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Pop up blind bows

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Danel 07-Jan-22
Danel 07-Jan-22
Jamie 07-Jan-22
RD 07-Jan-22
Orion 07-Jan-22
George D. Stout 07-Jan-22
eddie c 07-Jan-22
Jegs.mi 07-Jan-22
Rock 07-Jan-22
bluesman 07-Jan-22
bluesman 07-Jan-22
bluesman 07-Jan-22
arlone 07-Jan-22
2 bears 07-Jan-22
ESP 07-Jan-22
beemann 07-Jan-22
beemann 07-Jan-22
BWANA 07-Jan-22
bowhunt 07-Jan-22
bluesman 07-Jan-22
Danel 07-Jan-22
jdbbowhunter 07-Jan-22
greyghost 07-Jan-22
Desperado 07-Jan-22
Matt B 07-Jan-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 08-Jan-22
trad_bowhunter1965 08-Jan-22
ShortStick 08-Jan-22
Rock 08-Jan-22
Boker 08-Jan-22
ShortStick 08-Jan-22
cut it out 08-Jan-22
cut it out 08-Jan-22
bluesman 08-Jan-22
cut it out 08-Jan-22
cut it out 08-Jan-22
bluesman 08-Jan-22
bluesman 08-Jan-22
bluesman 08-Jan-22
bluesman 08-Jan-22
cut it out 08-Jan-22
cut it out 08-Jan-22
Danel 08-Jan-22
Danel 08-Jan-22
RD 08-Jan-22
Real Buckmaster 08-Jan-22
beemann 08-Jan-22
Katman 08-Jan-22
beemann 09-Jan-22
Ron LaClair 09-Jan-22
David McLendon 09-Jan-22
Stuart 09-Jan-22
Wapiti - - M. S. 10-Jan-22
BigB 01-Feb-22
Juancho 01-Feb-22
Fall Gray 01-Feb-22
tradmt 01-Feb-22
Heat 01-Feb-22
KenWood 01-Feb-22
Two Feathers 01-Feb-22
iowacedarshooter 01-Feb-22
Wapiti - - M. S. 02-Feb-22
George D. Stout 02-Feb-22
From: Danel
Date: 07-Jan-22




A question you guys that are using pop up blinds.

What are your preferences: blind and bow length mainly but if you have any other insight from hunting out of pop ups let me know.

Thanks

From: Danel
Date: 07-Jan-22




A question you guys that are using pop up blinds.

What are your preferences: blind and bow length mainly but if you have any other insight from hunting out of pop ups let me know.

Thanks

From: Jamie
Date: 07-Jan-22




Great question.

I’m currently trying to decide on the bow I will use for spring turkey hunting out of a blind. I’ve heard that a black bow is a smart choice as well as black clothing to blend in with the inside of the blind. My only fully black bow is a 64” super kodiak. I’ll have to try shooting it out of my ameristep brick house blind before deciding. I imagine it’s long length will be awkward in the blind.

From: RD
Date: 07-Jan-22




If you use the tall Barronet blinds (80") the bow won't matter. I shoot a 62" Toelke longbow out of my short (66-70") blinds but with a recurve I shoot a 58" Bear T/D. It all depends on how much you tip your bow. I hunt turkeys and Antelope mainly with the windows open (no Mesh). If you can, set the blind up facing north so the sun won't ever shine directly into the blind. Keep the back windows closed so no light can get through and sit in the back of the blind with dark clothing including your face. Hope this helps, Good luck!

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-22




I like the older Double Bull blinds. I use window screens and no need to dress like a ninja or have a black bow. I use a 56-inch Bear TD or my old Bighorn TD, also 56 inches. Both work very well out of a blind. I have shot up to a 64-inch mild r/d bow out of these blinds, but one is more limited in the windows than one can shoot out of, and it is necessary to cant the bow quite a bit. There are taller blinds available that would enable easier use of longer bows.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 07-Jan-22




You're probably sitting down in a blind, and you probably cant your bow, at least a bit, so I'm thinking bow length should be of little consequence with most popup blinds; unless they are made for ultra short people. Use a bow you shoot well.

From: eddie c
Date: 07-Jan-22




From my experience, practice shooting out of it. My depth perception, or target distance perception, gets thrown off by the walls. Use the smallest window that you can deal with. Less chance of seeing any type of movement. Mine has big windows, a buddy's has smaller windows. I noticed that deer seem to stare at my blind more than his. From a distance mine looks like it has big eyes. A swivel seat makes it easier to set up for a shot.

