2022-06-19 00:02:10 By : Mr. Jack Pan

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These pop-up-style, soft-sided hunting blinds are easy to transport and set up—wherever the hunt may take you.

If you do a Google search for hunting blinds, you’ll see everything from deer blinds to duck blinds, elevated to ground, and more. Generally, there are two types of ground blinds: soft-sided, hub-style blinds that essentially work like a pop-up tent, and pull-apart, folding, fiberglass-pole-style blinds. Though you’ll still come across a few of the latter in your search, anyone who’s ever used one knows that erecting it in the pre-dawn hours then breaking it down at dusk after a hunt is a test in patience—poles often snap, leaving the blind useless. Which is why hub-style ground blinds have become a hunter’s preference and why more brands now offer them at competitive prices. To help you navigate the varietal world of hunting blinds, my focus here is solely on soft-sided, hub-style ground blinds for every budget.

Features will vary from brand to brand, but generally speaking a soft-sided, hub-style ground blind does not have a floor, has a quiet window system, is constructed of sturdy fade- and water-resistant fabrics, has a blackout interior, and uses a hub system for fast and easy setup. With these fundamentals in mind, you’re ready to start narrowing down specific features tailored to your personal hunting experience to find the best ground blind for you.

When choosing a hunting blind, think about where you’ll use it. If your hunt will take you to the green pines and hardwoods of the south, early or mid-season, look for a camo pattern that incorporates greens, browns, and blacks. If you plan to use your ground blind late season in the midwest, you’ll want a camo pattern with more tans and browns. There are even blinds disguised as hay bales, such as the Redneck Blinds Outfitter HD Bale Blind, for use in hayfields and harvested cornfields. The Ameristep Distorter K.O. blind on our list is unique in that its shape is not a typical square but rather one with roof and floor kick-outs, which help to break up its lines in the field. Most brands offer their most popular blinds in a variety of camo patterns.

Ground blinds come in a range of sizes. The smallest on our list is roughly 4 feet in width and height, the tallest is almost 7 feet high, and the one with the most floor space is 64 square feet. How you plan to use the blind will determine which size you need. If you are gun or crossbow hunting and using a tripod, you will need more floor room for the tripod legs. If you’re traditional or compound-bow hunting, you will need elbow room for fully drawing your bow. Window height is also important to the hunting method you choose, as it can affect weapon clearance and site visibility. The size of your chair will also determine how much floor space you’ll need. The tighter the blind’s interior, the closer you will be to the windows, which will reduce the amount of concealment you need for a more successful hunt.

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If you plan to carry your ground blind to your hunting spot or you often move around throughout the day to follow the hunt, a lighter-weight blind is the way to go. Bonus if it comes with a carry bag. If you plan to set up your blind ahead of time and leave it in one spot, weight may not be as much of an issue. The ground blinds on our list weigh anywhere from 8 to 33 pounds.

Consider how many people might be in the blind at once to determine how much room you’ll need. If each person in the blind has a chair, backpack, weapon, or other gear, you’ll need enough room to ensure everyone is comfortable and that firearms or archery equipment can be used safely. Hunting blinds are commonly available for one to two hunters, but over the last few years, several on the market can hold as many as four or five. When shopping for a blind, check the manufacturer’s specifications regarding capacity.

I’ve used six of the eight ground blinds I recommend here. In addition to my own experience, I researched product reviews, ratings, and rankings and took into consideration each blind’s weight, capacity, size, availability, price, and other unique features. These are the eight ground blinds I recommend.

The Barronett Blinds Ox 5 is the Cadillac of ground blinds. It is the largest blind on the list and a favorite among hunters who hunt in larger groups or just want more room. The Oxhide Fabric incorporates two layers of high-quality, soft and quiet, no-shine 300D polyester fabric with a Backwoods Camo exterior pattern and blackout interior for concealment. A single panoramic window spans three of the five sides and can be opened to your preferred gap and height using silent-slide adjustments. The other two sides each have a peak window. The entrance is a D-shaped zippered door with plenty of clearance for walking through with a backpack or bulky winter clothing. The Ox 5 comes with a carry bag with backpack-style straps.

