-By Brandon Wikman
Carelessly plopping a tent blind into a mature whitetail’s domain is risky business when you don’t take the neccessary precautious. You must have a strategic plan of action that revolves around a flawless approach. Whether you’re hanging high in the treetops or tucked into the brush at ground level with a tent blind, hunting mature whitetail deer requires an original methodology.
Every savvy buck hunter can easily attest that mature deer are apt to spook from tent blinds. Their camouflage wrap doesn’t hide its boxy figure and obtrusive configuration. If a tent blind isn’t placed in a spot for weeks before season, deer will avoid it like a plague. Hunting blinds form a noticeable force field for the first few weeks of placement. Deer would rather keep a safe distance from the foreign object.
One way to mask a blind is to brush it into its surroundings to prevent deer from spooking. Many new and improved blinds offer both top and bottom loops that weave a 360-degree concealment system around the tent. Every time I place a blind into the forest, I’m very keen on making sure it has background and frontal cover. I use my hand saw to zip into the bark of branches, bushes, or stalks to decorate my shooting house. It breaks up the outline and decreases the shagged edges that deer seem to key into. Buying an inexpensive ground blind requires much more work than just unzipping the carrying bag and planting it into the woods. If you are willing to pay a little more for quality and value, some blinds don’t require any brushing in at all!
My favorite benefit for using blinds is that I can place them anywhere in the field and deer won’t hesitate to give it a second glance if it’s covertly hidden. They are extremely versatile and can be easily moved according to where you anticipate deer to travel coinciding with wind direction. Most are fairly waterproof and prevent you leaving the woods early from an all out rainstorm. The vast majority of blinds are also lined with black interior to prevent game from seeing you. Blinds are a necessity in my neck of the woods.
Hunters who understand the value of slipping into the confinements of a quality blind that blends into the surrounding landscape find them extremely useful. There ease-of-use and user-friendly adaptability is what increase the odds of success in the field and forest chasing whitetail deer.