From: Jegs.mi Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Jan-22




I use a blind similar to a double bull. You could use a English longbow with no problem. My bow of choice is a 58" jt traditional archery Apollo 2.

From: Rock Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-22




You need a blind that is at least 6 foot accross in order to hold the Bow out in front of you with arrow on it and not have broadhead touch the blind and draw it back without your elbow hitting the back of the blind. Also you want a Blind that is 6 foot tall or close to it to keep your upper limb from hitting roof of blind.

I also put a piece of carpet on the ground to help keep things quiet when I move around. Practice the same way you plan to hunt, shooting off your knees or from a chairs. Lot of guys tend to shot high when shooting out of a blind window.

From: bluesman
Date: 07-Jan-22




Daniel , what are you planning on using the blind for ? My experience with pop ups on deer … they have to get used to it , some never do . Turkey , they work great . I personally like the old double bull I have as the opening is large .. the horizontal aspect of the opening is important , you can adjust your cant and move with a walking target . Turkey tolerate blinds , most deer don’t . That’s been my experience . I used a 62”longbow on my last turkey harvest in a blind .

From: bluesman
Date: 07-Jan-22




If your main interest in pop ups is to hunt deer on the ground , I would use a ghillie suit instead and use natural cover .

The one nice thing a pop up blind does , is warmth and you can move carefully and get away with it if a deer is approaching where they can’t look directly inside . Sometimes it helps control scent . If you decide to use a blind , brush the heck out of it and if you can , leave it ahead of time so the deer get used to it . But as said many deer don’t tolerate pop ups .

From: bluesman
Date: 07-Jan-22




Sorry , forgot to mention preferred bows , 60”I have used a lot . The shorter the bow the more maneuverability . I have Used a 56” 1958 kodiak and it is easier to use than a 60” or 62” bow .

From: arlone Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Jan-22




I have used both 68" and 66" bows out of blinds. Make sure I set up inside with windows in position to can't bow across widest spot inside the blind. I usually keep the "netting" in place. When cold I have used a Buddy-Heater and sat in down pours at times on all day sits. Set your blind up and get inside with your bow/bows and "pretend" to shoot and make sure there is clearance and then when hunting try not to get too excited and forget where your limb tips are!

From: 2 bears
Date: 07-Jan-22




You got some great advise but some from folks that have not hunted from one. Maybe I can prevent mistakes I made. Deer do notice the big dark windows. The netting messes with my vision. I brush the windows in a bit. Dark colors do work well for inside blinds. It takes more room than you think. You are trying to line up the shot but you have to clear the ground, roof, front, & back of the blind. Extended bow arm, arrow out front, & elbow going back takes room. My first blind was great for for watching not for shooting. Low stool in back of blind but nearly always come to my knees to maneuver for the shot. Hope that helps. Try bow in blind.>>>---> Ken

From: ESP
Date: 07-Jan-22




Muddy and rhino have blinds that are 80” tall by 90” wide. I don’t want much smaller. The run between $160- $250

From: beemann Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Jan-22

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2 bears speaks the truth! I have a 58" PCH black widow that is becoming my number one bow simply because Im always in a blind.... If you know exactly where the shot is going to be you can set up a blind for a longer bow. But in hunting situations things don't always go to plan... I draw thirty shooting 30.5" arrows and with the 58" bow can shoot out of most blinds. The biggest problem with this rig is the knocks are in the dirt.

From: beemann Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Jan-22

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Ready for action....good luck.

From: BWANA Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-22




I HAVE A FEW DOG HOUSE BLINDS I USE FOR TURKEY AND SOMETIMES DEER. MY 58" BOWS ARE BEST. OTHERS SEEM TO LONG AND HIT THE ROOF.

From: bowhunt
Date: 07-Jan-22




I preffered shorter bows in my pop up blinds personally.They just worked much better for me overall.

Yaa,pretty much what Ken Two Bears had to say in a nutshell.

From: bluesman
Date: 07-Jan-22

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this guy was from a blind, 62" longbow .

From: Danel
Date: 07-Jan-22




Great feedback guys! Thanks

From: jdbbowhunter
Date: 07-Jan-22




Have hunted turkeys out of pop up blind with 52" Jeffery mity mag with success. But would hunt with whatever you shoot accurately.

From: greyghost
Date: 07-Jan-22




Hidden Hunter Blinds are by far the best and easiest that I've ever owned, Only down side is the price

Ghost

From: Desperado
Date: 07-Jan-22




54" Shrew in the blind but 60" Black Widow with a ghillie suit.!

