How to Build a Brush Blind

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Do You Use This Tactic?

Building brush blinds is an art. (Craig Watson photo)

One of the most effective ways to conceal your presence from game is to use the very essence of camouflage. It hides you from the prying eyes of the animals you seek to harvest. That’s why I like to incorporate a little brush into my setup when hunting from the ground. Here are a few short, simple steps to do just that.

  1. The key is to use foliage that matches where you’ll be building your brush blind.
  2. Utilize existing cover and build on it.
  3. Drive stakes to act as the anchors for the rest of the blind. You can even use cattle panels to run along the inside of the blind to make it sturdier.
  4. Cut leafy branches and other foliage to brush in with. Coniferous trees, such as cedar, work best.
  5. Remember to provide both front and back cover.
  6. Intertwine branches vertically and horizontally to help lock them in place.
  7. Use paracord or some type of rope to help secure the structural integrity of the blind.
  8. Don’t forget to use hay bales, hay rolls, downed logs, large rocks, existing brush piles and anything else that can be used to make a good blind.
  9. Leave a gap for you to see and shoot through.
  10. Use clippers to cut the necessary shooting windows.
  11. Wear a camo pattern that matches the foliage used to create the brush blind.
  12. Supplement your brush blind by using a Realtree camo cloth around the inside of it.

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