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June 3, 2009, 07:40 PM
So I was able to obtain a deer lease about an hour away from home. However, I don't have a deer stand and I have looked around and amazed how expensive they are.

I would like to be about 15ft high this way I can have a good look over all the shrubs and would like to be enclosed not up high on a chair.

Do you guys have any plans/blue prints or suggestions for making your own deer blind?

June 3, 2009, 07:49 PM
Stand is the word you seek... I was ready to set you up with info for a "blind"...
For a stand, do you seek a tree stand or a free standing stand? If a tree stand would you want a climber or a ladder stand?


June 3, 2009, 08:11 PM
It sounds like you are asking for something called a "box blind". Do an internet search on that term and you'll find lots of hits. My hunting partner across the street put one of them together a couple of weeks ago by himself - although it would have been easier with help.

The whole idea of using a fixed box blind requires a location where you know the deer will be either traveling through or going to (as in a food plot or field). If you only have one, then you are going to really limit your hunting. Deer hunters must learn to hunt the wind. If the wind is not in your favor, you can ruin a good spot by trying to hunt it that day.

If you really want to build your own, I recommend building wooden ladder stands. Build several and place them in multiple locations so that you can choose the stand that would be best for that particular day of hunting.

June 3, 2009, 08:21 PM
Do you need space for more than yourself, i.e. kiddos?

June 3, 2009, 08:38 PM

I would like to have room for two adults.

June 3, 2009, 08:41 PM
Does this help any?

Jack O'Conner
June 4, 2009, 08:35 AM
Your local Library should have a copy of MODERN CARPENTRY. It's used as a textbook for Vo-Tech Schools nation-wide. Floor framing, wall framing, and rafter placement illustrations are quite helpful.

A cheaper alternative is to purchase an Ol Man Ladder Stand as endorsed by Ted Nugent.



Jack O'Conner
June 4, 2009, 09:00 AM


These photos were taken at Deep Woods Deer & Elk Preserve, Wisconsin.


Art Eatman
June 4, 2009, 09:14 AM
Ah, the advantages from having been a dedicated tree-house builder as a kid! One nice thing about live oak trees in Texas: The Lord provided a site for a platform from which to harass Bambi!

Most of my platforms were sorta triangular. Remember that wind makes limbs move, so a rigid frame will become too loose for safety. I'd use two independent support boards (2x4), with the free ends resting on a cross-piece nailed to the third limb. Then, 1x4 or 1x6 across the 2x4s for the platform.

A simple ladder is easy to build. I used 1" thinwall square tubing for legs and 1/2" re-bar for steps. I gas-welded it with that blue-fluxed high-strength brazing rod. If made in sections short enough to carry in a pickup, 1-1/4" square tubing can be used as sleeves at the jointing.

June 9, 2009, 07:53 PM


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June 10, 2009, 01:35 PM

Notice the hole in the front window for a firing port

June 10, 2009, 01:55 PM
I would prefer one of these....

James R. Burke
June 21, 2009, 01:00 PM
Myself and wife have the pop open type, that can be taken down and moved easy. We dont take them down we set them up really good so they stay put for the whole season. They dont get you off the ground, and I know that is what you are looking for. They do cost alot of bucks. Maybehe owner would let you build one it some trees, I doubt it but worth asking. You could also use the pop open type, and make a platform for it to sit on. Its pretty hard when your trying to save some money. I can feel for that. My freind made a nice one that goes together with a portable screw gun, and he made a plateform for it to sit on. Lots of work but saved some money, plus he still has the blind. We try to put are pop ups on a hill so you can see over small brush etc.

June 21, 2009, 02:05 PM
sam06, :eek:the bed to that pickup is a ground blind in the ocala national forrest, the owner would like his cab back