Hunting with blinds or stands is becoming more If you are thinking about building your own blind, we have hunting blind plans for deer and ducks. Manufactured deer stands can be costly, taking more out of your recreational budget than you can afford. Deer stands can be costly when purchasing from a store, and they're also very difficult to transport.
It used to be that if you wanted to do some serious deer hunting, you did it from a tree stand.
You can buy a commercially made blind, of which there are many to choose from, but if you are even remotely skilled with a hammer, nails, and a hand saw, you can build your own.
When my wife and I first moved into our house, the previous owners had left an abundance of materials left over from some renovations.
I started off using some pine logs for the foundation, and nailed some wooden slats to the front and sides for support.
The parts of the blind that really matters the most but is often overlooked are the openings that you are going to be shooting from. I then took a couple of cans of Krylon’s flat camouflage paint and sprayed on a coat of green, brown, and black. In most situations, the easiest and most effective way to hunt deer is from an elevated tree stand. If you take your time and do a good job building the stand and securing it to the tree, you can count on hunting out of that stand for years--and maybe decades--to come. Screw four 3-foot sections of 2-inch-by-4-inch boards together to form a square, with the two side beams running in between the front and back beams.
Lay the nine 3-foot sections of 1-inch-by-4-inch boards horizontally across the top of your platform frame. Bring the ladder, the platform and the remaining materials into the woods at your chosen stand location. Place the platform on its side and slide the top of the ladder underneath the front of the platform, so that the top of the ladder legs fit snugly against the two center support beams on the platform. Run a 6-foot 2-inch-by-four-inch board from the back end of each center support beam back to each ladder rung, also securing them with hex bolts. Raise the stand up against the tree so that the platform is level and the base of the ladder has firm footing on the ground. Run a 6-foot 2-inch-by-four-inch board from a spot around the middle of the left ladder leg to the tree, securing it to the ladder with a single hex bolt and to the tree with at least two lag bolts. If you will be using the stand primarily for gun hunting, consider building rails around the perimeter of the platform. When hunting on private land, get permission from the landowner before building a permanent wooden stand. Construction projects -- from small residential structures to large industrial buildings -- utilize wood beams. Our Quadpod Kit was designed to give our customers an economical way to elevate the blind based on the height needed for different hunting situations. The 6' trap door Hunter Blind platform gives the Hunter Blind buyer an economical, all inclusive kit to elevate their trap door Hunter Blind. By clicking Confirm bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab.
By clicking 1 Click Bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. A Man's Tree Stand is His castle The Benefits of a Permanent Tree Hunting Stand The first morning of the whitetail deer hunting season in southern Georgia would not be welcomed by many hunters because of the pouring rain. Getting Started Attaching the Stand to the TreeYou may find it helpful to construct the means of getting up to the tree stand as the first step in the assembly process. Genetics, rarity, ancient Native American hunting outlook and more are covered in this article. It's a dream many of us have cherished at one time or another - the primitive desire to escape to a simple, idealistic existence, living off the land - where Mother Nature, rather than Tesco, satisfies our stomachs. Daydreams and adventure novels aside, most of us would never contemplate doing what author Nick Weston, a latter-day Robinson Crusoe, actually did - building and living in a treehouse in the woods of southern England, foraging for food, in a six-month experiment to see if it was possible to live as a 21stcentury hunter-gatherer.
Nick, 28, who appeared in Channel 4's Shipwrecked and is a self-styled survivalist, found himself short of work, thanks to the credit crunch, but chose to turn the situation to his advantage by seeking to fulfil a boyhood dream of living self-sufficiently in a treehouse he'd built himself near Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Nick duly trawled the internet, public library and local DIY stores for information about how to go about building his new life - and last April embarked on his challenge. So he allowed himself 'a few staples' to enhance the fresh produce he got from hunting or from the vegetable patch he cultivated next to his treehouse.
He charted his progress in a blog which averaged 2,000 hits a day - and it wasn't long before his adventure captured the attention of the media.
