4 Days Ago
I'll sometimes set up where birds could approach from any direction, so I like the same huntability all around the blind as I have in the front, including silence and shootability. That's one thing I could quibble with the Dark Horse about. Plus, even if I never need to shoot out of a closed window, I like to peek without making major moves from my chair.
I like to check if the windows are low enough to shoot from my knees, in case I have to get off my chair, which sometimes is necessary.
I don't understand the window layout on 99% of the blinds I see on the market. Who's designing these things? I went looking online at quite a few last night, and I had complaints about nearly all of them, LOL. The high-end Primos Double Bull (Deluxe?) came closest to meeting expectations, but it didn't blow me away....Possibly because if you have it on your mind, you're talking 27 pounds of extra ballast weighing on you. LOL. 27 pounds!---I guess ground blinds are going the same way as treestands..."Lightweight" will soon mean anything under 24 pounds, in marketing-speak.
That said, I insist on a big blind so I can move around, lay my gear out the way I want, hunt with a guest when necessary, and most importantly tuck back from the shooting window far enough to be in shadow without affecting my draw on the "back wall."
A few other requirements:
Brush loops, top ventilation, and a well-designed blind bag are nice. I might even pass up a blind I otherwise liked if it didn't have a good bag. Can't always drive right up to your spot with your "lightweight" ground blind, LOL.