Best Hunting Blinds Review – Good For Deer & Turkey (2018)
I imagine hunting parties in medieval times only had horses and bows…
However good that experience sounds I’m still a sucker for my prized hunting gear. Having the perfect hunting blind tops my list, well, of course, the hunting license too.
Before hunting blinds, the gruesome stilled waiting you had to endure with absolutely no breaks to either eat or drink in fear of scaring your prey away was a thrill to some.
To others like me, the hunting blind relieved this process making hunting more fun and versatile, I can bring my son along now!
And now I want to show you the magic that a hunting blind can add to your hunting trips, in addition to making it much easier to take your target deer, duck, etc…
…by giving you a list of my 12 all-time best hunting blinds that you can find on the market today.
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What's a Hunting Blind?
A hunting blind is a Must-Have hunting gear for all serious hunters.
It comes specially designed to prevent detection as you wait for the target game to come your way. It provides a sort of shield that camouflages and blends in with our surrounding.
This tent like gear gives you a kind of safe space against harsh weather elements while allowing you to move around during those long hunting hours.
With this you won’t have to worry about the uncomfortable brush conditions, climbing up trees and weather elements that would’ve previously taken the fun out of hunting.
As I mentioned above, what I like best about the blind is the fact that I can bring along my family without having to worry about getting them sick, numb or hungry during the hunt. This makes it more comfortable and fun.
The hunting blinds come in a variety of designs, let’s look at some:
Deer hunting blinds
These are the most common types of blinds. They are designed to blend in with the forest landscape enabling you to easily deer hunt. They come in various models with differing portability, sizes, weights, room, and shooting capabilities.
Duck hunting blinds
Also a popular type quite similar to the deer hunting blind. However, it is designed to blend in with the water and swampy landscapes with a more water plant-life look.
Tree stand blinds
This blinds design is sort of a cover up that is securely fastened to an already built hunting platform. With this blind, you can reach a more elevated plane of view and shooting range.
12 Best Hunting Blind Reviews:
1. Ameristep Care Taker Hub Blind-RealtreeXtra:
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We start our deer and turkey best hunting blind review with the Ameristep Care Taker Hub Blind-RealtreeXtra. This unit has a 69’’ width and is 66’’ tall providing you with the much needed ample shooting space. This unit comes with a carrying bag, tie-down rope, and stakes that enable a more secure set up of the blind.
A shoot-through mesh window with gun port allows that 360-degree view for instant game sighting and shots. It also gives a versatility in the weapon of choice since you can utilize either a firearm or bow making it suitable for every shooter.
With a weight of 7 pounds, this unit provides you with portability that lets you easily carry it from spot to spot.
This unit has an easy setup and take-down process which is key for most blinds especially in the field.
The RealtreeXtra camo pattern is uniquely designed and lets you sufficiently camouflage into your environs while keeping you well hidden from the game. It is insect resistant, so you don’t have to worry about bites from those notorious insects.
2. Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 Hunting Doghouse Ground Blind:
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Another product from Ameristep tops our list of the best turkey blinds. This is the Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 Hunting Doghouse Ground Blind. This unit is designed for both bow and firearm hunting making it suitable for all types of shooters.
It is also equipped with the unique RealtreeXtra camo pattern that expertly blends in with your environment while making game oblivious to you.
The shoot through mesh with gun port provides you with a 360-degree angle for fast game sighting, targeting and shooting. This unit is delivered with high wind tie downs, stakes and carrying backpacks which aid in providing security against harsh winds, a firm and stable setup and easier blind conveyance means, respectively.
When assembled, the blind is 60 x 60 x 66-In (L x W x H), giving you ample shooting space.
The unit weighs only 12.8 pounds, giving it a compact and portable design that makes it easy to carry around while in the field. This ground steel spring blind should enable you to set it up quickly.
