Build Your Own Hunting Blinds on a Budget

Every hunter knows that having proper cover is essential for getting close to your prey. But for many hunters, those fancy manufactured hunting blinds that cost hundreds of dollars are simply not in the budget.

Luckily, you can create incredibly effective DIY hunting blinds for deer, waterfowl, and turkey using affordable materials found around your home, in hardware stores, or simply out in nature.

In this guide, you’ll learn foolproof techniques for building your own hunting blinds that blend into the environment, conceal your movement, and allow you to remain undetected by animals with keen eyesight and strong sense of smell.

Ground Blinds for Deer Hunting

When it comes to hunting whitetail deer, simple ground blinds that you can position anywhere and brush in work extremely well. Here are some cheap builds:

Burlap Sack Blind

  • Cut out openings for shooting ports and to see through
  • Use bailing wire to fashion frame to keep burlap off your barrel
  • Brush in with surrounding branches and leaves

Camo Netting Blind

  • Drape over branches or frames to break up outline
  • Wrap strips of burlap or fabric around framing to seal gaps
  • Brush in extra foliage all around for concealment

Cotton Stalks Blind

  • Useful for agricultural areas
  • Bundle dried corn/cotton stalks in front of clear shooting lane
  • Sit or stand behind densely bundled vegetation

Permanent Tree Blinds for Archery Season

For archery season, build a comfortable blind secured up in a tree along the deer’s trail that can be used year after year:

Wood Pallet Deer Stand

  • Lean pallet up against tree and screw into trunk
  • Build walls and roof frame out of 2×4 lumber
  • Cover walls with mesh netting and roof with tarps or metal sheeting
  • Equip with shooting rails and padded seat

Elevated Hunting Platform

  • Construct base frame platform using 2×6 boards secured to tree trunk
  • Add walls and roof using prepared OSB board panels
  • Camo paint/brush all exterior surfaces

Log Cabin Style Box Stand

  • Construct three-sided enclosure built around trunk
  • Notch corners and stack logs Lincoln style
  • Chink gaps between logs with rags, mud, or foam
  • Make shingled roof with overhang to keep interior dry

Natural Hunting Blinds for Waterfowl

For hunting ducks and geese, the best approach is to scout the marshes and shoreline vegetation to select tactical ambush spots. Then enhance them by weaving in natural camouflage:

Cattail Hide

  • Sit in opening inside thick stand of dormant cattails
  • Weave dead reeds from prior year’s growth across open front
  • Use vegetation, burlap, or mesh to break up silhouette

Downed Tree Boat Blind

  • Position boat behind large tree blown over at shoreline
  • Add brush, branches, and leaves to hide boat shape
  • Use surrounding reeds and grasses to seamlessly blend in

Corn Stalk Boat Hide

  • Bundle dried corn stalks, prop against boat interior
  • Cover boat except for shooting ports
  • Align boat to seamlessly blend into shoreline terrain


As you can see, with just some simple and cheap materials combined with a bit of elbow grease, you can create incredibly effective camouflaged blinds that allow you to disappear into any terrain and wait for the perfect shot.

Now get out there and start preparing your hiding spots well ahead of hunting season! Set up multiple options and approaches based on wind, visibility and shooting lanes relative to deer trails, funnel zones or waterfowl flight paths. Maintain these concealed spots with fresh natural camouflage to remain undetected. Perfect your hunting ambush spot and this season you’ll easily fill those tags from the comfort of your DIY concealment.

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