I spend the next couple of days digging the ground of my new vegetable patch, making my own fencing and building wigwams for my runner beans. It's been a horrible weekend of saying goodbyes and clearing out the London flat I shared with my girlfriend, Clare. Today has made me realise just how much work needs to go into the opening stages of a project like this. I manage to shoot a rabbit for dinner and eat it with some steamed nettles, but I hadn't realised how long the tree house would take to make. I've decided I can't live in the wood full-time until the treehouse is finished, though it feels a cop-out. I'm a real meat-lover and I find I get extremely anxious - almost panicky - by the evening if I have no protein for the table. I've now made myself a comfortable bed and, thanks to my hard work, I am well-fed, so I am pretty content.
I'd like to explore a bit further afield and hit upon the idea of making a trip along the river in a coracle I'm building myself. I think there's a Huckleberry Finn deep in every boy who wants to explore a river and sleep rough - and this little excursion is my chance to do it. Today is my last night alone in the treehouse, and as I wander out to hunt a rabbit for supper, I think about how much the seasons have changed and how my life has been intertwined with them.
Nick's biggest single expense was the A?170 he spent on lengths of new timber for the foundations of his treehouse. Then slowly over the years lease properties became popular, where not every owner wanted to take the risk of someone falling out of a tree and getting sued, so ground blinds literally began springing up. A ground blind has to do one thing and do it well, hide your presence from wildlife, whether it is a whitetail or a strutting tom turkey. So during the warm months of the spring I set out to work on my blind (make sure that you set your blind up early enough so that animals can get accustomed to it by the season opener). Since I was using scraps, the front and sides became more or less a patchwork, but they were solid. I have seen a lot of the commercial blinds with teeny tiny openings that do the job, but limit your peripheral vision.

I cut out the metal mesh and then nailed two windows side-by-side together and one on each side of the framework. Maybe you don’t need a huge tent like structure for yourself, or maybe you cannot afford it. And if you've got a spot where you know you'll be hunting for years to come, you can't beat a homemade wooden tree stand for comfort and convenience. Put two screws in each at either end and at each of the two vertical support beams, for a total of eight screws in each plank. The ladder should be perpendicular to the platform or at a slight angle outward toward the bottom.
Using the ratchet, place a 4-inch hex bolt, ½-inch in diameter, through each side, securing it on the back with a washer and a nut.
The galvanized steel legs and braces are better than painted steel because they ensure you of many years of use without maintenance. Two-person Quadpods and Quadpod Kits are designed for a 500 pound maximum load; four-person Quadpod Kits are designed for a 1000 pound maximum load. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. If you are planning to use spikes or screw-in foot rungs for your means of ascent, then an extension ladder will be required. The clearness in your post is just cool and that i can suppose you are an expert in this subject.
First, he set some ground rules: this was not supposed to be an exercise in all-out survival, nor was it a trial period as a hermit. These included olive oil, salt, pepper, flour, vinegar, tea, coffee, sugar, rice and yeast.
A magazine column followed - and, much to Nick's bemusement, he was even besieged by TV crews for a week in July. I spoke to some family friends, who own a large farm, and offered to do some odd jobs in return for permission to build a treehouse in their woods. The enormous pile of planks is daunting - it's time to turn my kitchen table sketches into reality. In my excitement I wake at 6.30am under the tarpaulin sheeting I've erected to serve as base camp until the treehouse is ready.
It's midnight and I'm listening to the crackle of the fire and the faint screech of an owl. Spending the day gathering and cutting materials, working on the treehouse and then having to hunt and gather food to eat is proving a real nightmare.
With a budget of only A? 30 0 for the bui lding project, I'm cutting down the wood myself with a saw.
I need to concentrate on creating my crops and home, so decide to crash out several nights a week at my parents' home nearby.
He's not scared of me and, as I don't need him for the pot just yet, I decide to call him Jeff and feed him any meagre scraps.
It's not a one-man job, so my long-suffering friends, Tom and Chris, help me put up the corrugated iron and tarpaulin sheet. Dusk was announced by the 'tak-tak' of the blackbird and the wood settled into silence at about 9.30pm.
