By Bob Humphrey
Another waterfowl season is almost upon us and if you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to get started on your blinds. Before you load up the boat or ATV with boards and burlap and head afield however, you may want to take a few things into consideration.
Scout - Don’t go by habitat alone. If you have the time, scout the area in advance to see which areas ducks are using most. You might be surprised, pleasantly if you scout, unpleasantly if you don’t.
Blend In - Try to blend your blind into the natural surroundings as much as possible. Natural vegetation works best, but only if it’s live or freshly cut. If you cut and build too early, you’ll end up with a patch of dead, brown vegetation surrounded by green, or bare twigs instead of lush, leafy branches. Another option is to use artificial blind material like camo cloth or military camo netting. The latter often has a green and a brown side for early and late season hunting, respectively.
Watch the Sun - Sun in your eyes will make it tougher to see, but much easier to be seen. It’s best if you can put the sun at your back. Build so your blind faces west if you’ll be hunting in the morning, east in the afternoon. If you want one blind to do both, try to face it north.
Watch Your Head - You’ll mostly be looking out, but ducks will be looking down. It’s a good idea to fashion some type of lid or cover to conceal yourself from high-flying fowl.