Portable hunting blinds are an ideal solution for those hunters who dislike lying in a hollow for hours or remaining motionless in a tree stand while waiting for the perfect prey to finally wander within shooting range. These blinds are now reasonably priced, easy to set up and take down, and lightweight enough to pack into even the roughest terrain. They offer concealment from the intended target while providing protection from the elements. Waiting out a sudden rainstorm is far more comfortable in a waterproof portable hunting shelter than sitting unprotected in a tree stand.
Hunting blinds are designed to hide you without restricting your ability to aim and shoot at your target. When choosing a blind there are several options to consider. Are you hunting alone or do you have a photographer with you? Modern hunting blinds are large enough to accommodate two or even three individuals along with their gear. Most blinds have multiple window openings for optimal visibility and ventilation. The preferred location to place the structure is downwind of your target zone, but if the wind direction changes air flow can be limited by closing all but one window to contain any human scent within the enclosure. The dark interior also eliminates the morning or afternoon silhouettes that can create a problem while hunting from tree stands. Another plus is any movement within the blind is hidden from sight, improving your chance of a successful hunting experience.
An important consideration when purchasing a hunting blind is whether you are a bowhunter, a firearm hunter, or both. Do you prefer to shoot from a sitting or a standing position? Bowhunters and standing rifle hunters will want a tall hunting blind so they can draw a bow or take aim without being impeded by a low ceiling. Sitting firearm shooters may want to choose a short hunting blind which can be less visible. Avoid zippers and velcro as they create noise. Make sure the camo pattern on the blind blends well with the terrain where you are hunting. The windows should also have the same camo pattern on the mesh so the overall pattern remains continuous.