Best Hunting Blinds

A good hunting blind is an essential piece of kit, primarily for keeping you completely concealed from your prey, and also for keeping you out of cold wind, and keeping you and your gear dry from the weather.

Knowing you’re completely hidden frees you to take your time to line up your shot.  And having use of a blind ensures your silhouette is broken so you can move around without your movement being picked up.

We’ve gone through the best hunting blinds available on the market and come up with our Top 5.  

We’ve also got a buying guide for you that you might want to take a look at if you scroll further down.

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Best Hunting Blinds - Comparison Table

Best Hunting Blinds - Reviews

Rhino are a big name in hunting ground blinds. Rhino blinds are endorsed by hunting professionals, and are high quality blinds that will prevail season to season.

This is a square shaped blind that is tall enough to stand in and can fit 3 people altogether, the dimensions are 66” height, floor of 58” by 58”, and hub to hub 75” by 75”.

It’s available in 4 different camouflage designs, all of which are realistic and one which is quite dark. Take a look and make sure you read the description of each before making your choice.

There are windows on 3 sides of the blind, which can be adjusted not just from open to closed, but also from either the top or the bottom, and you can choose whether or not to have the mesh up.

It’s durability is outstanding. Rhino blinds are the toughest on the market. They are made with 150 denier polyester and are UV treated, water repellent and antimicrobial treated, so you won’t get any mold or color fading.

It’s super easy to set up, the walls just pop up, and after a bit of practice you can do it in 60 seconds.

And there are no noisy zippers - all the closures are silent, including the door and the hook and loop windows.

Pros

  • Good camouflage
  • Good size
  • Good size of windows
  • Easy to set up
  • Silent closures
  • Good number of windows
  • Good positioning of windows
  • Super durable
  • Withstands the elements
  • Windows have shoot through mesh covers
  • Ideal for both bow and gun hunting

Cons

  • Takes time to get used to setting it up and working the window closures
  • Though it can fit 3 people you’d be more comfortable with just 2 of you

This waterproof ground blind by Ameristep is a great square blind, intended to fit up to 3 people.

The standout feature of this blind is how silent it is.  Rather than using loud zippers, there’s a hinged silent door to allow easy and silent access in and out.  The windows are also silent to open, close, or to simply place the mesh covers on.

On the subject of windows, the windows are positioned at two different heights, so you can choose whether to take your aim standing or sitting, and you don’t have to be in the same position for the whole hunt.  The windows also have a more organic shape than other blinds out there with rectangular windows.

The silent mesh attachment mutes any windows adjustments as you find your shot, and the shoot through mesh windows have special gun ports.

The blind comes in 2 varieties of camouflage, including a real tree edge frame, or the darker mossy oak break up.  It features shadow guard coating too. There are even brush loops on the outside for adding natural foliage to the blind, to make it really look like part of the surroundings.

It’s pop up set up makes it easy to put up and pack away.  You can set it up in under 2 minutes.

It’s made from durable, comfortable materials, 50% polyester and 50% cotton.

Pros

  • Good camouflage
  • Silent closures for the door and windows
  • Windows feature dedicated gun ports
  • Organically shaped windows at different heights
  • Quick and easy to set up

Cons

  • Some customers prefer the original version to this new silent one

What we love about this blind from Ameristep, is that there is no assembly required.  It’s a complete concealment system which includes a comfortable chair, with a large covering attached.  You just fold out the chair and flip over the blind!

It’s also that much easy to carry around too, instead of carrying both a blind and a chair, you’re carrying one piece of gear, not two, and it all goes in one carry case with a shoulder strap all included in the price.

It’s really good for firearm or crossbow hunting, but is too small for bow hunting.

It only comes with one fold out chair, but at a push you could fit two people in there.

We like how there are cup holders in each arm rest.

It’s 50% polyester and 50% cotton, so good, comfortable material, and it’s waterproof too - a little bit of rain and is not going to spoil your hunt.

It also features a shadow guard coating which serves to get rid of any shadows or silhouettes.

Pros

  • Carry one piece of gear not two
  • No assembly needed
  • Good camouflage
  • Quite roomy for a one person chair blind
  • Shadow guard coating

Cons

  • Will only fit 2 people at the absolute maximum

This blind from Ameristep is a huge hit with Amazon customers

Again it’s a square shaped blind, but it’s a little smaller designed to fit just 2 people comfortably.  It’s 66” high with a footprint of 55” by 55”.

It’s available in two camouflage patterns, including mossy oak break up country, and real tree edge.

It’s really good for bow hunting, crossbow hunting or gun hunting.

There are plenty of windows and they are well positioned.  They feature camo shoot through mesh windows, which have the added bonus of being shadow guard coated, which really disguises your shadow.  The windows are replaceable too.

It’s made from a waterproof durashell plus fabric, and it’s spider hub frame is easy to set up and take down, you can do it in under 2 minutes.

You can rely on the blind to stay in place for the duration of the hunt, since it comes equipped with heavy duty tie downs and stakes.

Pros

  • Lots of great reviews on Amazon
  • Good camouflage, including on the windows
  • Plenty of well positioned windows
  • Waterproof
  • Heavy duty tie downs and stakes

Cons

  • Only fits two people

Here’s another best selling ground blind from Rhino blinds.

This one has a more rounded look to it, and is built to comfortably fit two hunters, though it has a decent sized floor space of 60” by 60”, and a decent center height of 66”..

It provides good camouflage patterns to suit 3 different patterns of terrain.

