Bow-hunting in an Elevated Blind: Pros and Cons

Field Tactics: Blind Hunting

5/8/21
Arron Bleise

Pros and Cons of Hunting out of an Elevated Blind:

It’s no secret archery hunting out of an elevated box blind has been around for a long time but I feel like the “CRAZE” is ramping up as we speak. You see more and more archery hunters doing it year in and year out. Casey and I have adopted this method in states like Kansas with the lack of trees in our region it gives us a versatile option to chase those nomadic wily Whitetails in areas you wouldn’t normally be able to hunt them. Below I’ve listed my top Pros and Cons for you to better understand what you might be getting into if you’re starting to hunt out of a box blind with archery equipment.

PROS:

1. Concealment:

In my opinion there’s no better way to conceal yourself than in a box blind. The slow subtle movements grabbing for your bow or rangefinder is a lot easier than if you were in a treestand or ladder stand.

2. Scent Control:

Scent control is a hot ticket item around the Whitetail community and for good reason, if you beat the deer’s nose you will win… in some cases. For me in its most basic terms scent control is playing the wind. With that being said I love hunting out of a blind on winds that I normally wouldn’t be able to just because I can push the scent factor with keeping it air tight until I get my shot.

3. Versatility:

Being able to hunt in those out of the box places where there’s no trees and you know a big deer is hanging out is huge. There’s been so many times in Kansas that Casey and I glass up a big deer and he’s living in the middle of a giant CRP field with no trees around him and you kinda scratch your head and say how the heck are we going to hunt him!!! Que the elevated box blind. This is where Banks Blinds with the skid system are really handy. We take our electric Ranger, hook a rope up to the skids and drag the blind where we want it and you’re in business. The crazy thing is deer don’t bat an eye at these. This is a great way to be versatile and go where you couldn’t with a different setup.

CONS:

1. Restriction:

I think across the board when you talk to hunters and you ask them what are some cons to hunting out of a box blind, one of the top cons will be they are restricting. Some solutions that I take into consideration are. 1. Try honing in on where the majority of the deer movement is coming by the blind and set up the windows the best for those opportunities. 2. Don’t bring the kitchen sink to the blind, what I mean is don’t clutter the blind with stuff you don’t need when you need every inch of the blind to maneuver. 3. Practice shooting out of them so when you get into the field with a bruiser in front of you it just becomes second nature.

2. Mobility:

In the Pros section I talk about how versatile blinds can be but to me they aren’t mobile. Mobility and versatility are two different things in my book. When I talk about mobility I mean I can tear down and move right now. With an elevated box blind that’s not super realistic. So being mobile can be difficult in a right here, right now, pinch.

3. Filming:

Lastly a lot of people reading this are probably aware that I film hunts for a living so the lack of filming really hits home for me. At heart I want to use a tripod and have this nice smooth beautiful footage but it is so difficult to have a tripod and cover every aspect of what is going on outside of the blind. A lot of times I end up free handing the camera which helps a lot but the footage suffers sometimes so again that’s another tradeoff.