Even though I lived here for years and have only been away for a month, I am immediately struck by the pent-up anger of my fellow commuters. The next morning I find I've caught an eel, which I stun, behead, gut and put into my portable smoker.
Usually there are plenty of rabbits and, within 15 minutes, I've bagged a medium-sized coney, which I marinate with lemon juice, wild garlic, herbs and a dash of cider vinegar before pan-frying it on Bertha along with rice, steamed hop shoots and wilted spinach from the patch. I miss surprisingly few 21st-century gadgets - though I do have my iPod with a solar-powered charger and a wind-up radio. I do miss running water - fetching supplies from the nearby farm a couple of times a week is a chore. Navigating the jungle-like tangle of plants along the river makes my surroundings feel more like Siam than Sussex.
Looking back over my time in the woods, I realise I have discovered something new almost every day.
The longest planks were bolted onto the side of the tree at a height of 2.3m (7A?ft), using five coach screws on each side, and the shorter planks were rested on top of them and also screwed into the tree. Before you build your blind, sit down and decide what you want, even draw out a little blueprint or scheme. After I nailed them together, I used some insulating foam in all of the gaps which also helped add strength.
Nothing will spook that big buck more than a doe that you didn’t see taking off at full speed for parts unknown. Just by using scrap materials the only money I had into my blind was some nails, foam, and paint—maybe twenty dollars at the most and that’s a big maybe.
You won't have to worry about setting up the stand at the start of the hunt or taking it down and lugging it back to the truck at the end of the hunt. Gather the 10 18-inch pieces of 1-inch-by-4-inch boards, which will serve as the ladder rungs. Measure nine inches in from either side, and place the remaining two 3-foot lengths of 2-inch-by-4-inch boards running vertically from front to back. Use an extension ladder to secure the back beam of the platform to the tree with three lag bolts. The Quadpod only weighs about 150 pounds allowing two people to pick up the Quadpod with a blind attached and easily move the unit. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. If you intend to build a strong ladder or other stair device you can use these as a means of conveying the boards and other necessities aloft. Your tips on how to build a tree stand that will pass the tests of time had me remembering my childhood tree house.When it rained, the rain drops hitting the metal roof made it impossible to hear a thing. Fine together with your permission allow me to take hold of your RSS feed to keep updated with imminent post. Life would go on as normal, except for his diet and living arrangements - because he wanted to enjoy the experience and not feel he had to struggle through a ridiculous challenge he had set himself. This also included spending a couple of hundred pounds on wood and equipment to make his treehouse, which Nick vowed to build using recycled and natural materials as much as possible.
Nick also kept a diary of the joys and hardships of tree-top living, which have now been published as a new book.
My new landlords seem intrigued by the idea - so now it's time to begin this whole crazy adventure. A local garage gives me an old one - and, with the help of a jigsaw, a drill, pliers, bolts, a hinge and a few L-brackets, I convert it into a stove I've named Bertha, after the extraordinarily capable factory machine in the 1970s TV show Bertha I watched as a kid.

I am pleased with my surroundings, but to be honest, I'm a touch anxious about living on my own in a wood. There just aren't enough hours in the day and I am finding it more exhausting than I'd anticipated. Over the next weeks I will be able to devote myself to making the flooring and building a shower from a bucket and a watering can. We finish - just in time to retreat from a deluge of Biblical proportions, which sets in for the night. Tonight, I enjoyed my first salad from the garden: lettuce, spinach topped with wild garlic, bitter cress and a handful of garden peas added to a bowl of rice cooked in stock. I'm purposely avoiding the doom and gloom of the news and mostly listen to Radio 4 for company. But most of all I miss Clare and the company of my friends, though many of them are coming down at weekends to escape the city now the weather is hot. While it's illegal to shoot one, I decided that this was my chance to try badger meat, so took it home to skin.
I have become aware of the culinary versatility of our native flora and fauna - and now consider rabbits, pigeons, hop shoots and nettles as if they were everyday ingredients. The roof was a couple of sections of plywood nailed onto a makeshift frame of small pine logs. The rear of the blind is a thick heavy dark colored cloth that allows me to blend in when wearing my camouflage hunting gear.
