My version of the ultimate Tower Blind.


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Rembrandt
October 31, 2013, 07:11 PM
For years I've been somewhat jealous of those Texas tower blinds, look like a lot of fun to hunt from. Decided to try a build one that would serve as a hunting blind and kids playhouse.

Floor plan is 8'X12' with 8' high roof. Located some 30' power line poles which are augured below ground. Tower features a 5' extended deck and metal railings/steps. To keep interior noise to a minimum 3/4" thick rubber livestock mats cover the floor. Interior has a hammock, gun rack, bow hooks, and fold down table. Four walls were prefabricated in the garage, painted, then winched up to the platform with an ATV.

Will post additional pics later....



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splattergun
October 31, 2013, 07:51 PM
Nice!

what... no satellite dish?

rodensouth
October 31, 2013, 09:19 PM
Very nicely done. I like the tree camo painted on the walls. Good sturdy guard rails and steps. Do you have any pics of the views from the windows that you can share?

Rembrandt
October 31, 2013, 10:18 PM
No need for satellite dish.....thanks to smart phones.

It's turning into a mid day gathering spot for coffee. A few more pics of the inside.

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Here's a couple views looking out from the windows...

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benatilstate
October 31, 2013, 10:46 PM
Its like a man cave, hunt club/cabin, and blind all put together. I like it. But have to agree.... satellite for watching football would be nice for those all-day hunts :-). On that note a fridge wouldnt hurt, either.

flipajig
November 1, 2013, 12:00 AM
Condo deer stand. Nice
Flip

Arkansas Paul
November 1, 2013, 12:03 AM
That is awesome. A Little Buddy heater in there and you're set.

Patocazador
November 1, 2013, 10:56 AM
Any reason why the porch is just cantilevered and doesn't have direct support? It looks like the place where most of the weight will be while shooting, having coffee,etc.

I like it a lot but the expense would stop me.

Arkansas Paul
November 1, 2013, 11:05 AM
I like it a lot but the expense would stop me.

It would stop me too, but I'm not skilled enough to build it myself. I would have to hire it done, which would make it too expensive. I bet if you do all the work yourself, it wouldn't be as bad as you think.

Muskyman
November 1, 2013, 02:13 PM
It looks great. I've always wanted to build one similar. Happy hunting!

wyohome
November 1, 2013, 03:59 PM
Very cool. I would suggest toe boards for when it gets covered with wet leaves and becomes slick. Maybe some short awnings to reduce the window glare. I would like to have one just as a retirement treehouse.

Rembrandt
November 1, 2013, 04:58 PM
Pato....the deck was an after thought. Original intent was to have each pole function as a corner of the cabin. As we got into it the light bulb came on for a deck. Stairs were free :from a demolition construction site. Total cost is a little over 2k.

blarby
November 1, 2013, 06:31 PM
Thats pretty slick.

My only improvement suggestion would be "dulling out" the windows in your firing lanes. You could use that window wrap material pretty well here, I think.

I've seen deer hop from a scope reflection- the way those windows shimmer, im sure it'd be quite a flash moving one about !

Very jealous !

Fremmer
November 1, 2013, 07:27 PM
Great job, what's the roof material?

cowtownup
November 1, 2013, 07:49 PM
That thing is awesome... Looks very solid... What do you think the longest shot you would have is from up there?

Rembrandt
November 1, 2013, 10:37 PM
Roof is rubber.....had enough left from another project.

Longest shot will probably be around 200-300 yards.

rodensouth
November 3, 2013, 12:13 PM
Thanks for the other pics, sure is a beautiful view up there, and you guys know how to have a good time.

JJHACK
November 3, 2013, 09:20 PM
Wow that is amazing! I have built several but none that nice.

I finally just broke down and bought a "redneck blind" and then built my own stand and deck for it. It's near perfect......... until I saw yours! I really thought the Redneck Blinds were the ultimate blind....... Hmmm gotta rethink that now!

MCgunner
November 3, 2013, 09:45 PM
Man, that's pretty danged awesome right there! :D My box blind seems a might cramped. LOL I suppose I could set the feeder up in the back yard and hunt off the porch, but the dog barks at the wildlife.

gonefishin1
November 3, 2013, 09:53 PM
Wow your way more talented than me I would love to have one of those, but I couldn't build that.

kbbailey
November 3, 2013, 10:31 PM
Rembrandt.
thanks.for.posting all the.pics. your elevated blind is awesome. My boys and i have been planning something similar. We have utility poles windows and an oilfield staircase. We had envisioned something just about like yours.

If you were to start over...would you change anything??
how is the height??

Rembrandt
November 4, 2013, 08:09 AM
Kbbailey....son and I hunted in it last night, 40-to-50 mph winds. Remarkably peaceful inside. We both speculated on what we would have done different....couldn't come up with one thing. Size is perfect for two or more people, deck allows shots all around when weather is nice. Like to have put in a spiral staircase but what we have was free. Picked up an old roll around office chair and a Little Buddy heater, works great.

Hope to post more pictures in the next day or so.

Rembrandt
November 4, 2013, 04:54 PM
A few more pics....

This was taken yesterday, deer running under the tower and at the base of the stairs, apparently doesn't bother them in the least.

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brainwake
November 4, 2013, 05:22 PM
It sure looks comfy...Part of what I like about deer hunting is being all camo and sneaky. But man...if I could hunt from this...

Anyways...very nice stand...I am sure you will enjoy it for many years..

kbbailey
November 4, 2013, 07:27 PM
very nice. very well thought out design.
4'x8' I,m guessing??

congrats for carrying out your plan. It looks like you and your buds are having a blast! enjoy.

JeffDilla
November 4, 2013, 07:36 PM
Whoa, are we just going to ignore that buck?! Nice deer! That rack sure would look nice mounted in your tower ;)

Rembrandt
November 5, 2013, 06:02 AM
Passed on the buck....in our area there are bigger, we'll let him grow another year or two.

kbbailey.....size is 8'X12'.

concepthomes1
November 5, 2013, 10:49 AM
Impressive blind. You guys look like you genuinely enjoy your time in the woods and each other's company. That's what it's all about.

788Ham
November 6, 2013, 11:17 PM
I think I'd have me a softer sitting chair, them afternoons can get kinda long sometimes…… dropping off for a short snooze, know what I mean Vern? lol It'd have to be one of those chairs that have a higher back on it, so's it didn't throw you off out in the middle of the floor if you'd happen to get to really snoozing'. Wish I had one like it, nice job !

Lloyd Smale
November 12, 2013, 08:18 AM
very nice and it even comes with nice buck!

Outlaw Man
November 12, 2013, 01:41 PM
Outstanding!!

I'll be there this Friday. :D

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