Gone Outdoors

How to Make a Deer Blind & Ground Blinds

by Michael Kozlowski

Deer blinds are used for still hunting, which is waiting in one place where you think a deer is likely to show up. Blinds help conceal you visually, can muffle noise and protect you from the elements. While there are many portable and elaborate blinds that can be purchased, building a blind is a reasonably simple and satisfying project. A well-built blind can last for many years with only minimal maintenance.

1. Construct the floor frame by laying two, 8-foot long 2x4s on their thin side, parallel to each other to serve as the front and rear of the floor frame. Cut six 2x4s to 45 inches long. Use wood screws to attach the shorter pieces between the front and rear lengths. Two of the shorter pieces will serve as the sides of the floor frame and the remaining pieces should be placed on 16-inch centers for support and strengthening of the frame. Screw a 4x8-foot sheet of 1/2-inch plywood over the frame to complete the floor assembly.

2. Cut four 2x4's to lengths of 5-feet to serve as the front wall uprights and screw them to the front side of the blind, using wood screws to attach them to the 8-foot piece that serves as the front of the floor. Space the center two uprights to accommodate window openings. Another 8-foot long 2x4 across the top of the uprights will complete the front wall frame. It may be necessary to temporarily attach a piece of 2x4, at an angle, to one upright and the floor so that the wall frame remains steady through assembly.

3. Cut four pieces of 2x4, 6-feet long for the rear wall uprights. Assemble in the same fashion as the front wall, spacing the pieces to accommodate window and door openings.

4. Cut four 2x4's to about 4-feet long, with opposing 45-degree angles on the ends. Secure one of these pieces to the outer upright of the front wall, angled down to the floor toward the back wall and secured with screws. This will serve as a brace to hold the front wall upright. Repeat this step with the other three pieces at each corner upright. The braces for the back wall will angle toward the front wall.

5. Use a tape measure to measure the distance from the top corner of the front wall to the top corner of the rear wall. Cut two pieces of 2x4 accordingly, one for each side, and secure it between the wall frames with the wood screws. Cut two or three more pieces of the same length to place equally along the top rails for supporting the roof.

6. Cut sheets of 1/2-inch plywood to fully sheath the outside of the deer blind. You can use a jig saw to cut out the window and door openings or measure and pre-cut the opening before applying the plywood sheathing.

7. Use two pieces of 1/2-inch plywood, 8-feet long and 30 inches wide to cover the roof. The difference in the front and rear wall heights will create a sloped roof to shed rain and snow. The width of the plywood will allow for a 6-inch overhang on the front and rear of the blind.

Items you will need
  • 18 2-inch-by-4-inch boards, 8 feet long
  • 8 sheets 4-foot-by-8-foot plywood, 1/2-inch thick
  • 100 3-inch wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Jig saw
  • Tape measure

Tips

  • Using screws instead of nails for assembly will allow you to easily take the blind apart for transport or repair.
  • Adding batt insulation and an interior plywood covering on the walls will help further abate noise and make the blind more comfortable.
  • Caulk all corners, joints and seams to reduce the possibility of bugs and mice in the blind.
  • Apply a layer of siding to the outside of the blind and shingles to the roof will help the blind resist weather damage.

Warning

  • Always practice safety when using power tools. Read the manufacturer's safety instructions and wear eye protection.

About the Author

Michael Kozlowski began writing in 2006 and has published fiction in Eternal Press, "The Monsters Next Door" and "Scarlett Literary Magazine." He also has a novel-length travel memoir distributed through ecapeartist.com. He spent many years in the manufacturing and construction trades, traveling extensively. Kozlowski attended Wayne State University for graphic design and fine art.

Photo Credits

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