
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    Maybe around $150 or a little more. The next blinds I build will be cheaper because I am going to tweak a few things.
     
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    I am looking at building one and really like your design. Just wondering since you have already used it, what are the things that you are looking to tweak with it?

    Thank you!
     
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    Well this will be the first year hunting out of them so I might have to make some more adjustments after the season. I am about to build another one next week and really the only changes I am going to make on this one because of its location is having only windows on one side, and no window on the door. I want it to be as dark and scent locked as possible. I am going to use actual cattle panels instead of the thinner gauge wire. I am going to make one very small window in the center between windows that I can leave open with the others shut while hunting for observing and filming. I am going to mount a 4x4 to the floor to attach my camera arm to so it is more out of the way and easier to film out any window. I will probably use less erosion control netting and just have small tie on lengths of parachute cord hanging off the blind to attach hay from the bales I have. This way I can always add more where I see fit throughout the year. Other than that I think they will work really well. I just dropped off the first blind which will sit on the edge of my Egyptian wheat screen. I should be able to get right in and out of the blind with the way I have these screens laid out.
     
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    Here in Iowa several guys use a wagon to build their blind on. The old style barge box, usually 5 X 9 with a flat floor and 30" sides for starters to build from. Deer see wagons all the time and think nothing of them being around any place in the fields. Hay bale blinds are starting to show up here also but have never looked at them up close. Good luck with you venture.
     
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    Looks awesome man. I’m currently working on one and I’ve been debating on how to adhesion or stick the hay to the black wrap that I’ll be installing. Hopefully I’ll have it done in a week or so!!
     

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