It is hard for me to believe that I have been hunting ducks and geese for almost 40 years. The two most important things I have learned are that location matters and you can never work too much on your hide. Just as location is important in our business here at Mossy Oak Properties of Virginia, location is important for a successful waterfowl hunt. Your best bet to kill ducks and geese is to be where they want to be and have a blind that blends in amazingly well with your surroundings.
Being in the right location in waterfowl hunting means not only being on the right farm or marsh – It means being exactly where the birds are using. You must be mobile. Recently, the hunting industry has responded with several light and mobile A frame blinds and panel blinds. Most of these are great products and readily available from your favorite retailer.
The one challenge is that you most likely will be spending $400 to $500. Basically, the price of a new shotgun!!
Here is a do it yourself strategy that will save you money and works well. Purchase (2) 8ft cattle panels (this is a heavy wire fence panel), 5ft metal fence post and 100ft of rope from your local Feed and Seed supplier, hardware store or the like. For an 8-foot blind – with front and rear panel, 4 post and the rope your cost will be in the neighborhood of $60 – Savings of about 85%. If you want to make this a 16-foot blind just double your supplies.
The blind instructions are simple and will be self-evident as you start to work on it. The rope should be cut to 10ft section and woven in and out of the panel horizontally. Tie rope on each end of the panel. The rope’s purpose is to form your grass and brush straps. Tie it lose so that you can stuff grass bundles between the rope and the panel. Once it is fully grassed you can snug up the rope to your liking (zip ties are also helpful to bundle and attach extra grass). Run one rope towards the top of the panel and one down towards the bottom. NOTE, you want grass to extend above the panel so that when you angle the front and rear panel towards each other it forms the top to your blind. It is very important to have this overhead cover – this is where many people fail and get busted by a smart group of mallards. This grass should be replaced as it gets worn down from hunting. See photo for reference on the angle of the panels and the look of the grass extending to close the top.
Low profile seats or buckets are all that you need for your hunters. Align the panels at about a 45-degree angle towards each other creating proper space for hunters. Secure the panels with posts on each end – 2 post are needed per panel. The blind should have as low of a profile as possible and adjust the panel angles as needed. Once you have your blind set, grab more grass and material from the immediate area and make sure your hide is tight!!! Work to make sure your blind panel has a 3D look and not a flat look. Walk out if your decoys 30 yards and look back to see how it looks. Add more material as needed.
The beautiful thing with this setup is that if the birds move on you or if you want to take this blind to another farm it is easy to move and set up.
Location, Location, Location. At Mossy Oak Properties of Virginia, we understand the importance of this phrase in real estate and it also applies to waterfowl hunting. Be mobile and have a good hide.
Good luck this season, always check your safety and take a kid hunting!
By Charlie Britt