3. Barronett Blinds Big Cat 350 Hub Hunting Blind:
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The Barronett Blinds Big Cat 350 Hub Hunting Blind couldn’t miss among the best hunting blinds in the market. This unit is quite spacious with 90’’ from hub to hub giving you adequate elbow room, 80’’ center height that allows you to both videotape and take some shots while standing and finally the 70’’by 70’’ footprint which should be sufficient for your gear storage.
This unit allows you to stretch and move about and can accommodate up to three individuals, the more, the merrier.
With a weight of 19 lbs., it’s portable and easier for you to carry to and from the field. It’s fast and easy to set up with an easy 'pop-up and hunt' process enabled by the rugged 5-hub setup/takedown design.
This unit can come in either of two camo patterns both of which provide a 3D outdoor effect that should sufficiently camouflage with the existing foliage. It is constructed with stiffer, thicker poles that enhance the frameworks durability, while the strong hubs make the whole unit resilient against harsh outdoor conditions.
Shooting positions while in this blind are versatile in that you can either shoot when standing or on the ground using the low-profile windows. The noise free zipper-less windows allow you to make noiseless adjustments while preventing scaring away of the game.
It is designed with 6 trapezoid windows, and 2 peek windows. The replaceable shoot through mesh camo windows with 2 gun ports allow both wide shooting angles and weapon versatility.
4. Barronett Blinds Grounder 350 Hub Blind, Woodland Camo:
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Another Barronett manufactured blind, the Barronett Blinds Grounder 350 Hub Blind, Woodland Camo tops our best deer blind list. With this unit, you can comfortably make standing shots due to the 80’’ center height.
This unit is also designed with ample elbow room allowed by the 90’’ hub to hub and also the 70’’ by 70’’ footprint that lets you comfortably place all your hunting gear.
It also offers enough room for a group of up to three hunters. It is quite portable and easy to operate, despite being spacious, weighing only 19lbs and having easy fold down process.
The heavy duty durable five hubs have an easy, less than a minute pop-and-set up and takedown process allowing you to move from spot to spot quickly. Three sides are covered with large zipped windows which can be left closed or open and provide you with an adequate plane of view.
The windows are also covered with replaceable camouflaged shoot-through mesh that should make it easier to achieve those hunt shot. This piece boast of a unique blood trail woodland camo that should blend efficiently into that woodland environment.
It is made with tightly woven 150D fabric and has water resistant roof and walls making it suitable for the harsh outdoors.
5. Guide Gear Universal Hunting Tree Stand Blind:
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If you are looking for an affordable tree stand blind, then the Guide Gear Universal Hunting Tree Stand Blind should be the perfect unit. This portable deer blind is very easy and fast to set up and fits around almost any tripod stand shooting rail or tree stand.
Its interior is blacked-out, and this eliminates any sell-out shadows while masking any movement you make.
Its design incorporates a scent-containing fabric which aids in scent control. Being quite small and light enhances its portability enabling you to convey it easily into the field.
It is equipped with reinforced grommets and zip ties that allow it to be easily attached to the tripod or tree stand. This blind's exterior is made with weather resistant coating that protects you against harsh weather.
Access into the blind is fast and easy, enabled by the 36’’ bi-directional and centered zipped door. The camo pattern is dense and offers sufficient concealment from the game. The 46’’ x 160’’ space is ample for your hunting and enough for all storing your gear too.
6. Ameristep Tent Chair Blind-RealtreeXtra:
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Ameristep certainly has the best turkey blind products, and the Ameristep Tent Chair Blind is another of their models equipped with valued features that prove to be advantageous when hunting.
It has front and side zippered windows which provide a vast and clear plane of view. The mesh screen also allows quick sighting and shooting.
This blind comes with a shoulder strap carrying case that makes it rather easy to convey to, from and within the hunting grounds. The unique tent chair gives a sense of comfortability during the hunt.
The foldable chair is attached to the blind therefore no assembly is required during the setup. With a weight of 6 pounds, this blind is very portable and easy to haul around.
