The ground blind was built out of necessity. When gaining permission to hunt on a farmer’s land, you take what you can get. Tuesday and Thursday mornings before 10 AM- I’ll take it. Only if you drive up and no one else’s truck is parked at the land- I’ll take it. And ¼ of 1 acre of woods without a tree adequate enough to hang a stand- I’ll take it.
The last place is where my nephew Jonathan and I built the ground blind out of wire mesh, cattail look-alike, an assortment of twigs and corn stalks, and spray paint. It overlooks either a bean or cornfield, a regular scrape spot less than 10 yards away, and a game path easily seen in the dead of night.
From this spot, I have killed a nice buck with my rifle less than 10 yards away, missed 2 does with my bow, lost 1 small buck with my bow after failing to get a pass through after hitting a front shoulder, and drawing back but being unable to get a shot off at 2 other does. Needless to say, in a very short time period over the last season of hunting, I have seen my fair share of deer from the ground. As well as squirrels, possums, and a very curious number of raccoons who I believe one day will walk right into my blind with me, leaving parts of Mr. Jeff all over the corner of these woods.
This morning, however, I survived the raccoons, as they remained on tree limbs the entire time. I also dodged deer, having seen none during my short hunt that had me back at the truck by 8:00 AM.
Yet during this limited time I did have a chance to set up my remote camera, which I have experimented with before in an effort to capture a still shot of me drawing down on a deer. With a camera and remote device behind me and the receiver in a small wooden contraption at my feet, the plan is to trigger the shutter with a step of the foot while the camera photographs from behind me at an approaching deer.
I’ve gotten my angle right, and I’ve gotten my focal point correct. All I need now is a deer. Which failed to provide itself for my very short hunt this morning.