Monday, November 12, 2007
Pit Blinds Work Well On Opening Day
There is something very special about a pit blind, and of the few I’ve hunted on opening day of the firearm season, all have been productive.
Some are positioned in key areas where deer come out of heavy cover and then pass within 20 yards of the pit blind. Another one I’ve often hunted is on top of a knoll. This blind offers shots of only 20 yards. Deer can’t be seen any farther away than that, and often they move in from the sides and are standing 10 feet away.
Another favorite is a real dandy. It faces due east, and is carved out of a hill side behind the pit, and when the cussed wind come from the east, it’s right in your face. The hill keeps deer from getting behind you, and the shots are at 18 to 20 yards.
The neat thing about this coop is it’s possible to glass 500 yards a field with woods on the north side. The deer step out of the woods, look around, and depending on where they want to go, they may wind up walking several hundred yards reach this pit blind.
There are tiny windows on the north and south sides but none to the rear. They are covered with camo cloth, and a cautious peek may reveal a nice buck coming from the north or south. Only noise or a bare face sticking out of the tiny shooting window would spook the deer at this spot.
The thing about pit blinds is they can be placed almost anywhere. One spots I want to hunt has a trail running along the base of a 15-foot-high knob. The deer never go behind the knob, and usually follow the trail.
I haven’t done it yet, but am thinking about putting in a pit blind in this location. The pit would be butted up against the knob, and deer walking the trail would offer an easy bow shot or an even easier rifle shot. I’ll probably study the area at some length, and do something about before next season opens.
A friend of mine from Flushing had an ingenious idea for a wooden coop on the ground. There were four spruce trees that grew in a square and were six feet apart. He built a coop 5 1/2-feet square and stuck it between the trees.
It was erected one wall at a time, and it had a wood floor and a sloping wood roof. Hunters could shoot in only one direction, and when the fourth wall and roof was installed, the coop was virtually invisible.
He walked me past the tiny coop, and I didn’t see it. We stopped, and he whispered “What do you think of this blind?”
I looked around, and saw no blind, and thought he was jerking my chain. When he pointed it out, I thought to myself: I’ve got to have one of these.
Another guy did the same thing. He dug a pit blind between four pines, put a little roof over it, and the judicious removal of three or four tiny boughs offered a perfect area to shoot through. It’s such ingenious things like this that allow hunters to customize a stand to make it fit in a special place and perform it’s own specific duties.
All pit blinds I’ve seen, and those I’ve heard of, allow hunters to shoot only in one direction. This is fine because hunters who try to move around in tight quarters create noise that spooks deer.
Hunters also must be comfortable in cramped quarters. Pit blinds can’t be too large or they won’t serve the purpose for which they are intended. People with claustrophobia wouldn’t like pit blinds or the tiny blind surrounded by spruce or pine trees.
Now me, I have no such problem but prefer to hunt from a more open stand. But, for them that likes it, a pit blind or a tiny ground blind surrounded by spruce trees, may be just what a hunter needs on opening day.