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I want to take the little guy with me this year and I'm considering buying one of the tent like versions of a ground blind. Anyone use them. If so,what make? model? Pro's con's?? Any input would be helpful. I'm thinking about this company http://www.doublebullarchery.com/store_blinds.html
 

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I PURCHASED AN AMERISTEP LAST YEAR TO TAKE OUT A NEW HUNTER 13 YRS OLD AND IT WORKED PRETTY WELL- WE WOULD GET OUT EARLY SET IT UP AND BRUSH IT IN AND ID HAVE A FEW DEER WITHIN BOW RANGE BUT NO SHOTS - IT WAS DEFINITELY FUN AND INTERESTING- WE HAD ONE SMALL DOE SNEEK UP ON US AND WAS 5 FT FROM BLIND (BUT NOT AT A PROPER SHOOTING ANGLE)I LOOK FWD TO USING IT AGAIN- WILL BE GOOD FOR A LITTLE GUY SO HE CAN BRING SOME STUFF TO ALSO KEEP HIM BUSY
 

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That's what I figured...He can't fall out of a tree on the ground and the blind will keep his fidgetty nature hidden!!! Does the model you purchased have enough space for 2 hunters and head room etc. What features would you like to see in a blind. I've never hunted out of one so I don't know what features are needed...??? Easy set-up easy portability... Shooting windows? Frame construction. I'm cluless. I don't want buy a piece of s*#t. And some of the blinds are $400.00 and more[mad]
 

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Ive only heard good things about Double Bull blinds. For the price of them, Id hope they were perfect.

I also know though, that Ameristep makes some great blinds, and if you plan on bowhunting out of them with two people, you should look at the larger more square ones. I believe the one is called the doghouse.

I have an Ameristep outhouse, that is good for one bowhunter, but not enough room for two.

Also, as was mentioned, you should really take the time to brush a blind in, deer and other animals really take notice of them, and will steer clear of them if just set up like a sore thumb.

I will try to find some of the blinds Ive heard really good things about, and post links.

Have a good one---Matt
 

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Ok, the Ameristeps you want to look at are the Doghouse, and Brickhouse.

Eastman Outfitters (which used to be Gametracker) also makes some good blinds at great prices. Look at the Eastman Outfitters Carbon Venture Blind.

If you have the money, and dont mind spending it, Double Bull is supposedly the way to go, but I couldnt spend that much on a blind. I find the Ameristeps are very easy to set up and easy to pack in and out. I have also heard great things about the Eastmans, and you cant beat their prices!

Best of luck trying to find a blind---Matt
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Thanks Matty.. I really appreciate it. Hopefully I've got a good 20 yrs of tree stand climbing capability!!! But there are times when a ground blind would fit perfectly.
 

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I have an Eastmans. Basically a copy of the double bull in size, shape and hub style set up. I got mine with the safari system (like strips of camo netting) for less than $100 off ebay. The fabric is thicker than the ameristeps, and the camo pattern (river bottom) is not as dark either. I am 6'5" and can easily draw my bow while sitting comfortably in the blind. Have not hunted out of it yet, but will this season.

-dan
 

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i have the ameristep doghouse and it is a decent size for me and my hunting buddy - unfortunately we did not have a shot opportunity where we had to draw back but practicing in the blind seemed to be ok - not very good height and you would be shooting from a kneeling position - we bring a stool and bucket to sit on - set up is fairly easy and quick but i recommend practicing a few times in the back yard (my neighbors in suburbia love that) shooting widows are decent but there is no rear window so when deer are feeding behind you it gets pretty intense!
 

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My sister bought me a "Hunters View" ground blind as a christmas gift. The wig wam model is easy to set up and has advantage como, with gun and bow ports on all sides. Two adults fit with fold up chairs and room to spare.Major problem is trying to refold it to fit back in the bag.
 

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i bought the lightning blind from cabelas. i bought it from the hamburg store in pennsy so i had a chance for the salesman to show me the features. they had quite a few set up to look at. the salesman told me if you couldnt set this blind up in 15 seconds something is wrong. it sets up like an umbrella. you just push the supports upward and it locks in. its also like 6foot tall so you can stand in it and fit 2 adults with room to spare. also has shoot through windows all around it 360" . i cant wait ti try it this year. i paid 159$ on sale at the store. they always seem to have specials at the store only.
 

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I bought a Dog House blind a couple years back. Between my father and I, we have used it twice. Its plenty easy to set up and room enough for two, but there are some draw backs.

If you hunt in September, it can turn into an oven in there. Also, it takes alot longer to see your pins in the morning and you are done alot sooner in the pm. If you drop the window behind you for more light and there's no cover behind you, your silloette will be pronounced. And it may be just me, but I have a hell of a time getting it back in the bag, esp when its dark.

Just my .02
 

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there is a guy on ebay that sells a cabelas knock-off, same as the lightning set model but without the cabelas name or price tag. I guess the company that makes them sells them under another name too. I picked mine up on ebay for 65 bucks and really cant tell the difference.
 

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I received delivery of my Double Bull Matrix ground blind today and it appears there will be plenty of room for myself and my 5 year old. I'm pretty sure I will be able to hog tie him and gag him without a single deer being alerted to my presence!! :D:p:D



 

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I've been using a Double Bull blind for a few years now. Shot quite a few deer out of it including 2 nice bucks. Its best to set it up against something, that way you only have to look out the front and maybe the side. Trying to look in all directions becomes quite a chore after a hour or so. I'am very happy with it, but I would buy the bigger one. It has the room you need to move around especially if you have a partner with you.....good luck
 
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