From: Matt B
Date: 07-Jan-22




I use the lower end Ameristep blind. My 56" bows work fine from it, but I do shoot instinctively and cant my bow to what ever angle fits. My 60" Great Plains longbow (Branstine Signature) is too long for my blind. My 52" Cascade GHM gives me flexibility and allows me to be comfortable shooting. Thinking about limb tips hitting the blind is not conducive to good shooting.

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 08-Jan-22

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I wish the pop-up blind manufactures would make their windows like double bull does in the corners. Rectangle up and down makes for easier shooting.

From: trad_bowhunter1965 Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Jan-22




I use a Barronett Big Mike blind I can shoot my 62" and 64" with no problems.

From: ShortStick
Date: 08-Jan-22




I use my Javaman Elkheart longbow. It's 52" and it's perfect for a blind or a tight treestand. A Shrew I'm told was designed for just the same reasons. I'm in tight spots while hunting, where a 62" or longer bow just won't fit well.

From: Rock Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Jan-22

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Agree with Jack on the verticule windows, all of my blinds are built that way.

From: Boker
Date: 08-Jan-22

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Look up the Nukem grap and go blinds. Buddy sent me a pic from the ATA show. I may try one next fall. I bought a ghost blind a couple years ago. with case etc I probably got $400 in it. It’s a neat idea but heavy and bulky. To me it is only useful if you have a short walk in or trust leaving it out for a couple days at a time.

I will say this year I learned some important lessons while hunting. Setting up with great back cover is key. I had deer with in 15 yards of me with nothing between me and them but air. they looked straight at me and obviously could not see me. This happened on multiple hunts. My conclusion is The only thing front cover does is help with movement of getting into position and drawing the bow.

When I say great back cover that’s exactly at least from my experience what it has to be. Sitting against a tree or couple twigs ain’t cutting it.

On the hunts mentioned I was backed up into a vine thicket amongst a blow down. So thick a rabbit couldn’t get through it.

It’s not always easy to find cover in the right areas so blinds that can be easily blended in are a great option for hunters that have to be mobile. A huge pop up usually isn’t acceptable for this type of hunting. If you hunt a lease or private property building a natural ground blind is awesome and the way to go. I built one for the first time this year. Wish I had done it years ago.

Since it looked like a typical blow down they deer barely paid any attention to it from day one.

From: ShortStick
Date: 08-Jan-22




Sorry it's 54".

From: cut it out
Date: 08-Jan-22




Just something I was shocked by but when I have used them I can shoot a longer longbow from a blind easier than a shorter recurve as the curved limbs on a recurve would hit the blind as they are going forward and where the limbs on my long bow come back and don’t hit the blind. The bows are 60” long recurve and a 64” LB so not much difference in size but the way the limbs arc was the big difference in being able to shoot out of it. If I was gonna get a blind bow specific it would be the shortest long bow I could shoot good with. Hope I explained that good but a recurve the tips go forward and a LB they go back basically.

From: cut it out
Date: 08-Jan-22




And I was jawing small blinds so I know recurves are fine to use just the blinds I have had that’s what I found.

From: bluesman
Date: 08-Jan-22

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From my hunting experiences, the horizontal , is more important as the prey moves and stops along a horizontal ground , you only slightly lower or raise a bow vertically for distance . I use the double bull that opens at the center a d is adjustable both horizontally and vertically . I’ll attach a brushed in photo , that I used last spring .

From: cut it out
Date: 08-Jan-22




Using not jawing?? Dam auto correct lol

From: cut it out
Date: 08-Jan-22




Using not jawing?? Dam auto correct lol

From: bluesman
Date: 08-Jan-22




If I remember right the height is only 68” and the width about 70”. I “cant “ a fair amount naturally so it’s not an issue . I used my black powder last spring , but have taken a turkey with a 56” recurve and 62” longbow from the blind .

From: bluesman
Date: 08-Jan-22




The great advise above of “practice” out of it is the best advice so far . Not all of us shoot the bow with the same style . So the right blind for you might vary. Using the shortest bow you shoot well is probably your best choice . From your question I’m guessing you have not hunted out of one or you wanted other opinions . Try it with your favourite bow .

From: bluesman
Date: 08-Jan-22




The other great thing about blinds , you can sit , move , eat a sandwich, have a thermos of hot coffee , etc .

I like them , but also hunt with ghillie or leafy with cover . Never hurts to diversify.

