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Deer blinds are one of the most important aspects when hunting. Every hunter knows that you must stay concealed in order to make your next big kill whether it’s a huge deer or a pair of mallard ducks. You don’t want to lose a chance at that monster buck, do you? In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the best deer blinds of 2018.
Using a hunting blind increases your overall chances of staying hidden & concealed from deer, ducks, coyote & turkey. The different types of deer blinds can help you stay covered from all the prey. Some hunting blinds even cover up human scent to conceal your bodily scent from deer, who have a great sense of smell.
There are many different types of hunting blinds depending on the different prey and the terrain or location you will be hunting. Most hunting blinds are camouflaged patterned, which allows you to blend in with the trees and forest. Some hunting blinds look like a bale of hay so that you can hunt from the middle of a field without being noticed. To the deer, it looks like a typical bale of hay.
In this guide, we will go through 7 different hunting blinds and list the pros and cons of each. These are the hunting blinds that are the best rated and best selling for 2018. They consistently receive high ratings from consumers using them.
- Let’s get started with the top rated best deer blinds:
- #1 Ameristep Care Taker Hub Blind
- #2 Barronett Big Cat 350 Hub Deer Blind
- #3 Ameristep Element Deer Hunting Blind
- #4 Ameristep Deluxe 2 Person Hunting Blind
- #5 Ghostblind 6-Panel Runner Hunting Blind
- #6 Primos Double Bull Deluxe Ground Hunting Blind
- #7 Ameristep Bone Collector Hunting Blind
Let’s get started with the top rated best deer blinds:
#1 Ameristep Care Taker Hub Blind
Calling it one of the most popular deer blinds consistently year after year, the Ameristep Care Taker in Realtree Camo continues to impress myself and others with its performance. With this hunting blind, you are getting the best bang for your buck. I would consider this a beginner hunting blind. It keeps you dry on a wet, rainy day and protects you from the harsh outdoor elements such as wind, snow and rain. Keep yourself protected from insects and other bugs as well. It contains three different windows on each side that are covered with shoot-through replaceable mesh. Shooting through the mesh with a gun or bow doesn’t affect your shot. Carrying it in and out of the woods isn’t a problem with its lightweight 16 lbs size. It’s 66 inches tall and 69 inches wide. Two adults can sit comfortably inside along with two chairs and hunting gear. Easy setup and take down and the light weight of the Ameristep Care Taker is one of the best reasons to use this blind for hunting. This blind can be used both for deer hunting or as a turkey hunting blind.
Super lightweight at 16 lbs.
Easy and portable
Shoot through mesh
Keeps you dry on rainy day
Can get crowded with 3 adults.
“Great blind, great price! Much bigger than expected with plenty of room. This blind provides hunters with the best bang for the buck.”
#2 Barronett Big Cat 350 Hub Deer Blind
At 80″ tall from top to bottom in the center of this blind and 90″ from side to side, this blind is HUGE! If you have been looking for a new hunting blind that is very durable but want to spend a few extra dollars to make sure it’s well spent, the Big Cat 350 is perfect for you. When you are in this blind, it feels spacey, meaning you have a lot of room to move around, get ready for a shot or look through your binoculars. Two adults + 1 kid could fit easily in this blind. In a lot of blinds, you have trouble maneuvering around. Not this one! I recommend this blind for anyone wanting a lot of room. The Big Cat 350 is well built and water resistant. It might be a bit bulky, but taking it to the woods with it’s 19 lbs weight isn’t too terrible. It’s definitely worth the money for such a huge blind and I would personally recommend this blind. Setup is super quick and easy and can be done within a matter of minutes. Shoot through mesh allows you to take a shot without removing the mesh with both a bow or rifle. Big windows are on all sides giving you a complete 360 degree view.
Weighs only 19 lbs
Sets up in only 2 minutes
HUGE! Lots of room
Bulky to carry
“Very nice and roomy blind. Worked well for my 6′ 3″ father in law. Highly recommended.”
#3 Ameristep Element Deer Hunting Blind
Made out of 100% polyester, the Ameristep Element is the perfect blind for deer hunting and could be called the little brother to the most popular Ameristep Care Taker blind. It contains shoot through mesh windows much like many other blinds, but this one has a port to stick your rifle or shotgun through. The camo pattern looks great in Mossy Oak to blend right in with the trees and woods. The blind is 67″ tall and 75″ wide. It’s slightly smaller and lightweight only weighing 18lbs. You can carry this blind like a backpack to the woods.
