yes...mine has every time...regardless where I place it or how I hide it...they have noticed it every time...they don't always leave, but they are always very nervous, and jump at every little thing and keep looking at it and all around.
If you have to hunt a newly placed ground blind, try the 50/100 method. If its in a place where the deer stumble on it (the 50 part) conceal it as much as you can in trees or cover with brush. If they can see it from further away then you dont have to do it as much because they can check it out from a distance first and feel more comfortable. Setting it up a while before is always better.
I've always set my Double Bulls out a month before the season starts and brush it in well with the surroundings. I haven't had any spook because of seeing the blind. I suppose by the time the season come around they are already use to it.
I had a doe bed in the shadow of my blind (no more than 3 yards) after it had been set up for less than 2 hrs....
Depends on the deer/day - as a rule, I think setting up well ahead of time and brushing in makes alot of sense.
If you have any pine trees around you can brush a double bull up real good with one of them. I don't personally like hunting whitetails outta a blind much. You have to be in a really good spot for them to not spot you and you'll have to brush it in pretty good.
We brush ours in and tuck them back a ways. Can't leave them out though. Bears took 3 of them out in a week. In our lower plot our blind is surrounded by pines. Cut a few branches and set them along the front. Works great! Important to leave camo netting down. Deer get nervous seeing a black hole, Witnessed this several times.
With turkeys it won't make a bit of difference, but deer on the other hand they notice anything that changes in their environment. You can compare it to your living room. If someone put a new sofa in there you would recognize it. Deer are the same way. I would recommend putting it out 2-3 weeks ahead of time.
It is also going to depend on what you want to shoot. I have seen that does for the most part would come in the first night if for nothing else out of curiosity, but big bucks on the other hand tend to "hang up" like a turkey until they get used to it.
They ignore this homemade one. It has no roof so there are no black windows. Although it looks obvious in this setting it really does just vanish in the woods... This is one of several panels I use depending on the set up.
We set up double bullblinds at sites while hunting each morning of a hunt sometimes and never seems to matter to the game :wink: they still come in with in 10-40 yds and water or feed... the best is to give them a few days to get use to it; but sometimes you just can't....:sad:
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