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    I was hunting out of a blind made of plywood...was because the tide got to it and now all three sides are gone, which is not good being that duck season is not the far off. The platform is still intact and good. I was thinkin about four light metal poles and then wrap cunny sack material around it and draping camo netting over the top. I was wondering what kinda blinds other duck hunters have used that work well?

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    I've pretty much always hunted out of boat blinds covered with natural vegetation put on at the beginning of the year, or layout blinds in fields. Never hunted in a permanent blind, but I think the same rule applies... if you're worried about concealment (I am very much), you want to break up the outline as much as possible. And large square shadows was killer in Iowa, they'd pick easily pick out the blinds. One way I think works well, would be shredding several layers of different colored burlap, or maybe sacks like you mentioned. Actually, after hunting out of finisher blinds in fields for geese a few years in Iowa, I found that you can hide WAY better wearing a ghillie suit and just laying down. And the benefit there is if you're out working on the spread and some birds surprise you, just lay down where you're at and you're hidden.
    When we'd walk out 75-100 yards from the spread, we could usually pick out the layout blinds no matter how well they were brushed up, but it was often difficult to pick out the hunter wearing the ghillie suit or laying under a ghillie blanket.

    Hope this helps!

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    I try to conceal myself with the things that are natural to the area. If you have good camo you can hide pretty easily. What kind of vegitation is around the area you are hunting?

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    I have no idea what its real name is ...but its like a yellow-ish kinda reed(hollow inside) very easliy bent and pretty tall.

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    and whatever natural vegetation is close by. If you are anywhere near some willows out on the flats, they hold their leaves well into the season, if you have to pack them in, they are not heavy and can be stuck in the mud around the platform. If nothing else looks like willows near you, it may not work as well. I agre with Michael I. on the ghille suit as well, with that you are always in the blind.

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    One word. Raffia. Look it up

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    Anything will work, is their drift wood and Alders close by??
    You can pick up raffia grass at most craft stores, it's very inexpensive.
    Spary some Thompsons water seal on it and then you can dye it to what ever color you want that matches your surroundings.
    When your building a blind the biggest thing you want to strive for is to be able to create a natural outline, you don't want a square box, go for a sloping soft angles, the types of masking you use and the color is all formalities, the main thing is natural looking. And then worry about the other stuff.

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    Thanks for the guidance and help guys Goin out thurs to get it all set up. I'll let ya know how it works come friday.

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