Ground Blind- Wet Heavy Snow?Contributors to this thread:
Joey Ward 26-Oct-17
spike buck 27-Oct-17
Rob Nye 01-Nov-17
What do you do for wet heavy snow from collapsing/breaking poles?
Cut a piece of 1 or 1.5 inch pvc pipe roughly 1 inch longer than the blind is tall. Use it as a support column by placing if under the ceiling hub.
It's worked for my Ameristep and Double bull blinds for years.
Forgot to add that you'll be able to "gently" brush off the residual snow when you get in it without too much hassle.
+1 milnrick....I have done exactly the same thing with good results.
I’ve used a sapling cut to length in a pinch. They make telescoping supports specifically for that purpose.
I use a extending painter's pole. One of those that you screw on a roller. Cheaper than those made specifically for holding up blinds.
From: Joey Ward
I use 1” pvc cut into three pieces and two unions. Easy to break down and keep in the blind tote bag.
My Ameristep one person did pretty well last year in the snow.
Not exactly wet heavy, but heavy enough that I thought it would be a gonner when I got back to it
I got a little preoccupied with this work and couldn't get back up there 4 miles in for a couple days, hehehehehehe
From: spike buck
Funny you would post this thread!! We just got nine inches of wet snow and all 14 blinds collapsed, but not a single one was broken. I was thinking the worse this morning for nothing. Season starts tomorrow morning.
Thanks for the suggestions. I had two poles (on separate hubs, $50 to replace) break a few years ago. I bought 1.25” PVC with an end cap for the bottom so it doesn’t sink into the ground.
I've broken a couple of hubs due to snow. If you're under a limb you can also tie off the top eye ring on the roof to the limb above.
I use the extendable painters poles also with a pad connected to the top. Cheap and efficient.
Hidden hunter blinds. I'm in northern MI. Snow can't bring thing one down.
From: Rob Nye
I cut the correct lentgth 2x4 and screw a 1 foot square piece of plywood to one end to sit on floor. On top end drill a hole just big enough to fit bolt/nut that runs thru top hub. Easy and cheap.