I would like to explain the design of this blind. Out of all the North American big game the white tail deer is the most challenging species to hunt. I was fortunate to harvest all of the North American big game several times, and almost all of the African species including the big five. I have been a guide for over 40 years. Guiding and hunting for my own pleasure, I spend 4 months of a year in the wilderness.
I started to hunt the whitetail deer at the age of fourteen and have hunted them for sixty years. When I retired I concentrated on hunting the whitetail deer exclusively. I keep a log on the amount of days, and the number of deer that I see each day. On a normal year I will hunt the whitetail over 100 days, in five states. On a average year, I will pass on 75 to 100 buck a year, and usually only harvest one trophy buck in a season. In my lifetime I spent nearly two years in a tree stand. As I got older I didn’t feel comfortable being 20 feet in the air on a small platform. I knew if I was going to continue hunting the whitetail deer, I had to make a change in my method of hunting.
If I had to hunt from the ground, I knew it was to my advantage to hunt in a blind, if I was going to hunt like this. It was hard to adapt to this method of hunting. I was used to hunting out of a tree stand, after a couple hours in the ground blind looking through holes, I had to get out before I got claustrophobia. Over the next several years, I designed several blinds, making changes to my advantage. Then I designed a blind, elevated 14 ft. in the air on a tower.
Several years later I learned it wasn’t necessary to be 14 ft. in the air. I lowered most of my towers to 8-10 ft. This gave me a large advantage of seeing further in the early season when the leaves are still on the trees. I was still building my blinds with lots of small windows. My experience was I was missing a lot of deer movement due to the blind spots between the window areas. Then I designed a blind with 4’ window openings on all four sides. This gave me an advantage of seeing the movement of the deer. It also gave me an advantage swinging my weapon when a deer is moving at a fast pace. Later I went from clear glass to tinted glass. I discovered that tinted glass was a disadvantage, in the first ½ hour in the morning and the last ½ hour at night is your prime time. With the tinted glass, I had difficulty seeing the pins on my bow, and seeing through my scope on my rifle.
Then I in put in a skylight in the roof to let in as much light into the blind as possible, you can close the skylight during the daytime hours to keep the blind dark. During the early season these blinds get very warm, I made a window that was removable for an air flow. I don’t like a window in my blind except for late December and January when I put a heater in my blind. Also, tinted glass is harder to see through during the daylight hours, than it is with no windows at all. With the open window area, I installed venetian blinds that you can regulate to your satisfaction. You can raise and lower them to your advantage, depending what weapon you are using, rifle, compound bow or cross bow. All the windows are large enough to shoot a bow out of, with a couple turns on your curtain rod, you can shut the blind and it will be dark.
When wearing black clothes it is nearly impossible for the deer to pick up your movement. All the blinds have an office chair, where you can turn 360 degrees. You can lower and raise the seat, if you are hunting with a small child. If you are hunting over a food plot I have wheels and a hitch that you can purchase and pull your blind with an ATV or by hand, to another location on the food plot depending where the deer are feeding.
I wrote an autobiography of my life, if you are interested in reading it on line or purchasing, it is titled “The Ultimate Choice”, by Ken Gingrich.