The blind survived our tough Adirondack winter and forty inches of snow on that plywood roof with no ill effects. Starting 18 inches from the bottom, place the first 1-inch-by-4-inch board flat across the legs of the ladder, flush at both ends. Those will serve as center support beams and there should be exactly 18 inches between them. Now I'm worried about how I'm going to feed myself properly and build a tree house at the same time. Later in the month I splash out A?10 at a demolition yard on a mahogany seat for the loo I'm building over a pit I've dug. I offer them a bottle of my home-brewed nettle beer (which tastes more like cider) and we eat dinner.
Looking out at a moonlit wood is a bit unnerving: the shadows form familiar shapes, but I keep waiting for movement. I'd always thought that if push came to shove he'd end up in the pot, but Mother Nature pulled the strings not me. I made badger burgers from the meat and I tried them out on plenty of people - the feedback was pretty positive. And as my vegetable patch will only feed me until November and the wild larder only supplies 60 per cent of my food, staying here all winter is not going to be feasible. My bond with the countryside has also become stronger than ever, but, most of all, my time in the woods has given me confidence. Support posts were made by chopping down surrounding sycamore, hazel and ash treesA  -A  and these were fitted with a wooden foot to spread the load of the final tree house.
Then with a ratchet, screw a ½-inch diameter lag bolt through the board and into the tree. Easily converts from the outside door entry to the trap-door-through-the-floor blind option.
Climbing up, down, or getting in or out of a blind is dangerous and must be done with caution. We size up the tree I've chosen to build my house around and decide we need to cut down some trees to make support posts. I'm going to use sawdust and ash from Bertha as my home-made waste disposal system, but I reckon I need a decent loo seat - besides I also want to keep Clare happy on her weekend visits to the treehouse.
As I listen to the rhythmic drumming of the rain, it feels more like being in a rainforest than the Sussex countryside.
These were dropped into a pit 30cm (12in) deep and covered with soil, which nick and his friends packed down with their feet. Step-by-Step Plans For Building An Affordable, Easily Portable, Easy To Build 4×4 Box Blind Deer Stand. It wouldn’t do well to have spent all that time on the blind only to get wet while watching for a deer. All elevated blinds with Quadpods must be adequately tied down for securing during high winds and overall stability.
I am also craving company - I'm finding the solitary lifestyle harder to cope with than I'd thought.
How the tree stand is attached to the tree depends not only on the type of tree selected, but on the design of the tree stand you have chosen to build.
We build a fire pit and tuck into some supper before getting into our sleeping bags for a well-earned rest. I now know that no matter how bad or desperate times become, I can always go back - to the woods, the fields and the places where wild things roam free - and not only survive, but thrive.GOING UP! I'm lying on the hard ground, but I think a sore back is going to be the least of my worries.. He was determined to make his house as attractive as possible, so was delighted to hit on the idea of using dead y-shaped oak branches to add character to the balcony banisters. Try to allow some movement of the tree stand itself to alleviate stress to the tree and stand. It is entirely possible to use stainless steel strapping to hold the tree stand onto the tree limbs or trunk but be very certain the straps are securely fastened.
Next came the roof lintel, which was fixed to the tree with coach screws and l brackets, while the other end rested in a convenient fork of the support post and was screwed into place using builders band.
The rafters could then be fittedA  -A  and came from birch trees from a different part of the wood, so as not to denude the area. These bolts need to be checked before every deer hunting season to make sure they havena€™t grown into the tree causing the supporting rafters to split or break. Birch was also used for the ladder, which had seven rungs, split in half to ensure a tight fit in the ladder notches and a flat surface for screws.
This is a very important maintenance procedure to extend the life of the stand and possibly the hunter using the tree stand. When fitting the sheets together it was important to ensure they overlapped by at least two 'peaks and troughs' to form a weatherproof seal. One of the firms he had once worked for donated some Perspex for the windows, which he fitted into frames he had laboriously made himself.

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