Homemade Deer Hunting Blinds

by Barry Maddox
Homemade deer hunting blind with a metal roof.

Homemade deer hunting blind with a metal roof.

Building your own deer hunting blind and having a successful hunt from it can be very satisfying and rewarding. Homemade deer blinds allow you to ambush deer unnoticed and are easier on the pocketbook than buying one.

An Effective But Cheaper Alternative

A blind can be a very effective method for hunting deer. There are many different types of deer hunting blinds on the market today that may serve well, but a homemade deer hunting blind, or box blind as it is known, can be much cheaper and just as effective when done correctly.

What to Acknowledge When Choosing a Location

Carefully plan the location of the blind, keeping in mind deer travel routes and the prominent wind direction. Pay attention to the sun's direction during the time of day you primarily plan to hunt the deer blind. Building a blind and hunting it only to have the sun in your face can be deflating. The earlier you build the blind before hunting deer, the better. Deer need time to get used to changes to their environment. Build the hunting blind one or two months before you plan to hunt in it.

Blind Construction Materials

Use treated lumber to deter bugs from eating the wood. Construct one to four walls using 2-by-4 studs and plywood sheeting. The number of walls will be determined by the setting of the blind. If you have one or more natural walls like a rock pile or brush, then you only need to build the remaining number of walls to total four. The idea is to conceal any movement you will be making.

Cutting Windows and Painting

Cut window holes in the walls wherever needed to be able to see deer and to get a clean shot. Use whatever you will be sitting on such as a tripod chair or bucket to determine the height of each window. Paint the walls before transporting them to the desired location. The paint will help conceal the deer blind and help protect the wood against Mother Nature. Use flat paint to eliminate any glare or shine. Choose colors that are natural to the environment for the outside of the walls. Paint the inside of the walls a flat black. If an entry point is not available from one of the natural walls, cut one of the holes big enough to easily get in and out. Put the door hole on one of the sides that deer are less likely to be coming from. A roof is not necessary but may be desired to darken the inside of the blind and to protect you from the elements. Construct the roof in the same manner as you did one of the walls.

Setting and Hiding the Blind

Clear the spot where the deer hunting blind will sit. Cut away any unwanted brush or twigs using garden clippers. Use a coarse-toothed saw or chainsaw to remove bigger branches. Sweep away leaves and debris to reveal bare ground. Construct the deer blind using nails or screws. Use twine to tie natural cover to the blind in between all the windows. Use whatever is available and natural to that area like saw grass, corn stalks, brush and so on. Hang camouflage see-through netting on the inside of the door and windows to conceal you even more. The possibilities are endless on the inside of the deer blind. One of the best parts of your new blind should be comfort and convenience. Cup holders, shelves, benches and outdoor carpet are just some of the things you can add later on.

About the Author

Barry Maddox is a versatile writer that is passionate about different topics from the outdoors to home improvement. He is well-known and knowledgeable in the exterior cleaning industry. His articles are published on a variety of sites and boards online. He continues to stay active and up to date in the fields he loves sharing it through his writings.