FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IN GROUND BLIND QUESTIONS
Why hunt from an In Ground Blind?
There are too many to list them all - here are a few: 1) Adrenaline. It is a lot more exciting hunting from the ground than from an elevated stand. 2) Concealment. It is easier to hide from game when you are only three feet tall. Deer in particular can’t envision a human being this size. 3) Comfort. You will hunt longer and enjoy hunting more if you are comfortable and warm. Windy and cold weather doesn't have to keep you home any more. 4) Safety. No worrying about gravity. No safety harness required! 5) Hunt anywhere you can dig a hole one foot deep. 6) Stealth. Get set up for your hunt with no metallic "clinks" or "tinks". 7) Zero annual maintenance. No set-up and take-down like with tent blinds and tree stands. Install an In Ground Blind once and hunt from it for life. Do better things with your spare time, like finding new places for more blinds! 8) Teach! Get new hunters hooked on hunting with animals within feet! 9) Hunt longer into your retirement years when other hunting methods are no longer enjoyable.
Why buy a blind when I can just dig a hole and sit on the ground?
Native Americans hunted that way for eons, and it's how most people get started today. Here are a few reasons why you'll want to trade up: Native Americans understood the value of a shallow pit blind. Hunting with a spear or archery gear was a close-range activity. They could hunt any day and every day if required, and a hunter had a huge area to roam. If a pit blind was wet and muddy, they hunted elsewhere or went fishing. Today we hunt when and where we are able to. Back then a raccoon or opossum greeting a hunter from a pit blind meant lunch was taken care of. Today it can end a hunt. Today's ethics demand that we cover a hole before walking away from it. Plywood or lumber of any kind becomes warped and chewed in short order, allowing critters and rain in. The sides of the hole will eventually cave in if they are not supported, and today you'll want to restrict who's using your location while you are away. Because of limited time and acreage, your hunting location has to be dependable so it works every time you can use it.
How long does it take to install a blind?
It depends on the terrain and soil conditions, and the shovel used. With a sharp, flat-tipped shovel on flat ground, in good moist soil, an average person will take between fifteen and twenty minutes. Rocky, ground will require more time. Using a metal stake to probe the ground before digging can answer a lot of questions. If you are installing where underground utilities are possible, make sure to have them located before digging. It helps to pick a cool day for stand work. Take a friend or family member to help, and enjoy your time outdoors!
Original In Ground Blind or Model 2?
Each model has it's advantages and disadvantages. The Original requires a precisely dug hole so is better in clay soils or shallow soils where bedrock may prevent deeper digging. The Model 2 requires a deeper hole but the hole could be dug with a backhoe or auger if desired. The Model 2 is better in rocky, sandy or gravel soils where a precise dig isn't possible. Both models are comfortable and allow you to lay back and take a nap if you need to get to your blind early.
Where is a good place to install a blind for deer hunting?
Every property is different. Downwind and within hearing range of a bedding area is pretty tough to beat most of the time. In heavily hunted areas, mature bucks have learned to avoid trees in daylight. Deer, and mature bucks in particular, use the same bedding locations from generation to generation. Once you find these and carefully plan your route into and out of them, you have a huge advantage for killing the best buck on a property each year. A person who likes to hunt every chance they can will need additional blind options for different wind and weather conditions. Over-hunting a location or hunting it in the wrong conditions can spoil a spot quickly.
Can I use an In Ground Blind on state owned land?
Check your state rules. In Wisconsin where I grew up hunting, the same rules that apply to tree stands and tent blinds on DNR managed lands apply to our blinds. You must remove your blind at the end of each day and fill in the hole. In this instance if the weather allows (not too muddy), I just dig a hole and use a padded seat. I dig and fill the hole each day. This may sound like a lot of work, but the next time you hunt that spot, the dig can take just a few minutes. Rules on county owned and other public properties vary from county to county, and some allow a blind to remain for the whole hunting season.
Won’t deer see me while I'm hunting from the ground?
Turkeys have incredible vision, yet many thousands are killed each year from the ground. Deer aren’t even in the same category when it comes to vision. You will quickly learn when you can and can’t move. Putting cover or an obstacle between you and your prey allows you the freedom to move at will. More hunters are being seen while hunting from a tree while shifting weight, or turning their head than will ever be seen while in an In Ground Blind. Camo face wear or paint helps a whole bunch too. Ghillie wear and an In Ground Blind may be the ultimate disappearing act.
What do I have to do to maintain it?
For the Original model you may have to replace the inner lid support after 30 years or so. The swivel seat can be greased occasionally. If installed in a floodplain, you will need to make sure the blind does not fill with water. Other than that, you don’t’ have to worry about maintaining the blind. The Model 2 lid may need replacing if it becomes damaged. We do recommend checking shooting lanes around the blind before each hunting season just like you would for any other hunting spot. Keeping brush from growing where the blind's lid rests when opened may be the only chore you experience.
How long will the blinds last?
We’re not really sure. Our plastics engineers say they will probably last for a hundred years. Because there's no corn oil in the plastic, rodents like squirrels, chipmunks, and mice don't touch it. We believe the UV inhibitors in the plastic and stainless steel/aluminum parts should give the blind a life measured in decades! Once installed, you can leave it for as long as you can hunt that particular spot.
I shoot a longbow. Can I shoot it while in an In Ground Blind?
Absolutely. Paul shoots longbow, recurve and compound bows too. You may have to cant your longbow or recurve a little more while in a shallow pit blind than you usually do, so it's important to practice that way. If you “walk the string” you’ll want to wait for your animal to pass your location, then stand up for the shot. Traditional archers will love the close-range shooting and horizontal wound channels provided by this system, and if taking a mature animal with traditional equipment is on your bucket list, there is no better way to get it done!
SHOOTING STICK QUESTIONS
Should I get a right or left-handed Dead Stick?
We recommend getting a Dead Stick that is the same as the way you shoot. For example, if you pull the trigger with your right hand, you should get a right-handed Dead Stick. But you can use a right handed model left handed or a left handed model right handed if you'd like. The adjustment lever will just face the opposite way and the stick will be on the opposite side of your gun.
Should I get a right or left-handed Nock-Splitter?
You should get a Nock-Splitter that is the same as the way you shoot. For example, if you draw your bow with your right and hold it with your left, you should get a right-handed Nock-Splitter. Unlike the Dead Stick, you can't use a right hander on a left-handed bow or vice-versa.
Please check back soon!
We'll have more answers to some frequently asked questions about our shooting rests soon. Stay tuned!
How does your warranty work?
Everything we sell has a one year money-back guarantee. We realize our customers can't try our products before buying, so we offer a guarantee you don't get at the sporting goods store. Try it for a year. We'll refund your purchase price (shipping excluded) if you send it back because you don't like something about the product. By the way, we won't send you unwanted e-mails or sell your e-mail address to anyone else - ever! We value you as a customer!