How to Use a Hunting Blind During the Off Season

Get ready for the upcoming season by using your hunting blind to scout and for target practice.

This time of year, hunters are feeling the urge to get in the deer woods. With lush food plots and bucks in velvet roaming everywhere, we understand why. The good news is there is plenty to be done in the months leading up to the season opener to keep you busy.

Aside from gear maintenance and tending to food plots, you can start to prepare both mentally and physically. Take a walk in the afternoons after work and get your heart pumping in anticipation of trekking through the woods or dragging out a deer. If you hunt from a blind, like we do throughout the season, you can use them in your preparation as well – from scouting to target practice.

Target Practice

The best way to become a proficient hunter is to practice how you hunt. Get in your hunting blind and practice shooting your bow at various yardages. We find it’s helpful and more fun to take a buddy with you. Have one person on the ground move the target’s location between shots so you can become comfortable shooting from all angles out of the blind. Practice the procedure of opening and closing windows, keeping only one curtain open at a time and lifting your bow from its rest inside the blind until it becomes second nature.

Target practice from your hunting blind is the best way to prepare you for an encounter in the field.

Target practice from your hunting blind is the best way to prepare you for an encounter in the field.

As you go through your round of arrows, have your buddy watch for signs of movement. He shouldn’t be able to detect any from inside the blind, as long as only one curtain is open at a time. A Banks blind will be completely dark inside, even with one window open. When you run out of arrows, take a look at how you hit the targets and get feedback from your friend. Go through the routine again until you to become familiar with the routine.

Scouting

Scouting from an elevated blind near a food plot or creek bottom can be helpful to determine what kind of bucks are in the area, what times they are there and their behavior. So pack a notebook, binoculars and a cool drink, and climb in your blind to gain insight as to what to expect come opening day. Just be sure to limit how often you’re frequenting the area leading up to the season – too often and you could risk spooking deer and leaving your scent behind.

Add Features to Your Hunting Blind

One of the best things about a Banks blind is the ability to customize them to fit your specific needs. At Banks Outdoors, we are as passionate about hunting as you are. We designed our tower blinds to be assembled easily and fit a wide variety of hunting situations. Whether you want your blind to be permanent or mobile, high off the ground or low, is left up to you. Disabled hunters have added ramps, and bowhunters who need to move their blinds often add skis or wheels to the base. Some paint the polyethylene material to match the surrounding foliage. Building your blind can be as simple or practical as you want it to be.

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