Enclosed Box Blind-Wind Direction Matter

2/1/18 @ 3:49 PM
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SJB
SJB
USER since 7/16/01

Due to various reasons, my days of hugging a tree as my only way to hunt are waning and I purchased 2 fully enclosed box blinds with foldable windows that I am preparing for next year.  I have never hunted out of ones of these before and I am curious, do I need to worry about wind direction like I do in a tree stand or ground blind?  My gut tells me I still do, but it won't be as much of a factor.  If I don't need to at all, I have some unique placed I would like to set up that I have not been able to place due to prevailing West winds I get in this area in the fall. 

In one particular place, I have a ridge where I would like to place a blind. My food plot will be only 20 yards from where I would like the blind.  Would I be able to hunt this with a downwind into the foodplot? 

Those who have hunted out of blinds, do you find when deer are downwind you don't get busted?  I am really careful with my stand selection for the day and in 25+ hunts last year, was only winded twice.  Both times were old does who picked me out in the tree, circled down wind and busted me via their nose.  One is in the freezer. 

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2/8/18 @ 11:37 AM
Fish4ice
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I don't mean to lump into your post, but I was also considering getting out of my tree stand and putting up a box blind. 

My biggest question is in regards to a crossbow. Can you shoot a crossbow out of most blinds? Do people add extra insulation to damper sound? What's a good brand that doesn't break the bank? 

Again, don't mean to lump my post into yours. 

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2/8/18 @ 10:07 AM
SJB
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Thanks for your POV Cold Front - I think we have different type of set ups.  Near my FP I have refuges that I never go into (except tracking deer).  That is where most of my deer come from.  If I were to set up a stand between their bedding area and feeding area, I would be in or very near the refuge. 


I also hear you about being able to get in and out without being detected.  I always put those thought into my stand locations as well.  One stand I have right now I cross a river to come in undetected.  Can become a real pain when we get any heavy rain in fall, but works otherwise. 

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2/6/18 @ 2:40 PM
Cold Front
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SJB  My point was to not be too concerned about shooting deer while they are on the plot. If your plot is drawing deer, you will see the trails leading to them. Walk those trails back and look for a good vantage point to shoot them while they are coming or going during bow season. Keep a lane open for gun season that extends to the plot. The next question is can you get to the stand without spooking anything? You will have a lot of time and money in a box blind. You will want to hunt it often.You need to be able to 1. get to your stand and 2. get up in the stand without putting on a show for the local talent. 3.Figure out the prevailing winds that would allow you to use that location. It takes a lot of time to figure all that out. I have one stand that only gets used when there is a south or south east wind. I often think that maybe I could have done better on that one, however when the wind is right, it is a sweet set-up. Mrt.

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2/5/18 @ 2:16 PM
Mr.Bass1984
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I think having a fully enclosed box blind helps, but doesn't solve the scent issue completely.  From my experience of hunting out of our 12'-14' box blinds, granted mine aren't fully enclosed, the deer just walk right past them like anything else in the forest.  The deer consider it a part of their environment.  However, if I'm in there and a mature deer walks downwind I can almost guarantee they will smell me because from past experience they move very cautiously if not completely turning around.  I like hunting out of the blinds, but I don't like shooting my bow out of it.  I think if you just hunt it for wind direction like you would any other stand you won't have any issues.

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2/5/18 @ 9:57 AM
SJB
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Thanks for your replies  (except for i-up, you are a tool.  Your post is of zero help.)


Ihookem - You are probably right.  Betting against a deer's nose is a seldom win, even in a box blind. 


Long Barrels - I was thinking more about your post.  The way I have my food plots set up (in a heavy ag area), they are a staging area prior to the deer heading out in the evening to feed.  Most of the time, the deer hang out 10-20 min before leaving to feed in the fields.  During rut, bucks will come in and do a check.  My food plots purposely  have growth in the middle so the buck have to do more than a step out and look and move on type of thing.  They have to enter the FP and make their way around to search for a doe.  Therefore, that really quick shot I don't think is my case and I should have time - at least that is what my thinking is.  Feel free to poke holes in my theory. 

And thermals - all of my stands are perched in the high area of where I am hunting.  Understanding thermals a bit, the box blind should only help, right?  If the windows are closed, and the box blind is sealed all around, I should not be at risk until I open a window.  Am I thinking about this the wrong way?


Cold front - how close can I get away with a box blind?  Right now most of my stands for my foodplots are within 20 yards of the edge of my fp, to still make 40-45 yard shots.  Even with that being said, with my fp in the 1/4-1 acre size, I can't shoot due to range in most spots. 

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2/2/18 @ 7:02 PM
Jared
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MEMBER since 7/22/01

I've had deer, even small bucks walk inbetween the ladder and tree on a regular ladder stand. I didn't have my scentlock, cover scent or ozonics!

I think sometimes they might smell you, but if you don't move or make any noise they'll be on edge, but won't immediately take off.

In my opinion, you can have all the fancy smancy scent elimination products, but your best bet is to play the wind.  

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2/2/18 @ 5:13 PM
One shot one kill
One shot one kill
MEMBER since 8/12/02

My box blind is 16 feet above the ground , and I have had deer walk under me feeding . 

During turkey season I have had deer sniff the outside of cloth portable blinds .

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2/2/18 @ 12:14 PM
pike eyes
pike eyes
USER since 12/28/10

A little tip when its not occupied have a stick that sticks up over the top with a hat on it.

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2/2/18 @ 11:53 AM
Cold Front
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I have hunted out of box blinds with no windows for a few years now. Your scent is better contained than when sitting out but it is still a factor. DO NOT put the stands close to a food plot. Put it in the nearest funnel or pinch point a safe distance from the food or else your stand will be of little value after a few sits. There is nothing worse than being stuck up in a stand while your deer are on the fields. It will happen almost every PM sit until you make your deer totally nocturnal. I have 4 box stands out on my 80. I have 1 for each wind direction. All are set up so I can get to them quickly without going more than 80 yards off a driveway or road. Do not put your stands in areas that you have to screw up your land by walking through your cover. Get your stands ready in early September and don't use them until the rut . Your neighbors will shove the deer to your property until you move them off by screwing them up. That is my 2 cents. If your land is anywhere near Montello, please disregard the above. Mrt.

Edited on 2/2/18 11:55 AM
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2/2/18 @ 7:18 AM
.Long Barrels
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early season you should be able to get away with a lot more with the thermals rising.  I've had limited experience out blinds and to be honest it's much more tough than you'd imagine.  It's like sturgeon spearing,  you kind of only got one shot,  one window of opportunity and it is small, you have to be ready and that is easier said then done.    

I don't have any experience with hunting a food plot downwind cause I typically won't hunt the stand with that situation.  However,  i've had mature doe come in downwind and end up directly under me many times and they have no idea I was there.

It's going to take some time.  My advice would be, set em up where you want with the assumption that next spring you'll be moving and tweaking them

I like the boxes at times with the bow,  but it hasn't been an easy go for me hunting out of them as far as success.

Edited on 2/2/18 7:21 AM
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