From: bluesman
Date: 08-Jan-22




Beemann

That looks like a great set up you have there . And beautiful bird !

From: cut it out
Date: 08-Jan-22

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Practice is the best advise for sure

From: cut it out
Date: 08-Jan-22

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Practice is the best advise for sure

Here is a hidden hunter.

From: Danel
Date: 08-Jan-22




Some nice set ups and great advice. Helps avoid buyers remorse.

Thanks

From: Danel
Date: 08-Jan-22




Some nice set ups and great advice. Helps avoid buyers remorse.

Thanks

From: RD
Date: 08-Jan-22




One other thing I learned the hard, If you're going to set up in WINDY conditions like Antelope hunting get a heavy blind 600 denier, it doesn't flap like lighter blinds.

From: Real Buckmaster
Date: 08-Jan-22




Blind Bow dumbest thing I ever heard of. Use what you got any bow will work. I would practice shooting out of the blind

From: beemann Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Jan-22




Bluesman thats a wicked good looking setup. Id brush em in like that if we had trees in my part of ND.... haha They always look like a tick on a bald guys head where I set em....

From: Katman
Date: 08-Jan-22




Baronett big mike and a 69"asl, no worries.

From: beemann Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Jan-22




Real Buckmaster you having a bad day? Jeez.

From: Ron LaClair
Date: 09-Jan-22

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I've used the Hidden Hunter blind for years. Here's a picture of me using my66" David Miller longbow.

From: David McLendon
Date: 09-Jan-22




I have a older Double Bull recurve model that I have used a 64" LB with, I could probably use my 66" too, just haven't tried it yet.

From: Stuart
Date: 09-Jan-22




Some fantastic advise in this thread! Definitely love the Barnett blinds. Picked up a pair on sale from Home Depot of all places.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Jan-22




Another here that uses Baronett Big Mike

From: BigB
Date: 01-Feb-22




I got one of those Home Depot Barnett blinds too Stuart!! Who would have thought lol. I use a 60" Yellowstone Hunter Longbow and can shoot it out of it just fine.

From: Juancho
Date: 01-Feb-22




I use up to my 64" Black Widow MA II without a problem. I went to Cabelas when they had a sale on some blinds and went inside of them and picked up one I was sure would work. Is big enough that I can load my kentuky flintlock with a 44" barrel too. The nice thing about it is that it has those shoot thru mesh , great for turkeys. My last turkey I shot with my bow from the blind at 8 feet, thanks to the mesh that makes you invisible. I did it to see how close I could take a turkey from the blind.

From: Fall Gray
Date: 01-Feb-22




Javaman has a new Elkheart Magnum in 50", 52", and 54" that I shot at K'Zoo. VERY impressed that even the 52" & 54" could handle my 30" draw!! Smooth and Quick too!!

From: tradmt
Date: 01-Feb-22




Depends on the blind, I had a Big Mike? that I could stand and shoot a Super mag 48. Currently using a Double Bull, can’t remember the model but it’s one of the pre-primos models and a 56” bow fits from a seated position no problem.

From: Heat Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-Feb-22




I have a Double Bull pop up blind. I hunted in it with my 56" recurve, but I think a 54" or even 52" bow would be better in such a confined space.

From: KenWood
Date: 01-Feb-22




I use a baronette big Mike. I’m 6’4” and shoot minimum 64” bows. I cant the bow a great deal but really feel more comfortable with the extra ceiling room.

From: Two Feathers
Date: 01-Feb-22




I have a Hidden Hunter like the one in cut it out's picture. Besides not having any issues with height inside for shooting the best thing I liked was not having any issues with heavy snow collapsing the ceiling or sides. Same thing with heavy winds collapsing sides or any fiberglass poles breaking. But I did find out it's not bear proof.

From: iowacedarshooter
Date: 01-Feb-22

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shot a 10 point out of this blind last nov. with a bear super mag. 48'' bow. worked good but i'm going to build another a little bigger. sure is nice with a little buddy heater especially at 80 years old i'm kind of wimpy! lol

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-Feb-22




If you decide on a Barronett Big Mike, and want to shoot through the mesh windows.It can be done just shoot through the lower half of them. All parts are replaceable and the patch kits work well.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 02-Feb-22




I hunted out of my buddy's popup blind last year a couple days. I don't like them much due to cutting down your vision, but I had plenty of room for my 68" Blackhawk longbow and could have shot it in a vertical mode. I think it was an Ameristep model. If you have a stool over a foot high you will have plenty of lower limb clearance.





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