||The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (March 2010)|
A hunting blind is a cover device for hunters, designed to reduce the chance of detection. Ground blinds are an alternative to the traditional tree stand; movements in a well-designed ground blind can virtually be undetectable by the game. There are different types of blinds for different situations, such as deer blinds and duck blinds. Some are exceedingly simple and easy to construct, while others are quite complex.
Duck blinds in the grain fields in south central Oregon and north central California can be as simple as a hunter walking two or three miles out into a grain field, stopping at a dike, a raised area, two feet (60 cm) or so high, 10 or 12 feet (3.0-3.6 m) wide and usually a half mile or so long on a side. The hunter simply sits down on the top and pushes dirt away with both feet, front and back. In two to three minutes a shallow depression is created. Then additional stubble from cut grain can be placed around the edges, enough to provide cover when the hunter lies down when birds are spotted, sitting up when they come in range. The blind can be deepened to allow sitting upright, if desired, by using a digging tool. In other areas duck blinds can be quite elaborate. More substantial structures are common in the midwestern United States and their purpose often extends beyond concealment to include protection from the elements, particularly from rain and cold. In some areas, blinds can approach small cabins in their size and amenities. A sinkbox is another elaborate form of duck blind, designed for partial submersion in a body of water. They are illegal to use in the United States.
Deer blinds may not be legal in all areas so hunters are obligated to check hunting laws before constructing one. Alternatives include simply sitting still at the base of a tree. This would be legal everywhere hunting is permitted.
What may be illegal is adding to a natural condition to improve upon it and conceal a hunter's presence, or actually constructing something with sides and a roof.
In Some states, hunting from a camouflaged blind may be prohibited during rifle/shotgun season. In which case a hunter is required to add orange patch on blind such that the orange is visible from all angles.
Other simple blinds include climbing a tree, usually with special climbing equipment and also with some kind of seat, or with a burlap enclosed frame. In India, a hunting platform on a tree during shikar is known as machan.