By Mark Kenyon
“Here he comes,” I hissed.
We slowly and silently pulled up the windows behind us and pulled down the windows in front. Josh and I scooted back to the outer edges of the blind, and my dad moved up front and center. Enveloped in black and nearly invisible from the outside, my dad pulled his shotgun up into position and then waited. And waited. And then … bang! My dad had just killed his first turkey.
This was only the third time I’d hunted in my new Redneck Hay Bale Blind, and now two birds had already been killed in those three hunts.
If this early success is any indicator of what’s in store for the future, I’m feeling very good about my prospects in this blind. That said, today I wanted to share my impressions of the Redneck Blinds Outfitter Hay Bale Blind to date. Hay bale blinds have become all the rage in the last five years or so, and now I can see why. In short, I’ve found the Redneck Hay Bale Blind to be a solidly built, super comfortable and functional blind for anyone looking to take their ground blind hunting to the next level.
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The Outfitter Hay Bale Blind, which is the model I own, is simply impressive. From a hunting standpoint it does its job well. Hay bales are a common sight for deer and turkeys in many parts of the country, and for that reason they’re accepted with almost no concern. I’d always heard this about hay bale blinds, but after just a few hunts I saw with my own eyes that it was true. Turkeys, normally weary on my property, came waltzing right in, never taking a second-glance at the hay bale. Numerous deer passing by acted the same way. And just as important, shrouded in darkness on the inside, we stayed almost invisible. As I mentioned earlier, at one point we had three of us in the blind, shuffling into new positions, and neither the incoming tom or hen caught us moving. This will come in awfully handy come deer season.
On top of the obvious concealment benefits, the Outfitter is also a very accommodating and comfortable blind. On the outside it looks like a hay bale, but on the inside it feels like th Taj Mahal. With six feet in width there is plenty of room to hunt and/or film comfortably, as evidenced by the fact that we had three adults in the blind for the aforementioned turkey hunt with room to spare. In addition to plenty of ground space, there’s also significantly better head-room than I’ve experienced in other ground blinds. I could stand up nearly to full height in this blind, and I’m 6’3″. This is the kind of roominess that I’ve only ever experienced in fully manufactured box blinds, but this coming in at a fraction of the cost/weight and with added portability.
Other perks of the blind include a silent entry door, sealed with magnets, and sliding cloth “window panels” that can be quietly shifted up or down as needed. These work awesome and will be clutch when trying to adjust windows during close encounters with deer. And of course, being constructed of a metal frame and thick woven cover, these hay bale blinds are sturdy and weather-hardy. In short, this seems to be a blind that I’ll be hunting from for many years to come.
Despite being heavy duty, it really doesn’t weigh that much, so I can see this blind being pretty easy to pick up and move to a new location, making it even more versatile.
All that said, there are a few things on the other side of the coin worth considering. As I mentioned above, now that my hay bale blind is all set-up, I love it. But it wasn’t always that way.
Let me be up-front with you. I am not mechanically gifted. And by that, I mean I can hardly put together a set of legos – let alone a complicated structure. So assembling the hay bale blind was a little bit of a challenge for me. There were thorough instructions along with the blind and all the necessary hardware, but for someone with my mind, it was somewhat trying. This is my one qualm with the hay bale blind, as it’s definitely more time-consuming to put up than traditional pop-up ground blinds.
That said, if you’re more handy than me, which you probably are, set-up should not be an issue. In all, set-up of the blind took us between an hour or two (with two of us working on it) and that process consisted of assembly of the metal frame, which takes the majority of your time, and then draping and securing the woven straw cover on the outside to provide the hay bale look. Plan on an hour or two, make sure you have a socket/ratchet set, and ideally bring a friend along to help. It’s a bit of an energy investment up front, but the return you get on that time investment is that the final product is significantly superior to your typical pop-up blind.
Cost is another factor to consider, as a Redneck Haybale Blind is more expensive than most ground blinds you can buy at the store.
Some up-front time in set-up and a higher price-tag may deter some people from trying a ground blind of this type, but now that I have one myself, I can see it’s an investment (both in time and money) that is well worthwhile in many circumstances.
If you’re looking for a ground blind that will work very well in agricultural settings or in other wide-open areas, you’re going to have a hard time beating one of Redneck’s hay bale blinds. They look incredible, they’re terrifically comfortable to hunt from and they’re built for the long-haul. Buy one of these now and your kids or grandkids might still be hunting from it someday 10 or more years down the road.
Additionally, I see the Redneck Hay Bale Blinds being a great option for hunters who want roomy and more long-lasting hunting options at ground level than what you can typically get from a pop-up ground blind. In my case, this hay bale blind is going to be a great option for my dad during deer season, as he avoids tree stands due to eyesight issues. It would also make for a terrific blind to take new hunters or children in as well.
That all said, I definitely would recommend this blind. And I’m looking forward to many more exciting on-the-ground encounters in my Redneck Hay Bale Blind during deer and turkey seasons to come, which based on what I’ve seen so far, likely will be a regular occurrence!
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