Lightweight at 18 lbs
Backpack & stakes included
Blends in with woods
Only room for two hunters
Hard to set up than most
Contains shoulder strap
“Well built. Easy to set up and durable. Would recommend this blind and would buy again.”
#4 Ameristep Deluxe 2 Person Hunting Blind
This hunting blind made by Ameristep boasts a large open window right up front. You can see from nearly every angle. No more lugging a folding chair around! The Deluxe 2 person blind includes a chair already built into the blind with a cup holder and arm rest. The blind can fit two adults comfortably and provides each hunter plenty of room to shoot from the large open window. With this blind, you don’t have to worry about replacing any shoot through mesh. It measures 61″ wide and 20″ high, giving you just enough room to maneuver your rifle or bow.
Super light at 16 lbs., portable & easy to carry
Chair is attached to blind already
Holds two adults comfortably
Comes with cup holder & arm rest
Only holds two people
Not very high, only 20″ tall
Can make noise when windy
“Durable & water proof. Easy to set up”
#5 Ghostblind 6-Panel Runner Hunting Blind
If you are one of the hunter’s that like to keep moving around and not staying in one location, then this is the blind for you. The Ghostblind is a new type of blind using a mirrored reflection of the surrounding areas to make you blend in wherever you are. You will be sitting directly on the ground with this blind, so if you are a mobile hunter and can’t stay in the same tree stand or blind, then the Ghostblind is for you. It’s great for both deer and turkey hunting and can be used with both a rifle, shotgun or bow. Turkey hunters will love this blind: lightweight, 8 lbs, portable, weather resistant & it sets up in seconds. You can carry this blind easily with straps or backpack vest. Once you are in your hunting spot, unfold the 6-panel blind and stake it in the ground and you are good to go!
Super light at 8 lbs
Perfect for turkey hunters on the go
Reflects very clear realistic image
Too short to use with a chair
Some say cheaply made
“I’m a turkey hunter & this blind makes it easy to pack and be mobile while hunting turkey. It hides me well and sets up in only seconds to allow me to get ready for a shot quick!”
#6 Primos Double Bull Deluxe Ground Hunting Blind
A whopping 77″ from hub to hub gives you plenty of room to move around. You can have a party in this blind! It’s huge! This is the ultimate blind to use for hunting anything imaginable season after season. The floor space is 60″ x 60″ to give you a lot of room for all your hunting gear, bow, guns, decoys & more. This is a hunting blind that will last for years. This blind was constructed very well and is considered one of the best selling and most durable blinds year after year. The quality of this Primos blind is amazing. It’s built solid and can withstand the abuse that hunters give their equipment. This blind lasts a long time and is considered one of my personal favorites. I’ve bought only two of these blinds over the last 10 years. It is built with some of the best material than any other hunting blind that I’ve been around. This blind is my favorite and one that I would highly recommend for hunters.
Recommended accessory: Primos Primos Double Bull Blind Stakes (4-Pack)
Easy entry and exit
Lots of room
Stake straps not easy to work with
Bag isn’t the greatest
“This is hands down the best hunting blind on the market! I’ve purchased my 4th one!”
#7 Ameristep Bone Collector Hunting Blind
The Bone Collector hunting blind isn’t much different than a lot of the other Ameristep blinds. It’s big selling point is the large 75″ shooting width and the 10 shoot through mesh windows. Like most shoot through mesh, these are replaceable and easy to install. At 67″ tall, there is plenty room to stand or get your gear set up to take the perfect shot. This is one of the few hunting blinds using the NS3 carbon fabric which gives it long lasting durability and reduces the noise. Human scent is a huge factor in deer hunting. Deer have a very good sense of smell and human scent can spook them easily. Don’t lose that huge buck because your scent is everywhere. The NS3 carbon fabric reduces human scent. The NS3 fabric along with the large size make this a great selling point for this blind.
Shoot through mesh openings
Realtree camo pattern
Bone collector logo
Fabric reduces human scent
Only holds two people
Anchor lines are weak
This concludes my list of the best deer blinds for 2018. I have given thorough insight into each blind and listed pros and cons of each hunting blind. Again, having a blind to conceal yourself during the hunting season is important and crucial to your hunt. Deer, duck, turkey & coyote are all pretty smart animals and can see, hear and smell you. A hunting blind helps eliminate those senses to a certain degree.
I hope this helped make a decision in your hunting blind purchase and I wish you the best on your next hunt!