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A morning sit in the pop- up

Messages posted to thread:
tradslinger 20-Nov-23
Pa Steve 20-Nov-23
George D. Stout 20-Nov-23
bentstick54 20-Nov-23
Wapiti - - M. S. 20-Nov-23
Odie-wan 20-Nov-23
dakotabowhunter 20-Nov-23
Jamie 20-Nov-23
Jamie 20-Nov-23
tradslinger 21-Nov-23
From: tradslinger
Date: 20-Nov-23

So it was a morning sit in the pop up blind, started 30 minutes before daylight. After a quick check all around for snakes, I got inside. I had a big rat snake just outside the blind a couple of days before. A rat snake is one thing, a copperhead or rattler is another.

Soon I was comfortable in my Director's style chair as I sat waiting. My selfbow was strung and waiting as it leaned up to one side of the blind. My back quiver was behind me and I had two arrows at ready as well.

I had a small table off to my right and slightly behind me, out of the way of my bow. I had set my head light on the table after putting on my arm guard and glove. Now it was time to eat some Gramm crackers and sip on my hot chocolate, the breakfast of champions LOL.

The wind was blowing the leaves back and forth and I could hear them just fine. Back at the house, I had the slow cooker slow cooking a hearty venison stew. But now I was quietly waiting and listening for any tell tale sounds of critters moving about.

The sky to the east was beginning to lighten up and to the south of me, I could hear the mules braying again. Outside of the blind, the air was a bit chilly withy the wind but inside it wasn't so bad. Besides, I had my electric vest on if I needed it.

I'm sitting in my little bottom, between the mountain and a short ridge and I can now make out the forms of the trees in front of me. The day light is approaching quickly as the various birds come to life. Then if all things, a dog comes strolling thru, checking everything out before heading south.

The next hour is pretty quiet except for the crows that seem to be all over the place. Then I hear something in the leave and I ready my bow but it is a false alarm as a grey squirrel works the leaves in front of me.

I had brushed in the front and sides of this blind and now I hear another squirrel climbing around on it just a couple of feet from me. Twice the squirrel tries to climb the side of the blind so I pop the side with my hand.

So I watch the squirrels as they chase each other back and forth before a woodpecker flies in and starts working on the dead tree next to my blind. Now all I hear is the constant sound of stuff falling down and hitting the top of my blind.

Finally, my time is up and I must get going, no deer again but it is just a timing thing. I am really liking the pop up, I can stand up and move around even with the squirrels just feet away. With my bad back and hip, I seem to move a lot and I can use all of the help that I can get and the pop up hides my movements.

While I may not have seen a deer, the peace and quiet of being out there in the blind was worth it. The chaos and the non stop drama of life can really make any time in the blind precious. Getting to see real life nature happening around you is so much better than anything on TV. Getting to watch one of our gray foxes sneaking around as it searches for food is always an awesome sight to see.

Yeah, some may say that it was a bust of a hunt but not to me. The outdoors is one of the best therapies there is. Jerry

From: Pa Steve
Date: 20-Nov-23

Totally agree. Yes, it's always great to see deer and even better to get an opportunity for a shot but none of that will happen if you're sitting on the couch watching mindless TV. Keep at it Jerry, when you least expect it an opportunity will arise.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 20-Nov-23

Sounds good Jerry. Where I live, I can walk through my back yard, and a hundred yards or so later I'm in a relatively quiet, peaceful place. Quiet, of course, is a relative term as I'm surrounded by dairy farm fields, and two miles away is the Pa. Turnpike. :) It can get noisy but that can be mostly drowned out by a good breeze, noisy crows and the cackle of Indian Hens, a slang here for Pileated Woodpeckers.

I can't stand being in a blind though, too confining and my periphery goes to hell in a handbasket quickly. I do love just sitting and listening though, and I feel bad for folks who can't have that handy for themselves.

Happy Thanksgiving.

From: bentstick54
Date: 20-Nov-23

Glad you’re getting out Jerry. The connection with nature is very good for the soul. I’ve reached the point that killing a deer is secondary to purging the mind and soul.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 20-Nov-23

Glad your getting out enjoying yourself,in what is one of the best time's to be outdoors.

From: Odie-wan
Date: 20-Nov-23

Sounds like a great sit. I had a long sit in a hang-on this fall where a squirrel looked like he wanted to jump in my lap but couldn't make himself do it. A carolina wren did land on my lap. I had one land on my longbow next to my hand a couple years ago. Enjoyable, even if you don't see a single deer.


From: dakotabowhunter
Date: 20-Nov-23

I started using pop-up blinds more the last few years. I'm just not as comfortable in a tree stand as I used to be. The only real disadvantage I have noticed is I can see my surroundings a lot better from up in a tree, but I can move around quite a bit while in a blind. I have the luxury of having a hunting buddy who owns some good hunting ground and I can put my blinds up early and let the deer get used to them. I still tree stand hunt and enjoy it once I'm in the stand, I just don't like climbing up and down the tree. I just purchased a summit climbing stand last year and I really enjoy sitting on that but I'm still learning how and when to use a climber.

From: Jamie
Date: 20-Nov-23

I just got a climber a week ago. I get what you’re saying about how and she and when to use a climber. Mine seems extremely noisy to set up. I’m reading a book gene Wensel wrote right now… he referred to climbers as overpriced rattle traps.

I think I’m going to try the pop up blind before the seasons over. I’ve only used them for turkey

From: Jamie
Date: 20-Nov-23

I just got a climber a week ago. I get what you’re saying about how and she and when to use a climber. Mine seems extremely noisy to set up. I’m reading a book gene Wensel wrote right now… he referred to climbers as overpriced rattle traps.

I think I’m going to try the pop up blind before the seasons over. I’ve only used them for turkey

From: tradslinger
Date: 21-Nov-23

Another nice thing about the pop ups is when it is raining and you are inside one instead of getting soaked. I stake mine down and try to have them between trees if possible to tie to and keep them secure in bad weather. I always try to brush them in, even with old brown dead brush from last year just to break them up. I always rake out a clean spot for it and then rake the stuff up against the bottom edge of the blind to seal it better, mainly to help keep snakes from crawling under. it only takes one to make you aware of them LOL. My wife brings blankets to wrap up in because she can get away with movement inside of the blinds. If I bring one of the smaller grandkids along, they don't have to be as still plus they can even lie down if they want to.

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