Building an A frame ideas.

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  1. Little Ruddy

    Little Ruddy Elite Refuge Member

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    I've always wondered if you could make a good seasonal profit growing switch grass, cedars and pines trees, then add zip ties, burlap and you'd be set...the blind store! Ha ha
     
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  2. Fsbirdhouse

    Fsbirdhouse Senior Refuge Member

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    YES! I'm reading... Next to, Beside, Under, Angled, and heavy material in construction. Pardon me! But what are you thinking?
    I want big. I want very big and light and I want it to hunt wherever I choose to hunt that day!
    Reed fencing from Home Depot online. Cheap, tuff, light. Ditch bank grasses zip tied to, and you can hunt one blind ANYWHERE ALL THE TIME!
    Roll up portable 16' long. $25 plus zip ties about 35 Lbs
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    So, nothing beside it. Nothing angled. Nothing matched, nothing short, and I can show you a ton of pictures just like it in bare fields, snow covered fields and piles of geese in front of all. This is a hard frame blind. Hunted it for years
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  3. Easterncanadafowler

    Easterncanadafowler Senior Refuge Member

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  4. Fsbirdhouse

    Fsbirdhouse Senior Refuge Member

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    Aluminum isn't cheap. Emt conduit in 3/4" verticals, 1/2" horizontals works quite fine.
    Young guys that hunt with me can easily pack front half one trip out and back the same 12 footer will easily seat four hunters with 3' elbow room, five on occasion. once in location, two pins ten second set up. Other than base material of reed fencing, style of design can be to taste. But hiding blind is not mandatory, beyond grassing.
    I generally hunt only those locations I can drive right to the X, but sometimes crop rotations require short pack in.
     
  5. Easterncanadafowler

    Easterncanadafowler Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks .I'm just trying to do as much as I can correctly.We don't get a lot of chances, the birds are usually educated and not lots of geese in our area.My thinking is that if we use an A frame as close to where they want to be in a field we will have a better time to know where the geese if we are not on our backs looking in one direction.I feel that every hunt if we could have shot more to one side or behind us we would have been done sooner or limited out.Oh yeah sure sometime we cannot do anything wrong and they end up in heading to the hole 15 yards out but often they slide by too.

    We have some round aluminum stock and a young guy that wants to work on hus welding so we decided to fab something up in a couple weeks .I think we will do two 6' sections that get connected to each other in the middle and have doors or removable panels on each end.It is something we can do together an a project.I found some grass and can have it for free as the guy wants it cut so I m excited about that after looking for it for miles around.That switchgrass just cannot be found wild around here but I found something real close locally.I may transplant some .

    My whole intent is to build something with better comfort and visibility and stand to shoot even if the geese don't come as close as if we were in layouts.The layouts to me are just super low profile and the geese come in nice but to me they are hard to get in and out of(mine is older and FA SUB).hard to see without your head stuck up and hard to shoot out when geese get behind you...Maybe im too old and too fussy.
    Terry
     
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  6. Easterncanadafowler

    Easterncanadafowler Senior Refuge Member

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    What are you using to fasten you grass to the blind ?
     
  7. Fsbirdhouse

    Fsbirdhouse Senior Refuge Member

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    Zip tie Reed fencing to frame. Zip Tie grasses to Reed fencing. Good quality zip ties a must.
    This is what I use on all hinge points. Two eye bolts. Lock nuts. Washers between eyes, bolt must fill eye as close as may be, as seen here.
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  8. Fsbirdhouse

    Fsbirdhouse Senior Refuge Member

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    Terry,
    My blind is not one to shoot geese behind you. I sacrifice that for all other shots and comfort. The blind is 5 ft deep and so I sit in directors camp chair comfortably, then stand as birds begin to work. I have gun at ready, standing up when call is made. I can actually be aiming at birds as they work in and they don't see me until call comes to "take 'Em". Not to brag really, but friends have often called it the Taj Mahal of waterfowl blinds. It is extremely comfortable. It is however, not a wind blocker. Four hunters, two dogs easily. 12 ft blind is about $140-$160 to build.
    Build two 6 footers and simply butt together. No connectors needed. I have two 6' blinds and this 12' blind but seldom have all three in field past opening day. Often have 5 or 6 hunters tho when two butted together.
    Geese are geese and some won't finish that last 15 yards no matter what. But most ducks do, in your face!
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