Camouflage and Blinds

Camouflage, headnets and face paint should serve
to break up the human outline and hide human
colors, but never restrict movement or visibility

Ground blinds (wood or brush) should allow you to hide while giving the most visibility, to make sure your shots are safe and effective
  • Locate blinds 15-20 yards off game trails to avoid detection
  • Contoured edges and curves blend better than squar edges
  • Avoid cutting "live" material. It not only denudes the forest, but green material will quickly brown
    Make the blind big enough to cover your form and movement
  • Set up blinds at higher elevations than where you expect to see game animals
  • Pit blinds are illegal in some areas. If you dig a pit blind, restore it when you are finished hunting
  • Construct your blind so no part of the bow or arrow comes in contact with it while you are shooting
  • Completely camouflage yourself - look for any
    telltale clothing, jewelry or skin showing through

  • Never give the signal that you are game:
    - Never wear or carry anything that is the same color as the animal you're hunting
    - Wear orange or another bright, unnatural color, while approaching and leaving your hunt area
    - Put some bright cloth or tape on your animal while field dressing it or carrying
    - Never make the call of the animal being hunted (tom turkey, buck deer) when there are other hunters in the area
    - When another hunter approaches, call out in a normal voice to let him or her know you are there. Don't shout or whistle, and never make an animal call
    - Make sure you can see clearly in all directions so you can see approaching people or game, or make sure you are protected in any blind spots
    - Be sure of your shot, clearly identify your target and make sure the shot is clear and safe
 
Permanent Stands

Permanent tree stands, especially wood ones, may break down over time or from exposure, eventually giving way.

Hang-on or fixed position stands, as shown here, are lightweight and portable.

Ladder stand leaned against the tree

  • Make sure your stand is secured in a tree that will easily hold your weight
  • If using climbing blocks, set the top step above your stand, so your last step is down on to your stand
  • Climb up, strap in, then haul up your hunting gear
  • Climb down in high wind or extreme weather
  • Use caution when climbing in and out of your stand (if using climbing blocks, set the top step above your stand so your last step is down)
Tree Stand Advantages
  • Better field of view
  • Scent of hunter is higher
  • Hunter is above animal's field of vision
  • Hunter is not moving around in the woods, interfereing
  • with other hunters
  • Shots entering high and exiting low leave a better blood
  • trail and aid in recovery

Keep your tree stand in shadows so sunlight will not give you away.

Whether using a rifle or bow, the vital area is at a different angle. Aim a little lower to hit the vital area

Keep the prevailing wind in mind when selecting a location for your stand. You never want the wind blowing past you toward game.