Turkey blinds: best features for the spring bowhunter
It’s almost time to start scouting turkeys, placing blinds, and setting the early-morning alarms. Before the April rush that is turkey season, however, you might be considering buying a new blind. This market category has blown up during the past decade, so you have plenty of options vying for your cash.
Here’s my strategy with turkeys: I always want to own at least one oversized, rugged blind and one small, lightweight blind that works for a single person. The big blind goes into my best spot, usually a carefully scouted strutting zone that doubles as a food source and travel route.
The lightweight blind, which might tip the scales anywhere from 12 to 16 pounds, is my portable option for when my main spot doesn’t pan out. I keep this blind in my truck pretty much all season long so if I have to call an audible, it’s available.
With either type of blind, I prefer the styles with plenty of brush loops and doors that operate quietly. The brush loops allow for truly concealing a blind, a must for pressured turkeys. Doors with over-sized, quieter-than-average zippers or no zippers at all are ideal, too, when it comes to quietly getting in when birds are roosted nearby.
When it comes to windows and shooting ports, I don’t really care much about the configurations because I’m only going to open them up as much as necessary, which isn’t much. The biggest mistake I see with turkey bowhunters? They want huge windows that span the entire front of their blind, and they want to open them up to see as much as possible. The problem with this plan is that it allows in more light and turkeys will bust you much easier.
If you’re considering a new blind purchase, consider your needs and how you’ll use it. If you’ve already got a blind, buy something that will allow for a different style of hunting and open up your spring longbeard options.