Durability is enhanced by the Durashell plus fabric used to construct its shell. Similar to other Ameristep models, this blind has a RealtreeXtra camo pattern that sufficiently blends in with the surrounding foliage. It provides shooting weapon versatility since it is ideal for both crossbow and firearm hunting.
7. Tangkula Portable Hunting Blind Pop Up Ground Camo Weather Resistant Hunting Enclosure:
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When it comes to truly advanced weatherproof blinds, the Tangkula Portable Hunting Blind tops the list. This blind will efficiently take you through those harsh weather hunt days.
What makes it unique is the versatility in its use, with this blind you can use it as either a hub blind in hunting season and as a hiking tent. It only weighs 9 lbs., making this blind very portable for almost anyone to carry.
Its construction incorporates 150D Oxford and PU coating which its durability, breathability, and waterproof properties on a whole new level. The material has a shadow guard design that masks any movements while in the blind.
Insect proofing is also enhanced by the mesh window design. The camo design has a well depicted real tree pattern that improves this blind’s camouflage abilities.
This blind also boasts of a simple pop up design enabling you to easily setup and take it down. It is very spacious and can accommodate up to 3 people.
It provides 360°visibility, with one full view windows and two small half round window, allowing each individual to have an adequate plane of view. The shoot through mesh windows makes it possible for both crossbow and firearm hunting.
8. Barronett Blinds Pentagon Hunting Blind:
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If looking for a blind with massive room for your gear and specialized equipment such as cameras or wheelchairs, then this Barronett Blinds Pentagon Hunting Blind does just that. This blind is unique in design having a pentagon design unlike typical 4 sided hub designs.
It provides you with a 41.5 ft² footprint which is ideally more than enough for a group of up to 4 inclusive of gear and 96’’ hub to corner giving adequate elbow room.
This blinds design incorporates 9 large windows allowing the full plane of view alongside vast shooting angles. This spacious unit weighs only 20lbs making it rather portable. It provides versatility in shooting levels since the tall 72’’ center allows standing shots while the low dipping windows allow for lower ground shots.
It is also designed with the BLOODTRAIL Backwoods camo, which Barronnet Blinds exclusive design well equipped to blend in with the surrounding. The windows are also designed with zipper-less fasteners that provide that noise free environ ideal for your hunt.
This blinds durability is facilitated by the strong metal hubs and heavy duty fiberglass poles used in its construction.
Setting up and taking down this blind is as easy as pie and takes less than a minute.
9. Ameristep Lee and Tiffany Crush Enforcer Hub Hunting Blind, RealtreeXtra:
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This Ameristep Lee and Tiffany Crush Enforcer Hub Hunting Blind has valued features that make it one of my favorites. It comes with the standard AmeristepRealtreeXtra camo pattern that lets it smoothly blend in with its surroundings.
It is heavy duty and durable having being constructed using rugged 600D fabric allowing it withstand the harshest conditions.
This blind is equipped with shoot through mesh windows that are ideal for on sight firing using both firearm and bow hunting shooting preferences. It is also such a breeze setting and up and taking it down allowing you to move it from spot to spot easily.
The 69’’ shooting width and the 66’’ tall interior are ample for personal hunting space, comfortability, and gear storage too.
This unit weighs 19.7 pounds and is adequately portable when moving around. As the name suggests, this crush enforcer blind provides you with an adjustable window system that enables varied shooting angles for efficient, powerful game shots.
10. Ameristep Deluxe 2 Person Tent Chair Hunting Blind Review:
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Another Ameristep model tops our best deer blind list, and this is the Ameristep Deluxe 2 Person Tent Chair Hunting Blind. It is designed with large front and side windows, also zipped, providing you with a broad and clear area of view.
The 61’’ wide, 52’’ deep and 20’’ high interior gives ample interior space for both shooting and sighting while the overall space is adequate to store all your needed hunting gear.
