Blind faith: One way to conceal

Blinds often have shooting windows and are used by hunters who are disabled or using a bow. 

Whether you're a shotgun-toting turkey hunter setting up on the fly or a bowhunter set up in a high-sign area, a blind is an excellent way to conceal hunters.

It also can add to a hunter's comfort by providing room to move around.

A number of blinds are available at sporting goods stores or through mail-order outlets that range from a short, 2-foot-wide piece of camo cloth staked around the hunter to complete tentlike blinds that offer shelter from the rain and sun.

These larger blinds typically have easy-open shooting windows on each side and are commonly used by hunters who are disabled or using a bow.

For more industrious, budget-conscious hunters, a blind made from natural materials can easily be built and, in some instances, may prove even more effective.

While using downed trees and logs to build low walls is a good start, probably the easiest way to build a blind is to break out a pair of ratchet cutters and trim a number of leafy limbs from the surrounding brush and trees.

Stake the limbs in a manner that offers adequate room to move around inside if necessary, but does not stand out from the surrounding terrain.

Get inside the blind and trim away limbs that obstruct your shooting lanes.

It is important to remember not to conceal yourself so well that you can't see what's going on around you, particularly the approach of another hunter!

If building permanent, natural blinds, try to construct them prior to the season, but only after you have determined likely travel routes or entry points along the field. No sense building a blind in a poor location.

If you know where gobblers are apt to roost and strut during the day, or if you have seen hens feeding in a particular part of a field where gobblers are bound to show up later, put your blind in these areas.