By Mark Kenyon
The rain. The quickly dropping temperatures. The lack of human pressure for nearly two months. Conditions were perfect for an opening weekend strike on a mature, Michigan buck. Perfect, that is, except for the fact that the wind that day was dead wrong.
Somehow though, he still came in. A 4.5 year old, 150 class Michigan giant came right to the food plot, despite my wind blowing right where it shouldn’t. A miracle?
Or how about this. It was 24 degrees, snowing and with winds blowing at 20 miles per hour. Still, there I sat with my 8 year old nephew watching several does feeding in the cut bean field several hundred yards away. He wasn’t miserable, he wasn’t dying to go inside. He was enjoying himself. A miracle?
Or how about this one. My wife went hunting with me. Enough said. A miracle?
Nope. Each of these scenarios was made possible not by a miracle, but instead by a hunting blind. Specifically, a Redneck Hunting Blind. After using one of these premium manufactured blinds for a full season now, I’ve come to love my Redneck and today I’ll explain why.
Before we dive too far into my own experiences and opinions, lets cover the basics of what a Redneck Blind is. Redneck Blinds are the producers of heavy duty, high quality manufactured hunting blinds and stands. This isn’t the ole box blind your grandpa built on the “Back 40″ out of plywood and 2 x 4s. The Redneck blinds are serious structures, made from real building materials and constructed to handle some serious wear and tear. The blind I own is the Predator 360 Crossover model, and it is 5′ by 6′ and weighs 330 lbs. The blind is constructed 100% of fiberglass with a gel coat finish, and the inside floor and lower walls are covered in marine carpeting. Needless to say, with this kind of construction, it makes for a terrifically sturdy, quiet, and well sealed box blind. On top of that, there a number of nice features inside, such as the wooden shelves that line the inside of the blind just below the window and included gun holders which you can see in the photo below (image provided by Redneck Blinds).
This particular model has four traditional horizontal windows and four vertical windows. The two types of windows are unique to the “crossover” series from Redneck, and it allows for easy firearm, crossbow AND vertical bow hunting. All of these windows are made of tempered automotive glass, and they seal nicely with the use of automotive gaskets.
All that said, this blind sits on top of a 10′ metal stand (other heights available), with a staircase style ladder with hand rail for access into the elevated blind. The stand structure is rock solid, and I’ve found the ladder/steps to be easy and quiet to use.
In short, this is a palace of a hunting blind and the envy of every one of my buddies that has stepped foot in it. That said, lets walk through my experiences with the Predator 360 over the past year.
First, lets talk set-up. When you purchase a Redneck blind it will come in two packages. You’ll receive the blind itself, totally assembled and ready to rock. The stand will be separate though, and this needs to be assembled and attached to the blind. Then of course, the blind and stand need to be stood up into an upright position.
I will admit, this was not a quick project. That said, it’s not too ridiculously difficult either, it just requires the careful following of directions and some strong hands. Included with the Redneck Blind is a DVD with instrutions, as well as printed instructions and these really helped. Although I’m not the best with directions, we were able to put it all together ok.
Let me explain the set-up process at a high level. First you must get the blind and the packaged stand parts to the location that you want the blind to be erected at. We used a friend’s skid steer to transport the blind and stand back onto my property, as this was several hundred pounds of material. From there, we laid the blind on it’s side and attached the base of the stand to the bottom of the blind. Then from there we built the stand leg by leg, as the blind laid on it’s side.
Once all four of the legs on the stand were secured, it was time to left the blind into the upright position. There are several recommended ways of doing this, but we took the man power option. We secured two legs into the ground with metal stakes and ratchet straps, and then four of us pushed the stand up from the opposite side until it was upright.
It was definitely a project and it took maybe about 4 hours. But once that was done, the Redneck was ready to rock and roll, and it stood tall and sturdy. Well over a year later, the blind is still in perfect condition, level, steady and seemingly indestructible. Well worth the 4 hours invested.
My Personal Experiences and Thoughts
That said, once my blind was set-up, it was time to hunt. And since that date I’ve spent many a cold morning or evening in it. I’ve weathered rain, snow, sleet and everything in between. I’ve hunted from it with a bow and muzzle loader, and have brought a number of guests along with me too. Now after many long hours in my Redneck, I’ve come to really appreciate this blind because of five main benefits it offers. I’ve expanded on each of those benefits below, and it’s for these reasons that I’d recommend Redneck Blinds to anyone in the market.
