There was a time when getting decked out in your warmest camouflage gear and sitting under a tree in a spot that you thought was promising was the norm for deer hunting. These days, particularly among hunters on private land, deer shooting houses (or blinds) are much more popular. A shooting house will help to conceal you and to keep you protected from the elements. Using a deer shooting house allows you to stay in the field longer and improves your chances of a successful hunt.
Build the lower frame of the shooting house by cutting 2x4s to suit. For ease of assembly and space, build the frame 8 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Use two 8-foot-long 2x4s for the front and back of the frame, and cut two 2x4s to 45 inches for the sides, using miter saw. Screw the side pieces in place, using wood screws, between the ends of the front and back frame pieces to create a 4x8 rectangle.
Cut four 2x4s to 4-foot lengths, with the miter saw, to use as uprights for the walls. Screw pieces in place, one at each corner of the bottom frame, so they are standing straight up. These pieces should be to the inside of the frame. Cut additional 2x4s--one or two for each corner, with 45-degree angles on each end. Screw these to the upright and to the bottom frame for support. The length of these supports are arbitrary, but the longer they are, the better, as you can use them to help secure the walls in a later step.
Build a frame to match the lower frame and mount it to the top of the uprights. This will serve as the roof support.
Sheet the wall with 1/2-inch plywood. You will find that the front and rear walls will accommodate a 4x8 piece of plywood. The side walls can be made by cutting a 4x8 sheet of plywood in half, width-wise, with table saw. Screw the plywood to the uprights and the supports.
Cut out window and door openings to suit your needs with jig saw. It is best to figure out the window locations to a height that will accommodate whatever seating you are going to use.
Cover the top of the blind with a 4x8 sheet of plywood to keep out rain and snow. Forty-five-inch pieces of 2x4s can be run across the span of the upper frame so that you can mount the roof to them with screws. Because you have put the uprights within the frame, covering the top with a 4x8 sheet of plywood will allow for a slight overhang to help keep water away from the walls.
Items you will need
- 12 - 2x4 pieces of lumber
- 4 - 4x8 sheets of 1/2-inch plywood
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- Jig saw
- Screw gun
- 100 - 3-inch wood screws
- Additional pieces of plywood can be cut slightly larger than the door and window openings and mounted on the inside with hinges to "close" the house when not in use. A simple hook and eye lock can secure them.
- Caulking seams, covering the roof with shingles and covering the exterior walls with a finish exterior will help preserve the house.
- Read and adhere to the manufacturer's safety instructions when operating power tools.
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