This year I've moved away from cutting down my wife's ornamental landscaping grass and switched to Avery's® RealGrass. It's relatively cheap--$49.99 for four 4' wide panels--and creates a great 3D effect that moves naturally in the slightest breeze. The color tones match that of late summer to late fall field grasses. When snow falls, it naturally falls between the leaves. It looks great out in the woods, in a grassy field, or along the edge of a farmer's field.
I first used them at my folks' 23 acres for duck hunting. Their hardwood pond gets hammered by woodies in the fall and hunting ducks provides great fun and great eating. We tested two blind sizes down there and had good results. After using the grass panel blinds for duck hunting, I started setting them up all over the place for "natural looking" ground blinds for bowhunting. Sometimes I even set them up on opposite sides of the same deer trail. Backed with garden fencing, you can roll them up, tie them up and move them around. The best thing is you can use them right away--the same day you set them up. You don't have to wait for deer to become accustomed to them and you don't have to brush them in…they are the brush.
You will need:
- Avery's® RealGrass panels (pkg. of four 4' x 4') available at most sporting goods stores
- 12' of 2" x 4" 14-gauge garden fencing 4' high
- 3' lightweight posts (3)
- Tan camo spray paint
- Zip ties
Spray paint the garden fencing and the lightweight posts with tan camo paint. Use zip ties to connect the RealGrass panels and posts to the fencing material. Put a post on each end and one in the middle. Roll it up as tight as you can. Use a kayak or canoe strap to cinch it and keep it rolled tight, and then tie off the other end to make a shoulder strap for carrying it into the field. Push the posts into the ground where you want the blind, then fold the center panel and grass down a bit for better clearance. This type of blind works best if there is taller brush behind you.
For most blind set-ups I use three panels. This duck grass blind, paired with a HuntMore 360° chair, just plain works! It also keeps my wife happy.
Editor's Note: Scott Hoffman knows a lot about hunting from a blind. He is the designer of the HuntMore 360° Chair. A quiet, comfortable camp chair that is great for sitting in a blind.