Ground Blind Bowhunting

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Hunting from a ground blind has many advantages and modern blinds are becoming more popular with deer hunters.  Being able to set up wherever you want and not relying on the perfect tree can allow you to get closer to the deer you are pursuing.  Blinds also let you get away with more movement without getting busted.  Many of us know the feeling of drawing your bow and that movement is just enough to get spotted.  With so many different types of blinds on the market, they may not all be the right one for you and your hunting methods.  One feature of all blinds is windows.  Depending on the blind, these windows can have a different shape, size, and method of opening.  Some blinds are more conducive to rifle hunting while others are better for bowhunting.  When bowhunting from a blind, it is important to practice drawing your bow inside the blind before ever taking a shot.  Remember that your arrow sits lower than your sight, so make sure the window gives enough clearance, so your arrow won’t hit the blind.

Practicing from the Blind

When inside the blind, decide where you will be sitting to give you the easiest shot with the least amount of movement.  Practice drawing your bow and once drawn, look at how much clearance you have around your bow.  You want enough clearance, so your bow does not touch the blind at all while drawing and aiming.  It is also a good idea to practice drawing and aiming out of every window and even moving from window to window while at full draw.  Crazy things often happen in the field and you want to make sure you have the full range of motion when a mature buck is within range.  If you are filming and have a camera on a tripod, make sure you practice with the camera setup just as if you were hunting.

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