By Brandon Wikman
Many turkey hunters from around the country have found incredible success slaying gobblers from the concealment of a blind. With a strategic game plan and a little luck, you can effectively implement a pop-up blind to your turkey-hunting arsenal, too.
In today’s market, there are literally hundreds of makes, models and mock-ups of hunting blinds that come in all shapes and sizes.
One obvious way to brush your blind into the natural forage is dressing it up with your surrounding environment. This prevents wary birds from spotting a foreign blind in the field or wood line. Many new blinds offer both top and bottom loops that weave a 360-degree concealment system around the tent.
You may stuff corn stalks, grasses, cattails and almost any other vegetation that surrounds your ground blind position. Every time I place a blind into the forest, I’m very keen on making sure it has background and foreground cover. It breaks up the outline and decreases the shagged edges that deer and turkey seem to key in on.
My favorite benefit for using pop-up blinds with the right cover is that I can place them anywhere without hesitation. One blind in particular that I’m very fond of is the Summit Predator – it’s lightweight, sets up in seconds, side windows, and only weight 3.5 lbs.
They are extremely versatile and can be easily moved according to where you anticipate travel routes and roost areas. 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. Their ease of use and user-friendly adaptability is what increases the odds of success in the field and forest when chasing game animals.