Get Lost in Ground Blinds

Learn how you can become one with your surroundings by choosing the best blind for your hunt, whether you're after turkey or deer.

| November/December 2019


It was well before sunrise on opening day of the 2019 Kansas spring firearm turkey season. I didn’t bust any turkeys from their roosts as I snuck into the timber and settled into a brush blind near a large oak tree. As the eastern sky began to lighten, a crow cawed. Gobbles of tom turkeys erupted from the trees about 80 yards to the east. I thought to myself, “This is the perfect setup. Perhaps after daybreak, I’ll call them over.” The toms gobbled again. The next gobble almost knocked me over because it was so close. I slowly turned my head and scanned the limbs above for the bird. I located him in a tree a few yards to the west, 25 feet off the ground. Against the slate-colored sky, I saw another tom roosted in a tree 30 yards to the south. With their close proximity, I began to worry about being spotted by the sharp-eyed birds. From past experience, I knew it wouldn’t take much for them to spot me. Suddenly, the gobbles stopped, and alarm putts started. Then, I heard the whoosh of wings flapping as the big bird flew away.


I slowly moved my shotgun and rested it on a couple of the brush blind’s limbs so it was pointing toward where I hoped the closest tom would land after he flew from his roost. I tucked my legs under the brush blind, snuggled against the old oak, and waited for the flight, hoping my camouflage clothing and the brush blind were making me invisible.


As time passed, I became more confident that I wouldn’t be spotted. I was glad I’d chosen the brush blind for this hunt. I relaxed and enjoyed nature’s early morning chorus of chickadees, turkeys, Northern cardinals, Northern bobwhite quail, and many other animal sounds, happy for a warm spring morning after the brutal winter.

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