DIY: snowproofing your blind

by Tom Armstrong | November 18, 2020
DIY snowproofing

Late-season big game hunters appreciate a blanket of fresh snow — unless you’re hunting from a ground blind. That’s because, as good as many modern blinds are, I haven’t found one that will stand up to a heavy northwestern Ontario snowfall. At a minimum, the roof collapses, and depending on how much snow accumulates, poles start breaking, which have a habit of punching through the blind material.

Here’s a quick preseason project that prevents blind damage, and avoids the expense of a replacement blind.

Here’s how to build one

• Find four fairly evenly spaced trees to set your blind between.

• Screw four 2x4s across the span of the trees, forming a rough, downward sloping rectangle. The slope will encourage snow to slide off.

• Add a couple of 2x4s to the interior of the rectangle to support the roof.

• Cut a piece of treated plywood and screw it to the 2x4s. The roof might not be symmetrical, and might require some creative cuts.

a camo blind between coniferous trees

On private land, experiment with chipboard or roll roofing for a more permanent structure. It’s worth it on a long-term site. I’m currently testing metal roofing, covered with burlap to dampen rain noise. (Yet to be tested with a big whitetail 20 steps away!)

A common sight for anyone who leaves a ground blind up late.

Public land tip

I spoke with MNRF enforcement staff about using this on public land and learned that a ground blind with a simple roof cover may be used, as long as it’s solely for hunting and not overnight accommodation.

Originally published in the Nov.-Dec. 2019 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine

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  1. Bob Hunt wrote: Why not just get an extendable pole to hold the Center up so it won’t collapse. A paint roller extension handle works good, 2 pieces of pvc pipe that fit one inside the other with some holes and a pin works good also.
  2. John Scott wrote: Why can't you sleep over night in your ground blind? MNRF should show the law that prohibits it. No different than a small tent if you happen to get caught out late in the bush. Seems like it is just one CO's misguided opinion.
  3. Ermanno D'Angelo wrote: I didn’t think you were allowed to attach anything like screws to trees on public land.
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Ermanno, while the Public Lands Act does not state that attaching screws or establishing structures is illegal, it does highlight that such items may be asked to be removed: