Best Deer Blinds for 2018

February 2nd, 2018 by Trey Copeland

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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

Ameristep Care Taker Hub BlindCalling 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.

Pros:
Super lightweight at 16 lbs.
Easy and portable
Shoot through mesh
Keeps you dry on rainy day
Cons:
Can get crowded with 3 adults.
Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.2 stars (354 Customer Reviews)
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“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

Barronett Big Cat 350 Hub BlindAt 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.

Pros:
Weighs only 19 lbs
 Sets up in only 2 minutes
 HUGE! Lots of room
 Water resistant
Cons:
 Bulky to carry
Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.3 stars (112 Customer Reviews)
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“Very nice and roomy blind. Worked well for my 6′ 3″ father in law. Highly recommended.”

#3 Ameristep Element Deer Hunting Blind

Ameristep Element 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.

Pros:
Lightweight at 18 lbs
 Backpack & stakes included
 Blends in with woods
 Velcro windows
Cons:
 Only room for two hunters
 Hard to set up than most
 Contains shoulder strap
Amazon’s Customer Ratings:  3.9 stars (21 Customer Reviews)
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“Well built. Easy to set up and durable. Would recommend this blind and would buy again.”

#4 Ameristep Deluxe 2 Person Hunting Blind

Ameristep Deluxe 2 Person Hunting BlindThis 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.

Pros:
 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
Cons:
 Only holds two people
 Not very high, only 20″ tall
 Can make noise when windy
Amazon’s Customer Ratings:  3.9 stars (58 Customer Reviews)

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“Durable & water proof. Easy to set up”

#5 Ghostblind 6-Panel Runner Hunting Blind

Ghostblind 6-Panel Runner Hunting BlindIf 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!

Pros:
Super light at 8 lbs
Very portable
Perfect for turkey hunters on the go
Reflects very clear realistic image
Cons:
Too short to use with a chair
Some say cheaply made
Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 3.8 stars (37 Customer Reviews)
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“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

Primos Double Bull Deluxe Ground Hunting BlindA 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)

Pros:
Easy entry and exit
Lots of room
Huge blind!
360 visibility
Cons:
Stake straps not easy to work with
Bag isn’t the greatest
Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.4 stars (85 Customer Reviews)
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“This is hands down the best hunting blind on the market! I’ve purchased my 4th one!”

#7 Ameristep Bone Collector Hunting Blind

Ameristep Bone Collector Hunting BlindThe 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.

Pros:
Shoot through mesh openings
Realtree camo pattern
Bone collector logo
Fabric reduces human scent
Cons:
Only holds two people
Anchor lines are weak
Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.1 stars (29 Customer Reviews)
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“Would buy again without hestitation”


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!

Product Brand Model List Price
Ameristep Care Taker Ground Blind, Realtree Xtra Ameristep 1RX2H011 $99.99
Ameristep Doghouse Hunting Blind, Realtree Xtra Ameristep 1RX2S010 $79.99
Barronett Blinds PT550BW Pentagon Pop Up Portable Hunting Blind, Bloodtrail Backwoods Camo Barronett Blinds PT550BW $229.99
TANGKULA Hunting Blinds 2-3 People Portable Pop Up Turkey Hunting Tent Woodland Backwoods Camping Hiking 150 Oxford Weather Proof Mesh Window Ground Blind TANGKULA N/A $147.99
Ameristep Crush Silencer Blind 62"W X 66"H Ameristep 1RX2H096L $149.99
Terrain The Range 5 Sided Hunting Blind Terrain 80121 $749.00
Barronett Blinds RA200BW Radar Pop Up Portable Blind, Bloodtrail Backwoods Camo Barronett Blinds RA200BW $89.99
Barronett Blinds Big Cat Hunting Blind Barronett Blinds BC350BW $219.99
Barronett Blinds GR251BT Grounder 250 Pop Up Portable 2 Person Blind, Bloodtrail Woodland Camo Barronett Blinds GR251BT $129.99
Ameristep Tent Chair Easy Fold Over Ground Blind, Realtree Xtra Ameristep 1RX1C028 $89.99
Barronett Blinds GR351BT Grounder 350 Pop Up Portable Blind, Woodland Camo Barronett Blinds GR351BT $159.99
GhostBlind 6-Panel Runner Blind GhostBlind GBI-6PR-AZ $159.99
Ameristep Element Hunting Blind 75"W x 67"H Ameristep 1MC3H095 $169.99
Ground Hunting Blind Tent Pop Up Zero Detect Turret Turkey Deer Duck Goose XL N/A 04HBT002-2-SQ0401 $104.89
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29 responses on “Best Deer Blinds for 2018

  1. Don R.

    Have two of the Ameristep blinds and they are amazing. We take those suckers out to the fields and woods all the time. No tears or rips in them after three years and still going strong. They build some high quality blinds. Not sure of the actual material but it’s quite strong. I killed a coyote out of one of mine before during turkey season. Coyote came up scared away my birds and I blew right through the shoot through mesh to blast a hole in him. Called Ameristep and they sent me a replacement mesh. Easy! Buy Ameristep!

