Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I absolutely love to field-hunt for geese and for ducks, and anything that makes my set-up time easier and makes my total concealment for those wary birds a consistent advantage has my vote. I've added the new RedHead Deluxe Lay Down Blind from Bass Pro Shops to my list.
I always research things I'm interested in to exhaustion, and for this season I wanted a blind that would be easy to transport, had a lot of options and basically did what I needed it to do. Selecting a good blind is kind of like selecting a good vehicle Ė you're going to spend a lot of time in it, so it'd better be exactly what youíre looking for.
This blind is designed for the waterfowler who will stop at nothing to bring in the birds. I took it out of the box and set it up within no time. The sturdy frame snapped into place easily and fit snugly into the flaps, and it will have a great spring-action when it comes time to harvest those birds.
Photo: Jim Crowley
The new RedHead Laydown Blind is easy to transport and has room for just about everything a waterfowl hunter needs for a morning in a stubble field.
What impressed me the most was the massive amount of room this blind has. Itís a great use of space and there's plenty of elbow room for even the stoutest of hunters.
The fast-open mesh lid system will easily let you call birds and stay concealed without looking away, worried that the birds might see your eyes. No problem of that with this design. The non glare finish has my favorite Advantage Max-4 HD camo pattern made from heavy-duty 600 denier polyester fabric.
The blind features an insulated and padded back and headrest. It resists wind and rain, and attached to the bottom is a 100% waterproof welded tarp that provides 6-inch heat-impenetrable barrier that keeps out the moisture of any wetland. The stubble straps are well made and the dual-zippered flag ports are a nice touch.
The doggy door is great, with room for the biggest of man's best friends. It also features great storage with plenty of room for your shell bag and adjustable mesh shell pockets. The rust-free aluminum frame is lightweight and makes the entire set easily backpack-able, as it folds down to a compact 49-by-36-by-2.5 inches.
When itís all said and done, I'm glad I went with the RedHead Deluxe Lay Down Blind. There were other blinds out there that cost more and did not seem to have the value, extras and design that this one does.
The blind is available through Bass pro Shops for $259.99 and will be a great addition to my hunting arsenal. I look forward to the memories it will provide from this season and many more to come.
Jim Crowley is a freelance writer and an avid outdoorsman and traveler based in Bloomington, Ill. He can be reached through his web site, www.JimmyFish.net.