THINK INVISIBLE: Some guys actually dig out an area for their blind and insert fiberglass pits. Down there in the marsh and mud, they’re looking up, with only their heads exposed—and only at the shot. It’s a good trick. Again, check to see if your state allows this. The trick of deception knows no boundaries, law willing.
LESS IS MORE: Other times, less is more in some cases, so avoid making your blind stand out by working on it too much! Find another spot someplace else as a backup. It doesn’t hurt to have many different blind options to keep shooting fresh during the season to come.
KEEP IT REAL: Realism is the key. Ever hear of matching the hatch in fly-fishing? Of course you have. It’s the same deal in blind building—sort of. Use natural and manmade camouflage material to do the job. Don’t put birch branches where there are none. One of the coolest blinds I ever gunned out of was on New Hampshire’s Great Bay where a landowner had granted me permission. That hide consisted entirely of rocks. I’ve also hunted mud and stick blinds, and some that looked like lodges with cooking facilities.
CHECK IT OUT: Does it look right, this off-season, just-built blind? Will it stand the test of wary eyes come opening day? Check it out now from different perspectives. Ride there with a buddy or two on your four-wheelers, and ask them (if they haven’t been involved in the construction process): “Can you guys find the blind?” View it from a good distance to simulate what ducks or geese would see—helicopters optional.
Scout new places during blind-making efforts, and have fun four-wheeling in the process. Get out there whenever you can.