The windows are quite modest in size, but that’s not always a bad thing.

Rhino blinds are built to stand the worst sorts of weather.  With it’s 150 denier polyester and water repellent features, you’ll be safe from any serious downpour.  It also has an antibacterial coating too, to prevent any mold and mildew which can gather.

The blind is really quick and easy to set up once you get the hang of it.

The stress points of the blind have triple stitched corners and reinforcements which work to prevent wear and tear on the fabric.

Pros

  • Good brand
  • Good quality, durable material, polyester
  • Good camouflage
  • Waterproof
  • Antibacterial coating
  • Modest windows

Cons

  • It’s only designed to comfortably fit 2 people, and is a bit too small for use in bow hunting

Best Hunting Blinds - Buyers Guide

There are a handful of things to consider when selecting your hunting blind, including camouflage, windows and gun ports, ease to carry and set up, and protection from the elements.

Camouflage

The whole point of using a blind rather than a tent, is to be completely disguised from your target.  It’s imperative that you don’t scare away the animals before you start aiming.

A good camouflaged blind will enable you to blend in perfectly with your surroundings and the natural backdrop, such as amongst trees or foliage.  It will break up your silhouette and allow you to move around without attracting any attention. Have the appearance of your terrain in mind when making your purchase and you won’t go far wrong.

You will have noticed that all of the hunting blinds in our Top 5 all have a camouflage coating.

Windows and gun ports

Specially manufactured gun ports are a great feature to have in a hunting blind.  You don’t have to feel around for a good spot or cut a slot out yourself. The gun ports will need to be smartly positioned for you to aim (and shoot) comfortably.

Windows are a must.  They let in some much needed air and enable you to scout for targets.  You want windows placed at just the right height, and you’ll ideally want to see not just what’s in front of you but at the sides too, and maybe behind as well.

Most hunters using blinds prefer to be sat down to scope around and take their aim, for better accuracy, so the height of a window is important in this respect too.  

Having the option to open or close the windows is a plus, but if you did want to keep them open, a special mesh to keep out any insects might be something to consider.

It’s also possible to get blinds with silent door and window zips, which avoids alerting nearby animals to your presence.  But if you don’t have silent zips, you could easily make do with velcro.

Easy to carry and set up

You’re likely to be carrying your blind quite a distance before you set up the blind, so the lighter it is the better.  Some blinds can be carried in backpack form, with the backpack included in the price. This is the most comfortable and convenient way of carrying your blind.

Having a blind that’s easy to set up is also a big plus.  It’s not nice to have to set up in a blind in bad weather, so a blind that that you just pop up would be a dream.

(That said a frame ground blind will do a much better job of standing up to the elements than a pop up blind would.  You’ll have to weigh up which would be the best option for you.)

Protection 

A hunt generally involves a lot of waiting around, so comfort is a must.

Although we’ve touched on the value of windows and gun ports, you don’t want your blind to have too many small holes, because as soon as you hit a bout of heavy rain or strong wind you’ll quickly be comfortable and it can ruin the hunt for you.

On that note, if there’s a lot of rain in your neck of the words, you may want to get a blind that’s waterproof, or at least water resistant in the event of a shower.  If your blind isn’t waterproof, you could always give it the once over with silicone spray, that should do the trick.

Similarly if you’re in an area with a lot of heat, you don’t want to be holed up too tightly and end up sweating through all your gear.  Hot or not though, having extra room to move around and work with is never a bad thing. You’ll want room to be able to stand up at the very least.

A polyester blind is generally a good call for blind material, it provides reasonably good protection from the elements, and should leave you feeling comfortable.  Polyester is a good quality material and should last you for several seasons. It’s lightweight too.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best ground blind for deer hunting?

All of the blinds in our Top 5 are well suited for deer hunting, especially our number one.  Some of the top 5 are better suited to rifle hunting than bow hunting though. All of them will do for rifle hunting, but if you are bow hunting we would recommend that you go with either our Number 1, or Number 2.

The main thing to look out for in a ground blind for deer hunting is how well camouflaged against the terrain, so the trick is to really know what your intended terrain looks like prior to your purchase.  

When you set up your blind, position is key for blending in, but remember you need a wide view to catch sight of your prey.

Do ground blinds spook deer?

Of course ground blinds are designed to blend in perfectly with the surroundings, but there are some things about a ground blind which make it look less natural.  For example rectangular shapes like your mesh windows are not a common shape in nature. One way to get around this is to get a ground blind that has a more organic shape, such as those in our Number 2 blind.  

Another thing to look out for is mesh windows that have a camo finish, such as those in our Number 4 blind.

Can deer smell you in a ground blind?

Deers have a really good sense of smell, and even the best ground blinds out there can’t hide it completely.  However there are some actions you can take to prevent being caught out too early. Perhaps the main tip is to spray scent eliminating sprays on your hunting blind, and on your clothes and all of your gear in the blind.

Another tip is to use an ozone machine.  This has been proven to be the most effective method for removing odors from all of your hunting equipment, including your both your clothing and your gear.

Are hunting blinds waterproof?

All hunting blinds will offer some level of water resistance.  Ameristep blinds are waterproof, like our Number 2, 3, and 4. Rhino blinds on the other hand are treated with a durable water repellent, so they will perform a lot better in heavy rain.  We have featured Rhino blinds in our Top 5 too, specifically, our Number 1 and Number 5.

If you wanted to add even more water resistance to your hunting blind, you can spray it with a silicone spray, which you can find on Amazon.

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