Making the right call on layout blinds

There is a great deal of preparation and practice that going into using a layout blind effectively if you plan to be successful in the field. That planning should start before you even buy one. DSCN0026-300x225 If it's one thing I've learned about geese, they can be unpredictable, especially when snow hits. I know how many of you feel. I used to hunt waterfowl wearing head-to-toe camo and laying in the edges of fields, hoping the birds would get close enough to take a shot. Early in the year, they often did, but after they got wise, our success rates dropped like the stock market. Well maybe not THAT fast. I often thought that if I just had a layout blind, it would be perfect, so I bought the first one I could afford out of college, not paying attention to any of the features it had. Guess what? My success rates took an even bigger hit. 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Pay less attention to the price tag and more attention to how the blind fits you before you buy it. It’ll pay off in the long run. Another thing is to make sure the blind has the features you want for the style of hunting you do. The Man Cave from Hard Core is a great blind for a long hunt, but if you’re a highly mobile hunter trekking back into a distant field, or if you’re in a spot where you have to make quick movements to adjust to the birds, the Run-N-Gunner would be a better choice for you. Practice makes perfect DSC_0015-e1384283386984-199x300 Picking the right blind, such as the Hard Core Apprentice 2-man blind, is just as important as brushing the blind. Be sure to practice shooting from the blind too. So you’ve picked the right blind and bought it. You get it home and put it together and admire how pretty it is. That’s great. Don’t put it away now and plan to go hunting. I tell people to that they need to practice taking it apart and putting it together a bunch of times before they even think of going hunting. Just because you can set it up in your basement, doesn’t mean you can do it when it’s zero degrees out and pitch black. Set it up until it is second nature and you can comfortable and quickly set it up with little light and no instructions. Also try taking the blind outside and practice getting up out of it and shooting. Shooting clays off your porch is one thing, sitting up and shooting birds from a blind in the field is another. Mud and snow Next step is to muddy up the blind. That camo pattern you picked out is great, but the process used to make that pattern on the fabric and make it all mildew resistant, etc. makes for some shiny fabric. Muddy it up. I like to make a slurry of mud with some clay mixed in and paint my blinds when new. I let them sit in the sun until dry and then I knock the dried dirt off. 03-300-0004_ManCaveSnowCover-300x300 Snow changes everything and you should get a snow cover for your blind! You also want to take the edges off by using some kind of material to create depth. There are stubble straps on the blinds for using native vegetation and make the blind look natural to the surroundings. You can augment this with artificial vegetation. You want to take the edge off your blind with pre-fabricated blind materials. This dramatically saves time and energy when setting up. You don’t want to be that one guy who’s blind isn’t ready when the birds are flying. If you’re blind stands out, it can flare the birds and ruin your day. Snow trumps any kind of camouflage pattern. If it’s available, buy a snow cover for your blind if you plan to hunt after the white stuff starts flying. There are still stubble straps available to use even if you’re whiting things out, because if you’re hunting in corn fields, there will be those corn stalks that stick out of the snow. Anything you can do to break up your outline helps. 04-100-0004_DogCaveSnowCover-300x300 Even the dog needs a comfortable blind. Another little snippet on snow covers, snow is a great insulator, so even with a snow cover on your blind, pile up some snow around your blind. Not only will it help conceal you, but it’ll actually help keep your warmer. I’ve also noticed that, especially around my area, when it snows heavily, the birds will fly different. I was thinking of going out the other day, after a big snowfall that morning. Much to my surprise and dismay, there were already birds in my field. They had flown into the field several hours earlier than I expected. Yes, snow changes everything! Be sure to check out Hard Core on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, updates and amazing contests! By Derrek Sigler