  2. Bruce Wright

    The Ghostblind really shouldn’t be on this list in my opinion. It is portable but it doesn’t give a natural feel. I have heard good things about the Primos and I personally like the Big Cat 350 for deer and turkey. It’s my go-to blind when I turkey hunt, deer hunt, coyote hunt or whatever. Good list of hunting blinds but I would go with the Big Cat 350 for all around hunting.

  3. Butch

    I have the Ghostblind and I found it to be a great choice for me. It’s so portable and easy to carry for when I have to walk a long way to get to my hunting spot. This one doesn’t require a lot of assembly, either, so I can easily pack it and set it up within seconds. I would definitely recommend to anyone who has to walk a decent distance and doesn’t want to have to carry a bulky blind around.

    1. Trey Copeland Post author

      All these blinds have pros and cons. It all depends on what your wants and needs are. The Ghostblind is super light and portable. It looks really neat. I think the Ameristep Caretaker would be a good turkey hunting blind as well for the price.

    1. Trey Copeland Post author

      Hi Seth,

      It all depends on the type of tree you are looking for. Are you looking for a pattern that looks like a tree & leaves? If so, then any of the above should be a fit for you. But if you are looking to find a hunting blind that looks like a tree trunk, it gets a bit pricey.

  4. Katlyn

    This post was helpful and I appreciate the pros and cons of each hunting blind. I chose the Big Cat 350 for my husband and it appears to hold up a long life. Sounds to be very sturdy and durable according to the reviews.

  5. Ethan

    Very good round up of the best hunting blinds this year. I would strongly suggest the Caretaker for the lower price tag but good brand. There’s also one called Redneck blinds that are pretty nice.

  6. Brandon Cline

    As a long time hunter, I would recommend Ameristep blinds. They are decently priced for a decent quality blind. You’re going to want to buy a new blind anyway every 5 years at least. I would buy the Caretaker and be done with it. I got the hunting blind for under $100 on Amazon.

  7. Spud

    We have the Big Cat 350 and it is a great blind. We hunted with it last season and very pleased with the design and how easy it was to set up. You can easily put the accessories inside the blind. Pros: Designed really well and durable. Cons: NONE!

  8. Westin S.

    I’ve been hunting for years and years and have used all types of blinds from cheap to expensive. For me, the Ameristep Caretaker is what I use regularly. The price point and ease of use is why I purchased it. I read all the reviews on this site before purchasing earlier this year. I bought it less than $100. It has lasted through wind and rain 🌧 this year while allowing me to fill both of my Mississippi deer tags. If you were like me and looking for a deer blind for a cheaper price point then I recommend the Caretaker. If anything goes wrong with this blind for any reason then Ameristep has amazing customer service and will get you take care of.

  9. Ren

    We decided to purchase the Ameristep Caretaker before deer hunting season due to the awesome reviews the blind had. I’m a veteran hunter and haven’t used this blind before this year and was somewhat impressed with it. For the price point of buying a hunting blind under $100, it has proven very durable and lasted us through December. I usually buy a new blind to use every year. I like this blind and would give it a thumbs up 5 stars!

  10. Phillip D.

    The Ameristep Caretaker has been a great blind for us to have over the last few years. Found out this year they are no longer making it anymore so it will be discontinued and probably marked down on the price, which means you can prolly get it for a steal. My father was going to buy a Caretaker but they were sold out at our local store so he read the reviews on Amazon and decided on the Big Cat. He likes to take the grandchildren with him and it gives him plenty room for them to move around. Most of the reviews on here are for the caretaker and I can understand why. But you should really consider the big cat for its durability and not too bad of a price point.

  11. Grady

    I want to go ahead and say that I purchased the Big Cat 350. Here’s my reasons why:

    The blind is the most well constructed blind I have ever seen and used. It’s durable and feels rock solid. Where I hunt, there is a whipping wind that comes around the other side of some trees and it hits me right in the face usually. The Big Cat continues to stand even in heavy winds. I’m also a tall guy about 6′ 2″ and like to stand when I shoot and to move around when my legs are feeling weak. The blind allows us big men (and women) to stand freely if needed. The material seems to be of very good quality and the sewing of the seams looks pretty darn great. Not for sure if made in the USA or not. Probably not. Final thoughts: sturdy construction, very large for 4 people, windows all sides and comfortable. Would recommend it. Thanks!

  12. Lawrence

    Pops up in a jiffy. That is what I was wanting in a turkey blind. I don’t want to fool around for half an hour trying to get a freaking blind up. I just want to hunt. The caretaker let me actually hunt.

  13. Brian Pierson

    So after reviewing your list and making our purchase, we decided on the Ameristep Caretaker. It was reasonably priced and has very good reviews. I took my dad out turkey hunting with me and this works perfect as a turkey blind. It fit us both comfortably along with our guns and two folding chairs. It’s a very lightweight hunting blind and easy to carry to the woods.

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