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    Default how long does it take for deer to get used to a ground blind?

    found a nice spot with a good amount of deer tracks, put a trail cam out and saw good deer movement, mostly does and a few small bucks. i put up a collapsible camo ground blind 4 days ago and reset the trail cam,checked my trailcam today and not one single deer has been by since! lol
    i'm assuming the ground blind is scaring them off right? archery season starts in 15 days.

    should they be used to it by then?

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    Is it brushed in out out to its self?I try to set mine up with either trees or brush to break it up and fit into the surroundings. I put a doghouse blind up on the edge of a powerline 2 years ago and had 2 does within 20 ft of it within 3 hours,never payed it any attention. I think it'll be fine by the 15th.

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    It will take them a few days but you should be fine by opening day....STAY OUT OF THE AREA UNTIL OPENING DAY..... Did you "brush" it in?? Take limbs and vegatation and put around the blind....Make it look like part of the the surroundings.....Don't put it too close to where you expect the deer to come through...
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    i brushed it in a little, i tied branches to it on all 4 corners and put it in the middle of some tall weeds, then i cut 3 shooting lanes through the brush. i could definitely brush it in more..........should i do that or leave it alone?

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    If you can do it in the next few days it should be ok.

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    You've got 2 wks from today until opening day......All the scent that you are leaving is doing more harm than not enough brush IMHO.......If you gonna brush some more get it done ASAP....
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    im gonna go back tomorrow morning. i have a bottle of spray scent remover, should i spray the blind down with it?

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    I don't think there is a right or wrong answer regarding when and how to set up ground blinds... I love hunting off the ground and can't count the number of times I've left a stand in the morning and seen something that made me want to change setups for that afternoon. Before I had popup blinds I used to carry a ball of twine and a pocket knife. I'd just back into a tree or blowdown and cut some limbs and tie them up to create a blind that morning and then sneak back in that afternoon. Now I'd just head in a little early and take my pop up in with me, set it up and hunt. I've had enough success with both to convince me that if I want to hunt somewhere I'll figure out how to do it... I'm not saying it might not make a deer nervous but they aren't typically that scared of inanimate objects. Things change daily in nature and deer get over it. Deer don't leave the country every time a tree falls are a farmer bails hay. If something doesn't smell bad or move chances are they may not even notice it. Anyone who's parked there truck along the edge of a field and walked to their stand only to watch deer feeding closer to the truck knows they can be funny that way... It's all about the situation.
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    Probably wouldn't hurt......Some rain would be better on the blind......
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    thanks a lot for the advice. much appreciated

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    Anytime I need to go into the woods this close to season and do some work I'll do my best to keep an eye on the weather. I'll go in the woods a few hours before a good rain. I just received a nice bone collector ground blind and I'll be putting it up for my Dad. Tomorrow is a 30% and Monday is a 40% chance of afternoon storms. I'm hoping to get it up one of those two days.

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    I never leave pop-up blinds in the woods. If I want to hunt a place repeatedly from a ground blind I will build a blind out of natural material, as those are much more effective and don't draw attention like the big dark blob that light does not penetrate. Deer are accustomed to seeing piles of brush from a blow down, so my blinds look like a brush pile, except for the hole in the center where I sit.

    I take the pop-up blinds in and out with me each hunt. The first time the deer sees it they will stop and look, so there is your chance to drop them. If you leave them in the woods they may choose to avoid that area, or they may not be bothered by the blind, but the bottom line is you don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliecat View Post

    I take the pop-up blinds in and out with me each hunt. The first time the deer sees it they will stop and look, so there is your chance to drop them. If you leave them in the woods they may choose to avoid that area, or they may not be bothered by the blind, but the bottom line is you don't know.
    One never knows, but I found that the deer never paid my blinds any attention last year, left them in place all season.....Killed 4 bucks out the blinds.....
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    Have used them on many of our youth and handicap hunts.

    Put it up the day before and harvest deer the next day.
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    The one thing that is amazing is the acceptance of portable ground blinds today.

    I was one of the first people to start using them back in the 90's. I heard all kinds of excuses and jokes about why people did not want to hunt from a "tent". Year after year I killed more and more deer from them and learned how to use them better and better. They continue to be a valuable tool in my arsenal.

    Hunting television (deer porn) has made them "ok" to use today. The TV shows use them because they represent advertising revenue, especially from the expensive ones like Double Bull. We all know that when celebrity TV hunters use things they have to be good!!

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    We talking bow killing or 100 yard gun killing? Big difference in how the deer will react to it.
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    design a broadhead for when everything goes wrong." ~ Dr. Ashby

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    Quote Originally Posted by led0321 View Post
    We talking bow killing or 100 yard gun killing? Big difference in how the deer will react to it.

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    I put a blind up last year brushed it in and about 3 hrs later had a nice buck walk to with in 18 yds. The buck stopped, looked my way for about 15 sec, and continued right on.....I let him go, but it proves that sometimes it doesn't matter when it's set-up
    "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears open unto their prayers: But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil"

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    "...We talking bow killing or 100 yard gun killing? Big difference in how the deer will react to it...."

    Very good point.

    I've used them in the middle of a 50 acre field, 100 yards from the wood line, and deer see it and move into the field to feed after looking it over a while. An hour later you have 20 deer within shooting range of the blind. I've killed numerous deer from portable ground blinds while sitting on power line right-of-ways and road beds.

    Then there are times when you're super close to deer in a different setting. If you find yourself 15 yards from a doe with yearlings in some hardwoods, and you have a bow in hand, you better be careful when you draw or your butt will get busted.

    Like I said earlier, portable blinds are a tool. A carpenter sometimes uses a compressed air driven nail gun, and sometimes a hammer. It all depends on the situation.

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    OK! i brushed that blind to death today, could be bright orange and you might not see it! now we wait....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by andre A View Post
    OK! i brushed that blind to death today, could be bright orange and you might not see it! now we wait....................
    ....ha ha!!,hope it pays off for you andre!Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andre A View Post
    OK! i brushed that blind to death today, could be bright orange and you might not see it! now we wait....................
    Good deal.......Hope it works out for you......I was not going fool with my stands anymore but today, I took my climber to a tree that I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to hunt out of........Guess what, It's going to work just fine!!!...............The rain we've had today should wash away any scent that we left today.....
    "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears open unto their prayers: But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil"

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    After an early morning run to L. Murray for some schooling fish, my son and I headed to the woods to put Grandpa's pop up blind in the woods. Thrity minutes we were in and out of there and four hours later the rain poured down.

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    Looks good 12Gauge,hope he's successful in it!

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    Looks good....Hope grandpa gets a big un.....
    "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears open unto their prayers: But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil"

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    some deer don't even seem to notice groundblinds/treestands/box blinds. But THE BIG OL'DEER seem to pay attention/and go paranoid. maybe it's just the "new" thing or the "human" scent left behind that sets them off,no matter,once the big ol' slobberknocker gets a snootfull of "human"he is gone!!! he didn't get to that age by being stupid!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andre A View Post
    OK! i brushed that blind to death today, could be bright orange and you might not see it! now we wait....................
    Is it a new blind? If so it takes weeks for the odor to dissappear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage 99 View Post
    Looks good 12Gauge,hope he's successful in it!
    Thanks. I told him I would save it for him for rifle season, but it just looked so darn good for a bow hunt. I told him I may just have to sit it and "scout"'for him.

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