Box blinds won't replace treestands or pop-up ground blinds for bowhunting utility any time soon, but they have advantages in certain situations. They're the most comfortable thing going for an all-day sit, and they provide excellent concealment and some scent-containment advantages. But shooting a bow from them can be difficult, as Whitetail Properties' Joe Gizdic learns in the video above, and as I learned last year when I buried a broadhead into the window frame of my blind. So here are some things to remember:
- Go big. Most box blinds are built for gun hunting, and for that, not much space is required. But bowhunters need room to draw. Be sure you can hit the full-draw stance from anywhere in the blind, with clearance to spare. If you can't, it will eventually cost you a deer. Count on it.
- Get vertical windows. Tall windows are better than wide windows. It's possible to get a perfectly clear sight picture through a window, but have your arrow in-line with the sill. Again, the photo of the arrow is example A. That's my arrow in my box blind, fired from my bow. The impact split the arrow up the side and sent the nock flying. It was rather dramatic. The Rage broadhead remains buried in the blind to this day.
- Use the windows for scent control. I often keep the downwind windows closed while I'm hunting, and it works wonders.
- Add carpet to the box blind floor to keep boot noise to a minimum. Also consider lining the walls with black felt to darken the interior.
- Practice shooting from a "squatting" position. Some shots from a box blind will be neither standing nor sitting, but squatting. This is obviously a terrible shooting stance, but it's frequently necessary from a box blind. Practice it often on the range, and you'll be money ahead.