Weather Resistance: First and foremost, the Redneck blind is a terrific option for escaping the elements. I hunt and film no matter the weather, rain or shine, and having a blind like this makes those rough weather days a million times nicer. I hunted in my Redneck during thunderstorms, gale force winds, and near blizzard like conditions. Through everything that Mother Nature could throw at me, I stayed dry, warm and in the hunt. For this reason alone, the Redneck was worth it’s weight in gold.
Extreme Comfort and Functionality: In a similar vein, the Redneck makes for a very comfortable hunting experience. You can easily fit a fold out chair or two in the blind and still fit a tripod and camera (if you film). This makes for a great experience if you’re bringing a partner along to hunt, or if you’re hunting for long periods of time – ie. an all day sit during the rut. I may be getting soft, but I’ve really come to enjoy kicking back in my blind, sipping a drink, and watching the deer and rain outside the windows. I’ve joked with my buddies that I could bring a pillow and sleeping bag and just sleep over night in the blind too! This level of comfort also makes the Redneck perfect for introducing new hunters to the woods.
Additionally the shelf space, gun holders and carpeted floors make the space within very functional and quiet. When you need to open windows, you can do so easily and silently by sliding a spring clip off the glass and opening the window. If you’re hunting with a gun, the window sills with the rubber gaskets make for a quiet gun rest. And if you’re hunting with a bow, the vertical swinging windows open with lots of room for you to maneuver and aim. Another simple, but nice feature, is the 2″ overhanging roof – which prevents most rain from getting on the windows and obscuring your view.
Easy For New Hunters: The Predator 360 is easy to get into, comfortable to sit in, and it stays warm and dry within. For these reasons, a high quality box blind such as this is a terrific stand to use when bringing new or young hunters out for a hunt. As mentioned before, I hunted in December with my eight year old nephew and with my easy to freeze wife. Both of them were comfortable and content in the Redneck blind during some freezing cold weather. The worst thing to do when bringing a new hunter out into the woods is put them in a situation where they will be miserable. A box blind like this ensures that comfort won’t be an issue.
Scent Containment: As previously mentioned, I nearly got away with murder in the early season this year, when I hunted my Redneck Blind on a day with a poor wind direction. Despite the fact that my wind was blowing almost right to a bedding area, with the windows sealed, I was able to contain most of my odor – and it worked well enough that a mature buck came straight from that bedding area to within 45 yards of me. Whenever I had a questionable wind for my property this season, I knew I could head to the Redneck and be safe. Over and over the scent containment of this blind proved invaluable to me, as I had numerous deer approach from downwind and enter the food plot I was hunting over. It’s not going to contain 100% of your scent, but it will significantly reduce the amount of odor that will blow down wind. This is a huge benefit to a fully contained box blind such as this.
Superior Safety: Here’s another important benefit of the Redneck Blind, safety. This was actually the original reason I became interested in this blind. My father has poor eyesight, so much so that he does not feel comfortable climbing in and out of a treestand. For this reason, he has always hunted from the ground. But given his eyesight – he has a hard time seeing much at ground level as well. With the Redneck blind, he can comfortably and safely walk up the ladder with the handrail and get into the elevated blind. Then once within the blind, he’s as comfortable, safe and stable as can be. Finally, now in an elevated position, he has a much better view. Without a doubt, the Redneck is a perfect blind for anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable climbing into a tree. My wife falls into this category as well, as she often complains that the tree steps for my regular treestands are spaced too far apart for her to climb. That’s no problem at all with the Redneck, and she’s now a thousand times more likely to join me on hunts when they are in the blind, as she feels much more safe entering and exiting.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m sure you can tell that I’m a big fan of the Predator 360 from Redneck Blinds. It’s an incredibly high quality blind, that helps safely get you into an elevated hunting position, while keeping you protected from poor wind directions and all the rest of the elements that mother nature can throw at you.
For those reasons, a Redneck Blind is a great option for any serious hunter/landowner but especially for those hunting with children, new hunters, or those that don’t feel comfortable in treestands.
That said, a Redneck blind is not for everyone.
A blind and stand combo such as this will set you back a few grand and that is one serious investment. With that said, I’m not going to try telling you that everyone needs to run out and buy a Redneck Blind if they want to kill big bucks. That’s just not true. Most folks will do just fine hunting from treestands, home made blinds, or on the ground.
But if you own land and have expendable income that you want to invest into improving your hunting property – this is a great option. A premium, manufactured box blind such as this can make for a more enjoyable and successful hunting experience, and from what I’ve seen and experienced, there is no better manufactured box blind out there.
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