Sight In Your Rifle. If you wait until the week before the season to sight in your gun, you’ll likely have to wait in line at the shooting range. If you’re serious about making a good, clean shot, spend time sighting your rifle a few weeks ahead of time. Also, make sure you protect your scope so you don’t bump it and knock it out of position on your way to your hunting blind.
Clear a Travel Path. Overgrown plants create a major obstacle when you’re trying to get to your blind quickly and quietly in the fall. Take some time to clear an access path to your hunting blind. You might even want to have multiple routes available depending on wind conditions.
Check Your Gear. Many hunters completely forget about checking their gear until the hunting season rolls around, and that can spell trouble. When you neglect your equipment, there’s a good chance you’re going to spend precious time and money at the sporting goods store replenishing supplies during the season. Do a preseason ladder check on your blind to make sure it’s sturdy, and tighten any loose bolts.It’s a good idea to do a test run. Gear up and head out to your hunting blind to make sure all of your equipment is in working order. You can even shoot a few targets from your blind to help improve field accuracy. Be sure your rangefinder has new batteries, and check to make sure your hunting knife is sharp. The wall to wall sound deadening interior carpet helps with sound containment, but make sure to oil your chair so it doesn’t squeak. Finally, spray for bugs inside your hunting blind a couple weeks before hunting season to eliminate insects.
Scent control. One of the many advantages of hunting from a Shadow Hunter Blind is scent containment, which is extremely important if you’re hunting mature bucks. Hunting blinds and scent control products will not eliminate your scent entirely, but there are some effective ways to minimize your scent while hunting from the comfort and containment of a Shadow Hunter Blind. First, make sure you keep the inside hunting blind windows closed, opening the necessary sides just before a shot. Practice opening the Silent Shadow Window systems quietly. To further reduce this risk of your odor drifting downward, perform your normal scent-control regimen. Wash your clothes in scent-free detergent, place your clothes in a scent-tight container, and spray down with a scent-eliminating spray before heading out to your blind.
Set Up for a Rifle Shot. When hunting with a rifle from a hunting blind, you’ll still want to make sure you simulate your shot sequence. Practice repositioning your body or chair, making sure you have the necessary room to achieve certain shots. You’d hate to miss a big buck because you couldn’t get into position, or worse – you knocked something over while hastily moving about. If one side of your hunting blind is blocked by trees and foliage, it is a good idea to keep the windows on the outside of the blind closed so that any movement inside the blind will not be seen.
Be prepared and be safe. Wear bright orange hunting clothing and gear so you can be seen easily and not confused with a deer. Keep a first aid kit in your blind.Your firearm has a safety mechanism. Keep it in the ‘On’ position until you intend to shoot. Let your family and/or friends know when you’re going hunting and always check the weather forecast. Also, don’t forget to pack some water and healthy snacks to enjoy in your Shadow Hunter Blind.