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Season has been over for me for weeks and thinking about what to change up for next year.

1) Natural materials, blend in better, no cost, no carrying in...
2) Chair blind, smallest, most comfortable
3) Doghouse hoop style, pretty small, durable, easy carry, cheap
4) Hub style, big enough for 2, not cheap or easy to carry, hard to conceal
5) Permanent hard side, not an option for me on Public land
 

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I have been using a DB Matrix for many years now. It lets me stand up and move around if needed and I have hunted 3 people in it at one time (tight but doable). Easy to put up and take down even in the dark. Weight is a tad heavy but I usually drive up close to where I am putting it up a couple of weeks before the season and if I need to carry it I have a backpack for it that will carry the blind, two chairs, decoys, etc. that I usually use on same day set ups during turkey season.
Plus it keeps me dry when it is raining and out of heavy winds when blowing hard.
 

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I have been considering building a blind on a little 4x7 low profile trailer I picked up cheap. I hunt private land and would like to be able to move it to different spots with my 4 wheeler. I usually use a Double Bull blind,but they are heavy and not as easy to move around.
 

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I currently have 4 permanent hard side home built shooting houses on my farm. For comfort and ease of hunting they can't be beat. Only real draw back is if patterns change, which occasionally happens. Generally it's not an issue but once in a while a food plot fails or is simply eaten up.

I have been considering building a couple of these to increase my options and have some degree of mobility.
Folding chair Furniture Chair Grass Wheel
 

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I currently have 4 permanent hard side home built shooting houses on my farm. For comfort and ease of hunting they can't be beat. Only real draw back is if patterns change, which occasionally happens. Generally it's not an issue but once in a while a food plot fails or is simply eaten up.

I have been considering building a couple of these to increase my options and have some degree of mobility. View attachment 162722
Totally portable
 

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Have always been a DoubleBull guy & run 4 different hub blinds that go up in mid to late July before season begins. Just picked up a Primos Shack Attack on sale at Roger’s as it looks like a great crossbow blind for one person. The ideal rig where I hunt out west would be a ******* Bale Blind on the movable light weight polymer ******* skid pallet. That or their newer low profile Ghille Blind are great options. Investing that much scares me if I have to leave them out where someone on a neighboring property might get envious.
 

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I'm new to pop up blinds. I've always used a treestand or made a ground blind out of the natural materials that lay around the area I wish to hunt. I've had enough success out of natural ground blinds to know they work well if made properly. The only problem is if its very windy, rainy or snowing hard, you're subject to the elements ( so is a lock on tree stand!)
I just bought my first pop up blind earlier this year and have only set it up in the back yard. Comfortable for two and very protected from outdoor elements. I don't remember the manufacturer...I purchased it from an Ebay sporting goods seller. Wasn't overly expensive comparing to the big brand name blinds I see out there. I think I paid $150 but those fancy named brands are selling for $300 to almost $500 for a pop up blind! That may be fine if you own the property and don't have to worry about thieves...however, areas of public land are another story. I've had more lock on tree stands stolen by dirtbags here in Jersey than I care to admit! 20 feet up and chained with heavy linked chain to the tree with a heavy duty Master Lock. Come back a week or two later and its stolen! Some people are just %#@&*!$!!!
I'd like to try my new blind for crossbow turkey this spring. That's why I bought it...turkey with a bow. Let's see how that pans out!
 

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I have three Ameristep blinds. Their hub style and two dog house blinds. I like the compactness and lightness to carry them in. Quarters are tight but more than doable for a Xbow, compound vertical bow not really.
 

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For the longest time I liked hunting out of tree stands, always liked the great visibility. Two years ago I bought a hub style ground blind to put along the edge of a food plot and blended it in with some fresh pine branches. Visibility is limited but it was very cool to have the deer as close as 10-15 yards away from the blind, and also have an added layer of protection from the weather. This year I purchased an Ameristep "Silent" Brickhouse Ground Blind (No Zippers Or Velcro), an ALPS OutdoorZ Stealth Hunter Deluxe Chair, and a Caldwell DeadShot Fieldpod Shooting Rest. The Caldwell rest was great for the crossbow or rifle and it breaks down compactly to be set aside for when shooting with a bow. The ALPS chair is extremely comfortable and is very quiet. The four legs on the chair can be adjusted for uneven ground so that your butt is level. The blind itself was great getting in and out of because of the hooks and loops used to secure the door which meant no loud zippers to zip and unzip when getting in and out of the blind. Several times I had to wait getting into my other blind because of the deer already in the food plot and they would hear me trying to unzip the zippers on the door when trying to get into the blind. This year I could get into the blind undetected. The longer vertical windows placed in several spots on this blind are perfect when shooting with a bow. I have friends that have heaters in their blinds for when it gets cold, but I haven't needed one yet as I always wear Merino wool base layers, (thickness based on the outside temps), and outside layers based on the temps, Throw in some electric hand warmers in my pockets, and bring a cooler with food and drink for the longer sits. To anyone using ground blinds I recommend dressing from the waist up in black, not camo. Black hat, black balaclava, black shirt, jacket, or coat. You'll blend into the interior of the blind easily and viewed from outside of the blind your movement is harder to detect.
This season's setup was probably the most comfortable ground blind setup for me to date, which meant more time in the stand which made it a very successful year hunting.
 

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That is cool about the silent brick house feature (magnets). I have purchased some magnets to epoxy them to my Ameristep blinds just haven't done it to get rid of the that noisy velcro.
 

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Season has been over for me for weeks and thinking about what to change up for next year.

For commercial blinds, what is your preference and why?
I've been using a hub style mounted on a ten foot platform but I plan on building a permanent wood enclose this spring. The two biggest reasons are, one it's hard to keep the hub style from leaking at some point and two, it drives me crazy zipping and unzipping the door without making a lot of noise, which is also hard to enter and exit. I've had to run deer off getting in and out of the blind plus opening and closing the windows without spooking the deer. I also think a permanent blind will contain my scent better too.
 

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Overall the soft pop up style blinds are fantastic. When the terrain allows one to be used its hard to beat. The comfort, concealment, safety, and portability factor make for great hunting success when everything comes together.

If I had a preference that is the one, but I use all styles from natural, lockon, climbers, permanent box, doghouse, and ladder.

This year I filled all my tags. I took 2 from a popup ground blind, one from a box stand, one from a lockon, and one from natural cedar tree top. I hunted from my doghouse blind but no shoots available as was the case for my hut blind, and climbers.
 
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