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3 Tips for Hunting Whitetail From a Ground Blind

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Ground blinds can be one of the best and easiest ways to hunt whitetail deer. They’re usually easy to set up and tear down, safe to use, and they provide you with plenty of cover—meaning you’ll be in a good position to take the shot you need to in order to get the deer you want.

With that said, there are some tips and tricks you should know that will help you have the best experience when using a ground blind for hunting deer. Here are some things to know.

Place Your Ground Blind Ahead of Time

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Deer pay attention to their environment. If something new appears out of nowhere, they’ll avoid it. this is why you can’t wait until deer season to place your ground blind. Sometimes you have no choice. In those instances, do what you can, however, the longer you ground blind sits out there, the better chance you’ll have.

When you place your ground blind well in advance, you let the animals in that area—specifically the deer—get used to its presence. This means that you’ll have a better chance of getting a good shot on a quality deer.

Don’t Forget About Wind and Scent

You know that you want to be downwind of the deer you’re hunting, so keep this in mind when planning a spot to place your ground blind. Think about the way the land is and the path deer travel through it. Will the wind give away your position?

Additionally, scent eliminators or maskers will also help. You want to make sure to use these products both on the blind itself and on your hunting gear and clothing. Avoid using scented deodorants, cologne, or other fragrances while hunting.

With the proper placement of your ground blind and some thought given to masking your scent, you should be able to have some success this hunting season.

Think About Sightlines and the Sun

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Nothing’s worse than being blinded by the sun when you should have a clear shot on the deer of your dreams. Think about that when placing your blind. Where are the primary windows and what are the sightlines out of those windows? What happens at sunrise or sunset? Can you still see well enough to get your shot off?

While some sun is likely unavoidable, you still want to make sure you won’t be blinded when the time comes to take that important shot. It’s best to go out ahead of your actual hunt to see how the sunrise and sunset interact with your blind in the position you’ve placed it.


Do you have any additional tips you think need to be added to this list? Leave a comment below!

3 tips for hunting whitetail from a ground blind

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    Wade,you stand corrected on your scent recommendation for ground blind location setting .
    The hunter should always strive to be downwind not upwind of the deer or quarry one is hunting !

    1. Wade Thiel

      Right you are Wes. Not sure what I was thinking. I must have got the terms confused. appreciate you noticing!

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