Lockdown wrote:Dhoff wrote:Lockdown wrote:Dhoff wrote:Lockdown wrote:Made a quick trip into one of my old faithful spots tonight. Late planted crop has me excited so I snuck in and made some adjustments. I picked one new ground blind location and also got a kill tree ready. That property has some potential but it’s dead right now. Most of the trails were very faint.
I observed at a different spot after that. Tonight is the 2nd time in a row Mr Big didn’t show I even camped out for 2.5 hours, but no dice. I saw a bunch of does and a few little bucks... learned quite a bit about how they use this piece though so that’s a win.
The only decent buck looked like a stud two year old. His beams came up really high and he’s probably 16” inside. He only has 2 inches of g2 and g3 on each side.
I think I’m gonna have to switch gears for a bit. I’ll check back with this spot in 3-4 weeks and see if the big one decides to come back home
What is your criteria and setup for a ground blind location?
There’s no criteria really. I’ve hid in deadfalls, thickets, cattails, corn fields, random clumps of brush, anything I think I can hide in. This particular spot is some dogwood next to cattails. I will be watching a grassy (but hidden) travel corridor that connects corn to alfalfa with a tree line adjoining it.
There’s a tiny little gap in the wall of dogwood that I’m going to tuck into. Early season with leaves on there will be plenty of cover. I’ll clear the ground so I can move my feet quiet, maybe shove some branches in the ground to add some leafy cover in front of me if needed, then impersonate a statue as best I can.
No trimming necessary. As far as set up is concerned, it is about as simple and easy as a kill set gets.
I pick spots i think will make for a good ambush spot but always feel naked or to risky and talk myself out of it.
Roll those dice, man!! I always try and find the best SPOT to kill one, and often that means ground set. Sometimes they aren’t comfortable, and sometimes everything works out WAY easier than you think it will.
The only time I don’t hunt a set is if I KNOW it won’t work. If I’m not sure what will happen, I hunt it and find out. That’s how I learn and improve.
Look at it this way, if I get SUPER aggressive and hunt 5 ground sets that I’m unsure of, if I fail miserably 4 of them and kill on one, I WIN.
(Don’t be afraid to fail)