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Need suggestions for a deer blind!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Dorin62, Jan 24, 2003.

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  1. Dorin62

    Dorin62 Member

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    I am planing to build a raised deer blind (at least 10ft off the ground) for next deer season. Does anyone have some idea's or plans they would like to share. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Guyon

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    You talking about just a platform or a "shooting shack" as we call them in these parts?

    No specific plans to share, but my two cents is to use lumber in dimensions that exceed what you need and to use treated wood (or treat it yourself). The result will last longer, be more impervious to bad weather, and will give you a greater feeling of security when you're a story off the ground. Be sure to brace your pillars or posts with good cross bracing.

    You can make them plain or fancy. Some folks I know install a propane heater in the shack, run a copper gas line to the outside, and use a standard propane tank for heat while they hunt. No cold toes for those folks--which would be a big plus in cold Michigan.
     
  3. Ron L

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    Dorin62, since you're in Michigan, I'd suggest checking in

    Michigan Sportsmen

    I've been a member for a few years and I remember a few (well at least one) threads on their forums about blinds like you're talking about.
     
  4. Dorin62

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    Thanks for the tips.:D
     
  5. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

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    A note to anybody considering building some sort of blind in a tree: If a support board is nailed across two limbs, wind will move the limbs around, and the nails begin to pull out. Nail one end of a board; let the other end "float" on top of a limb, held in place by wire.

    Art
     
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    Ditto what Art said, but even more importantly, depending on which state you live in, there are laws against nailing something into a tree. Make sure you know the regs for your area.
     
  7. Art Eatman

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    Kids couldn't build tree houses? Quelle bummer!!! How else they gonna learn how to build barns, houses and more importantly, deer blinds?

    Art
     
  8. Greybeard

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    No plans, but a details and a photo of a cushy one on Buy/Sell/Trade page at www.dentoncountysports.com. (Just recently moved it to use until it sells for ambushing coyotes and coons.)

    A minor screw-up when fabricating base is ladder got welded on wrong side. The type of pressed board used on walls requires lots of paint to keep from coming apart. Exterior or "form" plywood somewhat better, but much more pricey.
     
  9. Ol' Badger

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    POKE HIS EYES OUT WITH A SHARP STICK :D
     
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