For good reason, the Primos Double Bull SurroundView Blind 360 is the highest-priced hunting blind in this lineup, offering a feature not available in any other blind in its class. The SurroundView offers four one-way, see-through walls for a 360º viewing capability. The front windows allow for a 180º full-front view with adjustable silent-slide window closures. A built-in visor comes in handy when the sun is beaming into the blind and provides maximum visibility. The movable blackout curtain allows the hunter to customize the blind for concealment, and a wide door with a silent-entry pull strap allows for quick and quiet in and out. Primos’s exclusive Truth Camo exterior allows for versatility of concealment in any terrain. Power Hub Framework provides for a quick and easy setup.

This is the blind you want during peak deer movement in cold weather. The Pro Series Thermal Blind in Mossy Oak Elements Terra is constructed of heavy-duty, welded 300D fabric with a quilted backing that adds insulation for protection in frigid weather. The black ShadowGuard interior and extended-depth footprint add superior concealment. Twelve large, silent-slide mesh windows are easy to adjust. A reflective hub strap located on the roof aids in visibility when locating the blind in the dark. You also get a carry bag with backpack straps, cam buckle tie-downs, carabiners, and ground stakes.

The Deception Blind is the perfect spring turkey-hunting blind, but more hunters are using this blind during deer season because of its size and ease of mobility—the blind weighs only 8 pounds and is 46 inches high with a small interior footprint ideal for low-profile chairs. The durable polyester fabric exterior, which comes in Mossy Oak Obsession and Mossy Oak Bottomland, combined with the blacked-out interior offers excellent concealment, and the Silent-Trac window system provides 270 degrees of unlimited window positions. The extra-large door with an oversize zipper allows for easy access. Four aluminum hubs are flexible and solid and work as smoothly and effectively as hubs found in larger ground blinds. You also get two interior gear pockets, stakes, tie-downs, and a convenient zippered carry bag with shoulder straps.

The Rhino Blind R150 continues to be a hunter’s favorite in features and price. The TripleBond 150-denier polyester Realtree Edge material resists fading. The aluminum hubs with fiberglass limb system allow this blind to be among the lightest full-size blinds available. The windows and door feature a silent hook and loop system, resulting in a zipper-less door entry. Also included: a carry bag, stakes, and tie-down ropes.

The four-sided Wraith 270 Deluxe Blind has a 270° see-through view that spans the entire length and width of the three windows. The heavyweight 300D fabric has a blackout interior for concealment. The window system is a silent-slide system for easy and quiet customizable window height on the full-length horizontal windows. This blind comes with a backpack-style carrying case, stakes, and tie-downs.

This blind is ideal for archery hunters who prefer to stand to take a shot, such as traditional archery hunters with longbows. The 82-inch height can easily accommodate a hunter as tall as 6-foot-4. The blind is made of 300-denier polyester with a Mossy Oak Element camouflage exterior, blackout interior, and exterior brush loops for concealment. The 28-inch-tall side windows and two 36-inch-tall oval corner windows use a silent-slide toggle window system. An oversize zippered door makes entry and exits easy, even with a bulky backpack and other gear. There are two 12 x10-inch interior pockets for gear storage and four corner loft pockets designed for ozone-emitting devices. A 6-inch ground skirt contains scents and deters light from entering the blind. Included are a carry bag, tie-down ropes, and stakes.

The unique shape of the Distorter allows it to blend more naturally in the woods. The 300-denier fabric shell has a blackout interior, a Realtree Edge Camouflage exterior, and a 3D Edge re-leaf attached to the frame seams. The spacious interior with three floor kickouts is a cameraman’s dream—the entire floor can accommodate a tripod, chair legs, and foot room; the kickouts are ideal for stowing gear bags; and mesh shelving can store additional lenses and gear off the ground and out of the way. And 15 windows of various heights and shapes can help prevent a hunter or cameraman from missing a shot opportunity. The solid hinged door makes entering and exiting more accessible, even with bulky backpacks. Also included: a wrap-style carry case on the inside, attached to hook-and-loop hangers, that can also be used as a mesh pocketed storage system.