Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


pit blinds

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sir misalots 08-Jan-18
Shawn 08-Jan-18
throwback 08-Jan-18
rick allison 08-Jan-18
timex 08-Jan-18
ground hunter 08-Jan-18
Bode 08-Jan-18
JamesV 08-Jan-18
babysaph 08-Jan-18
George D. Stout 08-Jan-18
Andy Man 08-Jan-18
Buglmin 08-Jan-18
StikBow 08-Jan-18
ground hunter 09-Jan-18
TrapperKayak 09-Jan-18
TrapperKayak 09-Jan-18
TrapperKayak 09-Jan-18
TrapperKayak 09-Jan-18
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TrapperKayak 09-Jan-18
From: sir misalots
Date: 08-Jan-18




Just wondering if anyone uses pit blinds I thought about these but worry about snakes and spiders inhabiting the pit. Saw a blind online that is a sealed container that you dig your hole and insert the canister. Neat, but another thing to worry about. I like a lower profile when hunting from the ground but the lower the seat the more it hurts my knees.

From: Shawn
Date: 08-Jan-18




When I was a kid(18 or so) my brother bought a house and 5 acres in a suburban area near where we grew up. There was very little cover on the property but deer filtered into his back yard every evening. I dug a hole and piled the dirt all around, it did not have to be real deep as the dirt provided a berm. I left 3 openings about 8 inches wide that I could shoot through. I killed probably 20 deer over the next 5 or 6 years from that pit and it got better each year as natural grasses and even a few small trees took root in the berm surrounding the pit. Shawn

From: throwback
Date: 08-Jan-18




I used to use them for geese and I dug a couple for turkey hunting in places where I didn't have any cover. That was about a hundred years ago and digging a pit in this hardpan would probably kill me, before I got to use it, now. They can be deadly in the right place.

From: rick allison
Date: 08-Jan-18




When you think about it, we...humans...stand at a disadvantageous height. Our eyes are normally at the same level as low vegetation.

Our visibility is better above that brush line...tree stand or elevated position...or below the brush...ground level.

While I've never hunted from a pit blind, I know a few who have. With success, albeit mainly with a firearm.

The first time I really thought about it was when a friend was out with his very young son. The lad saw deer dad couldn't see, because of different "eye levels".

From: timex
Date: 08-Jan-18




Killed my first deer sitting on a 5 gallon bucket in a hole next to a tree with the dirt piled around the edge

From: ground hunter
Date: 08-Jan-18




that container system you saw,,,,, I saw it too, kind of not too practical,,,,,,

My buddy shot a 176 12 pointer this year,, at 8 steps, out of his pit blind.....

He retired the stick bow, years ago, hunts with a cross bow, and made pit blinds on his land,,,,, he lives in sw wis a primo area for big bucks.....

HIs he dug deep, using commercial equipment when he could, but did dig some out,,,, they are reinforced on the corners with posts, and he puts a slanted plywood roof over it, to keep the rain and snow out,,,,,,

He covers them up with brush, looks like a Jap machine gun nest, man it is effective....

From: Bode Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 08-Jan-18




I have used them and they work great. Started using them for antelope but now also use the for deer. I dig a hole 2 to 3 feet deep and the put 1 end of an 18 foot hog or cattle panel in 1 end of the hole and flex it putting the other end in other side of hole. You can adjust height by how deep your hole is or how wide your hole is. for the front and back I use concrete reinforceing mess and a few T posts. Cut a shooting hole. Cover in burlap or surplus military camo and brush in. Takes me about 3 hours to build one and they last for years.

From: JamesV
Date: 08-Jan-18




Years ago our duck club had 19 pits in the rice fields. killed hundreds of ducks from them. We were young then and had no problem taking them from the county. When the county delivered new garbage bins we would haul them off. No biggie.....our taxes were buying them.

James

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Jan-18




This is how I hunt in Africa. It is a killer

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Jan-18




Nothing in the ground that can hurt you. Spiders will haul ass out of there when they see something a thousand times bigger than them coming in the hole. Should be able to see any snakes in a dug hole also. If you're afraid, then spray it good with Raid before you use it.

From: Andy Man
Date: 08-Jan-18




used to sit on a stool in a little creek with rubber boots on

Just head above the creek bank could get the bow ready and slowly stand to shoot worked perty good

Tom Parsons showed me that little trick

Lots of litttle creeks around here

From: Buglmin
Date: 08-Jan-18




We used to use pits when we hunted antelope in the 80's and 90's. Hated digging them, then having to fill them back in. Secret was sage brush arranged behind you. We'd dig it with a bench in the back and you slid to your kness to shoot.

We only had one snake roll into the blind while we were in it. Was quite a site, trying to get outa the blind and then using our bows to flip it out. We also learned to shine the light into the blind every morning before you stepped in to it.

You don't see many pits dug anymore. Too much work compared to popping up a blind...

From: StikBow
Date: 08-Jan-18




People still use them in NV for antelope. Not deep and brushed in. Digging a shallow “pit” and putting the pop up over. It would make the longbow easier to use. Does for me, anyway

From: ground hunter
Date: 09-Jan-18




Andy I do the same thing,,,, I have a primo spot, looking up at the beaver dam crossing,,,, I am down below, sitting in a chair, in the creek, by a downfall,,,,,, killer spot

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Jan-18

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It's a good method, using a pit blind. I find natural ones from wind toppled trees. Root wads form part of the 'blind', and the hole left from it forms a partial pit. I called in and got a shot at a 6 pt from this one this fall but missed, twig deflected it. 15 yard shot. This pit isn't as deep as most of the other spots I find like this.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Jan-18

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This was a root wad pit I found on a snowey wooded hillside on,state land, loaded with deer. Fresh tracks everywhere, but no,deer appeared while I was there. Later that day I called in two bucks from a different spot I found but got no shots.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Jan-18

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This was a root wad pit I found on a snowey wooded hillside on,state land, loaded with deer. Fresh tracks everywhere, but no,deer appeared while I was there. Later that day I called in two bucks from a different spot I found but got no shots.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Jan-18

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This one was at the bottom of the same hillside. Very cold this day...didnt see any snakes. This pit was very shallow. Trees in wet areas have roots that run along the surface making them prone to blowing over...no pun intended.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Jan-18

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This one was at the bottom of the same hillside. Very cold this day...didnt see any snakes. This pit was very shallow. Trees in wet areas have roots that run along the surface making them prone to blowing over...no pun intended.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Jan-18

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This one was at the bottom of the same hillside. Very cold this day...didnt see any snakes. This pit was very shallow. Trees in wet areas have roots that run along the surface making them prone to blowing over...no pun intended.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Jan-18




Just in case you didn't get that the first time.... sorry, I didn't think they were going from the phone so I kept pushing the keys. Wow!





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