Perched up on a spine of a hill looking down over a large ravine in SW Wisconsin. The day is November 10th and Jed and I slipped in to this setup in the dark. It is 6 degrees with a NW wind slicing through us at a 10-15 MPH clip.
I have hunted 15 days straight with encounters and chances that I couldn’t capitalize on. That morning did me in, we hung in as long as we could but tired and cold we succumbed to defeat and wallowed our way to warmth. I was loosing focus and determination…
That was it, I decided that day that I need to manage myself and the way I hunt better. You have to be in the woods those first two weeks but you don’t have to be uncomfortable, all day every day.
We decided that day that we need a place where on those bone chilling cold and windy days we could comfortably sit.
The fact is… you cannot kill a deer from your couch…
I have recently sat back and thought of why I have struggled the last two years at closing the deal and it has consistently been because of 1. Failed opportunities and 2. Not enough opportunities.
Number 1: I can control because I need to execute better.
Number 2: I can also control by just being out in the woods more.
So we decided to build an enclosed box blind to prevent the excuse of weather, comfort and laziness.
There were some definite pros and cons to this project.
Bonding Time: You get to hang out with your hunting buddies! We spent a full weekend together building this box blind and discussing the upcoming season. Time spent with your friends is always time well spent.
Scent control: This blind was built for the main purpose of scent control. We placed it in a bottom that we normally couldn’t hunt due to swirling winds. The plan is to keep that puppy shut tight and to only open when the time comes. In theory it should combat the swirling winds.
Weather protection: As I mentioned above and in my last blog “Self Reflection” cold and wind has been a huge obstacle the last couple years. It has worn us down and pulled us from the woods more than we should. We will stay toasty warm and out of the wind in this blind unapologetically.
Comfort: When you pull an all day sit, being comfortable is extremely important. I have moved to mesh seat ladder stands for this exact reason. With our new box blind we will be able to put nice comfortable chairs in to kick back and relax.
Time: It took a reasonable amount of time and planning in order for this thing to be erected. I think we have our system down now and the next time will be easier but it took a large portion of our weekend.
Cost: Most would be happy to save the money from a DIY project but this thing isn’t free. Get your supply list down and budget for some unforeseen costs. You are out ahead still monetarily but the extra time makes it a wash.
Location: We decided to build this blind down in a bottom that has difficult access. If it wasn’t for my new Polaris Ranger we wouldn’t have been able to even do it. Find a decently accessible location and you will thank yourself during the building process.
Knowledge: Get a couple carpenter buddies that know what the hell they are doing and don’t be too proud to admit you don’t know what you are doing. You will spend money and a lot of time in this thing make sure it is safe and built well.
In a future blog I will dive deeper into the material list and actual step by step process for building it.
The location of the blind is along a dry creek that runs the whole ditch down. To our north is a really nice clover plot that pinches down near the blind at a ditch crossing and a hill road. Behind the blind to the south is another food plot. There is a pinch between the two food plots that goes right past the blind. It will easily be functional for bow and gun.
Should be a good time staying warm!