The chair comes attached to the blind, so there’s no assembly process is required, and its proper placement that maximizes space usage in the blind. This unit comes out of the box with a back pack carrying case that makes it easier to convey to, from and within the field. Weighing only 9 pounds, this model is very portable.
Custom to Ameristep products, this blind is also designed with the RealtreeXtra camo pattern that sufficiently blends in with the foliage preventing detectability. The large enough chair easily accommodates a hunt group of two. This blind is ideal for you prefer hunting and shooting while seated.
11. Primos Double Bull Bullpen Ground Blind:
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This Primos Double Bull Bullpen Ground Blind is least expensive of the Double Bull’s 5-hub blinds you can find on the market today. It has a compact design that relieves the hassle that comes with in-the-open hunting routines.
This coupled with its affordability has it among best turkey blinds in the market. Its design incorporates a full front view of 180 degrees and the patented slide window closures that both enhance your plane of view while letting you silently adjust window closures, respectively.
As a product from Double Bull, you are assured that this model is designed with high quality materials that enhance its overall functionality and durability. The unit has also been incorporated with a modern hub system that prevents rod breakage and allows it to be easily set up and taken down while in the hunting fields.
It provides you with ample space enabling multiple individual to comfortably sit and fit in it while still effectively covered. This blind is designed for both firearm and bow hunting- making it suitable for all shooters.
It has a weight of 23 pounds and comes delivered with a bag for easy conveyance. The limited lifetime warranty of this blind makes it a hell of a score!
Things To Look For Before Buying A Hunting Blind
Below are some top factors that will make it much easier for you to get the right hunting blind for your hunting needs:
There are different types of blinds on the market and each is tailored to the kind of animal you are hunting for.
Before making a choice on the blind make sure you have a specific game in mind since this will narrow down your choices to either of the deer, duck or tree stand blind choices.
This makes the blind you purchase much easier to blend in with the hunting environment and as such serve its purpose.
The Camouflage Factor
As the hunting season approaches I’m sure you have some hunting ground in mind.
Having an idea of the foliage will direct you into choosing a blind camo pattern that will sufficiently blend in with the surrounding foliage.
This should be another ideal starting point for your blind choice.
Blind Setup and Takedown process
The earlier blind versions had major lags when it came to setting up and taking them down while in the field.
With modern innovations incorporated into blind designs, blinds with easier set up and takedown processes are flooding into the market.
These models have popup-and-setup features, enabling you to easily set it up and take it down. This is an efficient feature since it allows you to change hunting spots easily and as frequently as you’d like.
Blind Portability (and Weight)
A blind’s portability is directly related to its weight. More portable hunting blinds are lightweight…and that makes them easier to haul around during your hikes while hunting.
Portability also allows you to effortlessly move your blind from spot to spot.
Your ideal portable deer blind should have proportional accommodative and portability attributes. Remember the larger and more equipped the blind is, the heavier it tends to be.
Acquiring a blind that allows you to hunt when in a number of positions is ideal. It allows you to get that perfect shot- whether you’re standing, kneeling, or on the ground.
This versatility can also be illustrated by the type of hunting weapon you can use whilst in the blind. Some models such as a number mentioned in our review allow for both firearm and bow shooting.
What’s Your Blind Budget?
The blind you are planning to acquire should also be within your budget.
Most hunters think that the more expensive the more capable the blind is.
The way I see it, pricing is not a major as you could find yourself a blind that meets all your hunting needs too with a reasonable budget.
Blinds have proven to be a Must-have gear for all hunters. They not only enhance your camouflaging ability but also increase your chances of a productive hunt.
The shelter they provide keeps you safe from harsh outdoor conditions while giving a sense of comfortability that makes hunting a lot more fun and open to people of varied ages.
My reviews above have highlighted the 12 most affordable blinds that suits your budget and still adequately provide you with the needed service.
These alongside the provided buying guide should get you on the right track to that perfect hunting blind.
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