"Necessity is the mother inventions."
Last season as I had set up for an evening hunt I observed a bowhunter come in across a valley and stop at a treeline on a ridge. Within a few minutes he took something out of a bag and all of a sudden a teepee-like tent appeared. I watched him set the tent just inside the treeline and then he threw a camo-type net over the tent. He sat a bucket in the tent, stepped in and disappeared. I put the bino's on him and could see he was sitting inside the tent but was well camoed and obscured. The next morning as I set up, the tent was no longer in the treeline. Another time I saw the tent along a brushline by a pond.
Both times I never got to see what the "thing" was, up close. However, a couple of weeks ago while scouting I met another hunter that was pre-scouting and during a conversation I discovered that he was the guy with the "tent."
He had the tent in his truck and showed what it was. It was a "pop-up" camping dressing tent that he had modified to use as a hunting blind. He told me that he had previously owned an expensive portable blind but that it had been stolen. He said although he was PO'd at the theft of the blind, and that it cost a bunch, he never really liked it. He said it was cumbersome, took to long to setup and teardown, was cramped, and leaving it in the woods was risky (theft)...which, for him, turned out to be true.
He said he bought the portable pop-up dressing tent for about $40 and the camo net for about $20 and made some modifications to the tent.
1- Cut the entrance flap higher... which disabled the ability to zip the flap shut but he can still drop it if it begins to rain.
2. Cut a 4" wide by 24" long widow on the sides and the back and glued on cloth mesh that he can see thru. He said the windows allow him to see out when sitting or standing.
3. He uses round metal tent pegs and secures the corners to the ground having made holes at the bottom corners.
4. Once set up he throws the camo over the tent and then arranges the net so there is no defined outline.
He hunts with a short wheel bow, so he can easily shoot from a sitting and standing position. I stepped in and determined that I could easily shoot a recurve while sitting our kneeling from inside. I also determined that I could make a standing shot by having my bow just outside the entrance.
You would have to see this thing set up in the boonies to appreciate how well it blends.
Here is what it looks like before he modified it. The dimension are 4'x4'x 6'-8"
Here is a crude altered pic as it now looks and as I saw it from a distance in the boonies.