The season is around the bend and I needed a weekend project. I have a boat and blind setup that works fine. However some of my spots arenít entirely boat accessible, and to portage my heavy boat is out of the question. I wanted to build a temporary blind I could bring with me in the boat and walk into these spots. The blind needed to satisfy the following criteria:
- Provide better concealment and creature comforts than a mound of marsh grass alone. I've been spoiled inside my heated boat blind.
- Inexpensive. I thought about the layout blind option but couldnít justify $300.
- Breaks down into manageable pieces for transport. It also helps for storage in the off season.
- Light weight and durable. I wonít be lugging it very far from the boat, but weight is always a consideration in these endeavors.
- Easily assembled in the fall pre-dawn conditions we are all familiar with. Most of the time Iíll be doing this by myself, so any time I can shave of my set-up routine is time I can spend drinking coffee.
My first inclination was to build a frame using EMT conduit, but I soon realized the weight and portability wouldnít fit my needs. I did some research and found some plans for PVC blind frames that seem like they would do the trick. I ended up following the plans on this website with some modifications and the result is pretty decent. I added an additional support in the rear of the frame so I could essentially ďpanelizeĒ the frame into three main pieces (front, back and roof) which would be assembled in the field with only three cross members. I think this will also help prevent the cover material from sagging into the blind too much. The blind does have a high-profile however the spots I have in mind for it have a wooded back-drop. I'm confident with the right materials this will disappear.
Here is where Iím at:
The next step is to hide the white PVC. I have about a dozen rattlecans of camo paint leftover from painting my boat. I also have a ton of matte camo duct tape rolling around. I feel like the paint wonít adhere very well to the PVC regardless of the prep job and will be less durable than the duct tape. Does anyone have any recommendations?
The frame cost me about $60 in PVC. I have material leftover from my boat blind (hardware cloth, fabric, fast grass) that I can recycle into this project as well. I feel like the cost was justified, if only for the boost of excitement it gave me for the impending season and the satisfaction of building something I can hunt out of.