Chip Gross

Blind Ambition

‘Hide’ hunting holds advantages over run-and-gun style

A brush blind can be made quickly along a field’s edge. The older I get, the better turkey hunter I’ve become. I like to think it’s because, after decades of hunting, that I’ve finally grown wise in the ways of the wild turkey.

But I have this nagging suspicion it is none of that. Rather, I believe I’ve eventually learned how to slow down in the turkey woods — to let the birds come to me. And the ultimate slow-motion turkey hunt is from a blind.

Blind or “hide” hunting, as the British term it, has several advantages over a more run-and-gun style of turkey hunting. First of all, blinds are great ways to introduce kids or even first-time adult hunters to turkey hunting.

Most first-timers don’t realize how still a hunter needs to sit in the turkey woods and for what length of time. A blind makes this requirement much easier, as kids and newcomers can squirm all they want, at least until a bird comes into view. Secondly, a blind is a great way to get wheelchair-bound and other physically-handicapped hunters into the turkey woods…

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