For those hunters who prefer to hunt on the ground floor, whether by choice or necessity, having the best ground blind for hunting is a must. There are many different manufacturers out there, with as many different price points to match. But the bottom line is you need a hunting blind that will conceal you and protect you from the elements. In most cases, any decent ground blind will do. However, sometimes you hunt in areas which dictate a certain camo pattern or perhaps your in an area, where mother nature is definitely not a hunters friend.
When selecting a ground blind for your next hunting trip, start by dong some research online. Once you have narrowed your choices, visit your local hunting pro shop or retail outlet. This will give you a chance to put your hands on the blind. Take the time to get in the display, look through the window openings, get a feel for all of the features each ground blind has to offer. Picture the hunting blind in the setting of the area you intend to hunt.
Ask yourself the following questions: Does the camo pattern fit the surroundings you intend to hunt? Is there enough room for you and your hunting party? Are you going to film your hunt? Is there enough room for the camera and cameraman? Is there enough window space to allow for a good view of the animal with the camera? What weapon will you be using? Is this hunting blind versatile enough to be used during multiple hunting seasons? How difficult is the ground blind to set up and take down? How easy is it to transport?
Once you have taken the time to answer these questions, you may find that you will need a top rated hunting blind. To help you make the best decision possible, I have reviewed what I believe are the top three hunting ground blinds available today.
1. Ameristep Crossbones/Crossbow Ground Blind- This Ameristep was designed with the crossbow hunter in mind. It has a bench style system which allows for multiple rest alternatives to help the hunter steady his/her shot. Though crossbows were intended as the primary weapon used in this ground blind, the Ameristep offers functionality for bow and rifle hunters alike. This blind uses Ameristep’s “Spider Hub” technology which aids with stability and ease of set up. The Durashell Plus fabric provides superior weatherproofing while helping to reduce a hunter’s noise from inside the blind.
2. Primos Double Bull Crusher- This is my personal favorite. The Crusher’s 3-ply welded fabric provides outstanding weather resistance while reducing shine and shadowing and almost eliminating a hunter’s profile. This hunting blind has a “Frame Pack” which can convert into a ground chair or shelf.
3. Shooter’s Ridge Sasquatch Blind- The Sasquatch comes in two sizes; a large or medium. Both offer a roof opening, numerous brush ties and removable window sections providing for a complete “black out.” Other features in the Sasquatch include a dog door, arrow friendly pass-through windows and drink holders. This amazing ground blind is available in Realtree HD or Realtree Max 1.
No matter your final selection of a hunting blind, the most important point is that the blind fits your needs when hunting. Choosing the best hunting ground blind will add to your overall experience when you head out into the fields or woods on your next hunt.