Hunting deer from a tower blind gives you a decided advantage over hunting from the ground. Being elevated, it is likely that a deer will not notice your movements and you have a much better vantage point for seeing them. Most states allow hunting with a bow or a gun from an elevated blind. They are easy enough to build that hunters should utilize them.
Construct the platform by laying two, 8-foot long 2-by-4s on their thin sides, parallel to each other. Use a miter saw to cut six, 45-inch long 2-by-4 pieces to lay at 16-inch centers, perpendicular to the 8-foot pieces. Use 3 1/2-inch wood screws to screw the pieces together to form a 4-by-8-foot frame. Screw a 3/4-inch, 4-by-8 piece of plywood over the top of the frame to complete the platform.
Place the platform on the ground where you intend to erect the deer stand tower. Using a can of spray paint, mark the corners of the platform on the ground and remove the platform.
Use a shovel or a hole auger to make a hole at each of the corners. The holes should be just inside the marks you made, and at least 2 feet deep. The holes need to be uniform depth, so the tops of the support poles are at reasonably equal heights. Insert the support poles into the holes and back-fill with dirt.
Place your platform on top of the poles and use wood screws or lag bolts to secure the corners of the platform to the poles. You may need a helper to position the platform.
Screw 2-by-4s, at an angle, from one support pole to the next, all the way around the tower. This makes the structure sturdy. The greater the angle of the cross bracing, the more secure the structure.
Screw two 2-by-4s or poles to the side of the platform, reaching to the ground, to serve as the rails of a ladder. Mount cut pieces of 2-by-4 horizontally across the ladder sides to serve as rungs for accessing the platform. For added safety, you can also screw the ladder to the corresponding cross brace.
Items you will need
- 2-by-4-inch lumber
- Support poles
- 3/4-inch plywood
- 3 1/2-inch wood screws
- Miter saw
- Shovel or auger
- With a solid, sturdy platform, it is easy to make walls and a roof to complete an enclosed, elevated deer blind.
- Always follow recommended safety practices when working with power tools and at heights.
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