When you are out in the field, the last thing you want is to be spotted by your hunt. You need a good disguise but sometimes the hunting clothing is not enough.
The cover device that reduces the chances of detection is the hunting blind, also known as machan.
The diversity for the hunting blinds is amazing, related to the type of your hunt, season and type of your prey.
You can find deer blinds, duck blinds; you can use a simple hunting blind or a more complex one. In all cases though, you need to consider the laws regulating the use of hunting blinds as they may differ from one region to another.
Which type of hunting blind to choose
Back in the days, a cocking-cloth (a piece of canvas stretched on a frame like a kite) would do as a hunting blind. The hunter would approach pheasants and shoot them through a hole in the cloth.
Nowadays the market gives you the option to choose from a stable or a mobile hunting blind. A ground blind is an alternative to the traditional tree stand and a good hunting blind is able to hide any kind of movement inside the blind.
If you’re hunting in California, walking a few miles out into a grain field, stopping at a dike, two feet high, 12 feet wide and a half mile long on a side might be considered as a duck blind. You simply sit down on the top, pushing dirt away with your feet. It only takes some minutes until a shallow depression is made and you may place around the edges some stubble from cut grain. This should be enough to give you some sort of hiding place as you lie down when you spot the birds and sit up once they come in range. This type of blind may be deepened with a digging tool and it has to allow you sitting upright.
Of course, you can get a duck blind much more elaborated than that. You can find duck blinds that give you protection against the elements, especially rain and cold. A blind like that can get to the size of a cabin.
You may also use a sinkbox, a duck blind that may be partially submersed in a body of water. This type of blind though is not legal to use within the United States.
What’s legal and what’s not
As deer blinds are not legal in all areas, you need to check the local hunting laws before installing one. And, in case it’s a definite “No”, you can always stay still behind the base of a tree.
When it comes to deer hunting, you need to pay extra attention to the laws as it might be illegal even to make an improvement to a natural condition, not to say about actually building some sort of shelter with sides and roof. Camouflage blinds may be out of law during rifle/shotgun season in some states just as well. There are specific regulations that require you to wear an orange patch on blind so that it visible from all angles.
As a hunter you need to improvise and you can get also some help from climbing gear to climb up a tree. The hunting gear gives you the choice of getting a seat for the tree or a burlap enclosed frame. If you were in India, you would use in this case a machan- the hunting platform on a tree.