Hunting from an elevated blind requires an additional skill set to hunting on the ground. You need to use calls effectively, adjust for the angle of elevation, and transition from sitting to standing as necessary. Follow the tips below and practice the techniques to for a successful hunting season using your Banks Outdoors Stump blind.
When you’re in an elevated blind, any calls you use will travel farther than calls made from a ground blind. The air will help carry your sound, especially if there is no wind to block it. The distance will allow your call to reach not just your surrounding area, but areas in the distance, bringing in more potential harvests. Call loudly and clearly to draw the animals in, then you can slowly decrease the volume as you see a target approaching. Our blinds like the Stump 4 ‘Vision Series’ have intense sound-proofing insulation to keep deer unaware of your presence. When the windows and door are closed, you can talk freely without the deer hearing you. Open the windows to use your call, then immediately shut them.
When you’re hunting from an elevated position, you need to account for your angle. When hunting from a ground blind the shot is in a straight line, parallel to the ground. When you’re elevated, your shot will end up travelling farther to reach the target. The distance from the base of your Steel Tower System to the target will be shorter than the distance from your elevated blind. Rangefinders can be a great help in calculating distance.
When shooting from an elevation, don’t hunch over or adjust your arms to account for the angle. You should bend at the waist or hips. This will keep your upper body aligned in proper from. Practice shooting at an angle from your Stump blind. Use a 3D target to make the practice conditions as realistic as possible.
When to Stand vs When to Sit
Our Stump blinds are spacious enough to accommodate chairs like our Captain’s Chair to make sitting in your blind all day as comfortable as possible. However, once a deer comes around you might have to stand to get the proper shot angle. The ceilings of our Stump blinds are tall enough to allow for standing, so transitioning from a sitting to standing position should be seamless.
If the angle of your shot feels awkward when sitting, try switching your position. Your form should not be compromised in any way when you’re making your shot, so adjust your stance as necessary. If you have the mechanics of proper form dialed in, work on holding that form during the shift from sitting to standing. Make sure your draw weight is comfortable. You want it heavy enough to meet your state’s requirements, but low enough that you can easily hold it while you’re waiting to take your shot.
Hunting from one of our elevated Stump blinds should be comfortable and effective. Mastering the skills mentioned above will help you harvest deer ethically and effectively. Practice shooting from an elevation, keeping your form while transitioning between sitting and standing, and using calls effectively. These skills will help you hunt from your Stump blind accurately and efficiently and help you bring your harvest to your kitchen table.
What hunting skills have you mastered during the off season? Have you practiced from your Stump blind? Let us know in the comments below!