Brushed in for the spring gobbler season
Drive around country roads right now and peek into the back corners of agricultural fields and you’ll see plenty of ground blinds. Using hub-style blinds to hunt turkeys are extremely popular these days, and the common belief is that blinds don’t need to be brushed in. This is true in many situations, but not all of them.
I recently set up a pair of blinds to take a couple of kids out turkey hunting. The setup was ideal, in that a well-used roost was located next to a chopped cornfield. The bad part was that the only place to set the blinds was in a tree row facing east, which meant after 7:30 a.m., the sun was shooting rays directly onto – and into – our blinds. We brushed both in extensively.
This serves to cut down on any glare, which can spook birds especially if your blind is covered in material other than canvas. This also, at least in my opinion, seems to cut down on the chances of getting spotted while moving into position to shoot. An extra layer of brush, which makes the whole thing seem to melt into the woods better, helps in this department when the light isn’t the best.
It’s impossible to know for sure, but I’ve also hunted birds that seemed very blind shy. Pressured birds sometimes seem to swing wide of blinds at a rate that leads me to believe that a healthy level of suspicion has formed in their tiny brains. While hunting public land, or heavily pressured private ground, I’m almost always better off taking the time to layer some brush around my blinds.
If you’re having trouble getting birds to close, or have to set up in a less-than-ideal spot, perhaps you should brush your blinds in, too. It only takes an extra 10 minutes and can definitely be worth it.