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Posted: April 14 2018 at 8:05am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Bless his heart, my new grandson has built yet another
box! This time it is made from four by four 8 foot long
treated Square Lumber. He built it obviously, 8 foot by 8
foot and made it about 5 feet tall with a slightly sloped
corrugated metal roof. He has a crude plywood door on it.
And inside the bottom is dug down and filled with
concrete to create a sump of all things for a floor.
There are three windows that are rectangular with plywood
covers when the box is not in use. He built this for his
wife to hunt from. He was nice enough to say grandpa
Wade, there's room for in there with her if you want to
hunt with her as well. I smiled and respectfully declined
saying I'll take my chances building me a hide in the
woods like I've always done. Round two of the famous box!
Nice lad but he worries me sometimes. At least it's not
on wheels and tilted!

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Posted: April 14 2018 at 4:50pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Would you prefer the more red-neck option
of just dumping an old truck cab section
off in the woods and using it?

Edited by turbo1889 on April 14 2018 at 5:41pm


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Posted: April 14 2018 at 5:45pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Nope. Sounds like the reservation I grew up on with a few
folks living in abandoned car bodies. I'll pass.

The thing he built reminds me of a combination of a mini
log cabin and a Japanese pillbox on an island in the
Pacific. I kept looking for a 4' tall Daniel Boone to
emerge or Imperial Japanese Army troops to attack!

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Posted: April 15 2018 at 12:16pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Portable pop up blind would be a whole lot cheaper and easier to put up and of course, portable. Plus one would not have the wasps and rattles snakes to worry about when climbing inside.

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Posted: April 15 2018 at 2:19pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Oh I know, but the lad has this idea of big noisy wooden
structures. The last one was a large rectangular box on
wheels. It was towed around behind a pickup. That was
"portable". And filled with wasps!
The new hut has long large gaps in the walls as the wood
used is badly warped. When I was taken out to see it a
big fat red wasp buzzed out when he opened the door!
Yikes! and it was 58F then. Imagine early deer
season with 80F plus... Oh boy...

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Posted: April 15 2018 at 7:01pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ham Gunner wrote:
Portable pop up blind would be a whole lot cheaper and easier to put up and of course, portable. Plus one would not have the wasps and rattles snakes to worry about when climbing inside.


I've only used one of those twice, and those two times resulted in two bucks down!
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Posted: April 17 2018 at 3:25pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Oh, give him some credit. Reads to me like he's trying to be nice to you is all. I'm sure he'll learn as time goes on.



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Posted: April 17 2018 at 4:15pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I used the pop up blinds a lot when my boys were young. They can be very effective if you use some common sense when setting them up and tie them into the existing terrain and vegetation. We shot several deer from them and had turkeys come in very close a number of times seemingly unaware anything was wrong. With a thermacell inside, bugs aren't a problem either.

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Posted: April 17 2018 at 5:47pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Oh yeah, he's put my granddaughter on the ground this
time. Last year she was 20' above the ground on a strap
on treestand exposed to the elements and danger of
falling. Notice I am not a fan of treestands. They're
dangerous. So at least this year she'll be on the ground.


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Posted: April 17 2018 at 5:58pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Good to hear. My first time in a stand, there was no retention at all. So, i'm sitting there and every time the wind blows, the tree it's attached to shoves into my back.

Not my idea of a good time.

Still, I know a lot of people who swear by them. Me? I've got a cammo net I think i'm going to set up between some trees. The base of some trees, that is.

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Posted: April 18 2018 at 6:50am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Hunted prairies on horseback when young.
Hunted NVA and learned about concealment and stealth from
Uncle Sam.
Today it's all about concealment, noise discipline,
movement, and patience. Heavy on patience.
Most young folks are a product of today's "instant
gratification" belief. See it. Push a button. Get it.
Computer thinking nonsense. Everything has to be right
now. These younger hunters need all the concealment they
can get as they sure wiggle around while thumb tapping
their smartphones!

At least my granddaughter will be free from falling.
Protected from the elements. And able to text her husband
better. Oh yes, the young man was sending text messages
to my granddaughter and I last year. Text messages!
So at least her hands will be out of sight now.

Me? If I go again, I'll be nestled in a hide made of
netting and foliage backed into the treeline. Waiting....
Cellphone off and in my pack.
Like Danny Trejo said in one of his films "Machete don't
text."

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Posted: April 18 2018 at 2:16pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Tree stands, like anything else (guns, stoves, chain saws), are as dangerous as your own level of sense makes them. Anymore, 90% or more of my deer hunting is done from them and I've never fallen yet or even come close, but I'm smart enough to figure out how to mitigate risks. If you're not willing or able to do that, stay on the ground.

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Posted: April 19 2018 at 7:19am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Got two words.....

GRAVITY WORKS.

Oh boy, now this will spark the great treestand v.s.
groundblined debate.    

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Gravity works, and is very predictable and easy to mitigate. It does require some complicated apparatus like, ya know, a chain and pad lock. Maybe a strap or two and a snap link. And enough sense to not hang on in a sapling or a rotten tree. Like I said, never fallen yet, been hunting this way most of my life.

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Posted: April 20 2018 at 6:36am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well as I think about this, at least my granddaughter
will be out of the elements more or less. Have a lot
better protection from a stray ricochet. Yes, the
neighboring property has goofballs that shoot as fast as
they can pull triggers. Stupid.
And as for myself sitting back in the tree line all
snuggled in behind my debris in front of me, I will never
have to say "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!"

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