As spring sets in and summer looms ahead, now is a good time for moving and storing your hunting blind before deer season.
Not so long ago, most hunting blinds were made out of wood, usually hastily fastened together on a weekend. While these plywood structures took little effort to construct, they often lasted only a few hunting seasons. Sitting for months on end in the humid weather of the South can take its toll on the hardest pieces of presswood.
We left our blinds in the woods year round, neglecting them for the most part until August. This meant every mouse, wasp, snake and critter within a mile made a home there. We even found a family of racoons one year. Needless to say, clearing the blinds was a mess, but a necessary task before hunting season. However, today, the material permanent blinds are comprised of ensures their longevity. And moving and storing your blind before the summer can prevent you from being forced to evict any unwanted wildlife.
Seal Them Up
A Banks blind is structurally capable of weathering the elements year-round with little maintenance. However, it’s a good idea to seal all vents, windows and doors to prevent rain from getting in. Moisture promotes mold and mildew growth, which can damage the insulation lining the interior of your blind. This will also prevent pests and wasps from making a home, but in case they do get in, hang an insect strip as an added precaution.
Transport the Blind
Now is a good time to move your blind, giving the deer about six months to acclimate to it. By opening day, they’ll hardly notice it’s there. Unlike homemade, wooden hunting blinds, the durable but lightweight material of Banks blinds makes them easy to move. By disassembling the blind’s stand, you can move it with a UTV and a small trailer. However, if you’ve got a tractor, you can keep the entire base in place for a seamless transition.
Take advantage of pleasant spring temperatures to cut and maintain shooting lanes. You should also identify entry and exit points to your blind. Clear these pathways of branches and other debris that will cause noise. Getting all of this work early, as opposed to shortly before the opener, will also ensure you’re not spooking deer.