Published: 4 May 2017
Last revised: 28 October 2017
Every hunter has a technique to look and hunt for game. These techniques will be different from another and no two preferences may be alike. This is because hunting is a skill that is perfected based on personal capabilities and is mostly related to the tools being used. Two very important factors to consider are visibility of the target and concealment of the hunter, which can be achieved through the use of a ground blind and a tree stand.
What is a ground blind and a tree stand?
A tree stand is a platform that is mounted on a tree and is supported by the ground so that the hunter can stay elevated and see the animals on the ground. The hunter is usually 15 to 18 feet up and will not able to sense the hunter’s presence and the hunter has better visibility through the leaves and bushes.
There are several types of tree stands that can be used depending on the type of hunt. There are climbing stands, hanging stands and ladder stands that can be used in a mobile position or in a stationary setting.
A ground blind is a device that hunters use to cover themselves and make them less likely to be seen by animals. These devices are used in different situations and vary is construction. Some blinds are simple and others are complex. These blinds are now designed to be completely undetected by the game.
There are duck blinds that can be used in the grain field. There are ground blinds that look like sinking holes which are also considered illegal. Ground covers for deer is illegal in certain states.
Which is better? Ground blinds or tree stands?
The advantage of one over the other takes a lot of weighing and assessing because both ground blinds and tree stands are good for hunting. Both tools have their strengths and weaknesses in terms of concealment and visibility of the game.
When it comes to a better vantage point and to keep the hunter odor-free to the animal, the best option is to go with a tree stand. The device should be placed near a transition area and the wind direction is opposite from the animal. If these are followed, animals will pass and they will not know that the hunter is within their range. The hunter is way up and is not within the range of the sight and smell of the animal.
With the ground blind, the animal may not see the hunter but will definitely smell them especially when the wind blows towards their direction.
The ground blind, however, is advantageous in terms of mobility. This is because the hunter is on the ground. Unlike the tree stand, the hunter can’t easily change positions because he or she is way up and getting down is hard. Making sure that the hunter is in a better position is a guaranteed approach when using the ground blind rather than the tree stand.
The ground blind is also useful when calling or getting the animal’s attention. This is virtually impossible with a tree stand. Attracting an animal to get closer to the blind is more successfully done. This can even be done by two people where one person gets the animal closer while the other one takes the shot.
When it comes top accuracy and precision, the tree stand still outweighs the ground blind. This is because the tree stand gives the hunter better visibility and aiming is made more accurate. The tree stand also makes a better position for the hunter because the hunters’ hands and tools are handled more efficiently. The ground cover does not only offer limited visibility but it limits the hunters’ movements to a limited space. The walls of the ground cover make too much noise and will shoo away animals.
Aside from visibility, the tree stand also gives the hunter a bigger view of the hunting grounds. The hunter will be able to see where the animals are going and can get a better scope of the area. The ground blind may give a closer view of the forest but range in very limited.