A deer hunting blind is a great way to get close to the game. And using a deer hunting blind allows for the deer to approach your chosen hunting locations without fear or hesitation.

We’ll be covering the 6 best placements for your deer hunting blind. We’ve broken down and explained many of the benefits of each deer hunting blind placement, as you read through this article.

1. Access Points

An access point can be any gap, road, or other openings that give deer a way in and out of your hunting area. Deer will use these areas to enter and exit the area, and they also use them as travel corridors between food sources and forage.

Deer are clever creatures with the ability to navigate through any opening, no matter how small. They use these gaps in order to enter and leave bedding areas to enter feeding areas and back and forth while also using them as travel corridors making access points the perfect place for setting up an elevated deer hunting blind.

2. Funnel Points

A funnel point and an access point are both fairly similar in design and use. A funnel point is a natural, or man-made spot where the movement of deer has been limited to forcing them to travel through smaller travel zones. An example of some of the most common funnel points is where a wood lot narrows due to farm fields on either side of it, or a creek, or other waterway, naturally forms a narrow passage; which forces the deer to travel the path of least resistance.

Access points and funnel points are great places for deer hunting blind placements. As the deer are naturally funneled through these narrow areas between two or more obstacles that they have become used to using for traveling to and from bedding and feeding areas.

Deer Pathways

3. Crossing Points

Deer are clever creatures, often using the same natural crossings over, and over again. These crossings can be found in places where it is easy for the deer to get across things like small waterways. Like a shallow or narrow creek crossing that has naturally steep banks on either side of it. These natural formations are perfect crossing points for the deer to travel to and from bedding and feeding areas.

The deer are inevitably drawn to these crossing points where they can easily navigate across obstacles. By using the wind in your favor and choosing the proper placement for your deer hunting blind around these crossing points - you'll realize better odds of bagging a deer this deer hunting season.

4. Feeding Areas

Deer hunting in feeding areas can be a great way to fill your freezer. However, it is important to remember a few key things when choosing to setup your deer hunting blind in these areas.

First, deer are creatures of habit and will typically return to the same spot day after day.

Second, deer are very aware of their surroundings and will spook easily if they sense something is off.

Third, deer are attracted to food, so it is important to be aware of what they are eating and where their food sources are.

Pay close attention and take great care to be mindful when setting up your deer hunting blind in feeding areas. Make sure your deer hunting blind blends into the natural surroundings; and doesn't stand out unnaturally, or the deer will certainly notice something's out of place in their feeding area and will surely spook!

You can camouflage your deer hunting blind by placing it near the woodline or other natural foliage. By keeping these things in mind, you can increase your chances of success when deer hunting in feeding areas.

5. Travel Routes (aka - Deer Trails)

It's important to find the best deer trail locations for your deer hunting blind setup. Finding these deer travel routes can help ensure that you have the best possible chance at deer hunting success. Whitetail deer love traveling along familiar paths, which means if you can find where there are multiple deer trails converging into one feeding area – that location would make for an ideal deer hunting blind placement.

Editor’s Note: Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a hunting blind placement is the wind direction. You want to make sure that the wind is blowing in your direction so that the deer cannot smell you. If they can smell you, they will be alerted and will likely avoid your area altogether.

I recommend scouting out at least three possible deer hunting blind locations within your chosen hunting area. So, if the wind is not in your favor on any given hunting day you can then choose from any of the other locations you have scouted. Thus, stacking the odds in your favor.

Best Pathway For Deer Placements

6. Escape Routes

When deer hunting season is in full swing. All deer hunters are looking for any extra edge, they can get to help them put some venison in the freezer. One way to increase your chances of deer hunting success is to locate deer escape routes. These are areas that deer use to exit from an area when they feel pressured, alerted, or scared.

While escape routes can be hard to find, they can be very productive if there is increased hunting pressure in the area. Deer will often use the same escape routes year after year, so once you find one it can be a goldmine for funneling deer to you. Which makes these locations a very good spot to setup your deer hunting blind.

Here are a few tips to help you find deer escape routes:

-Look for areas with a dense cover that deer can use to escape and hide in quickly. These areas are usually close to open areas where deer feel vulnerable - such as feeding areas.

-Look for deer trails leading into and out of these areas. These trails will be well-worn and easy to see.

-Pay attention to the wind direction. Deer are very sensitive to smell and will use the wind to their advantage when they feel pressured. So, the escape routes are generally found in the direction of the facing wind.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of finding deer escape routes and bagging that trophy whitetail you've been hunting for.

Editors Note: Ideally, you should position your deer hunting blind, so it won't be noticeable to the deer. Place it inside a tree line. This will prevent you from giving away your location, which is the top defense of a deer. To put it simply, make sure your deer hunting blind is set far enough back in the woods and natural cover that will allow you to see the animal with your eyes. While this may be a pain, it will give you the best chance of success.

In Conclusion

Deer hunting from a ground blind can be a great way to get closer to the deer you hunt. By placing yourself at ground level, you are able to get a better sense of their movements and behavior. This can help you better predict their patterns, giving you an edge in your hunt.

Additionally, deer hunting from a deer hunting blind can also help improve your hunting skills by forcing you to be more strategic in your hunting approach. If you are looking for a new challenge this deer hunting season, consider giving deer hunting blinds a try. Happy Hunting!

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