Pit blinds are great way to sneak up on big game if you know how to set them up properly.
Pit blind hunting is new to a lot of big game hunters because most of us have gotten used to crossbow hunting out of treestands, pop-up blinds, or simply in cover. However, pit blinds are another great option which are rarely used or advertised (probably because they’re free).
So what is a pit blind? A pit blind is basically a fancy term for a shallow hole (fox hole in army terms) in the ground that a gives the hunter low lying, out of sight hunting position. Making one is simple, cheap and relatively quick to setup. Here are how you can get started..
- Your going to need tools, for a pit blind that means a digging gear (shovel, pick axe, ect)
- Find a hunting spot with good background cover to help hide your silhouette.
- Keep the wind and sun in mind. Obviously you want the wind in your favor but it’s also important to keep the sun behind you as shadows cast by any background cover will help keep you hidden.
- Once you’ve chosen that perfect spot, get digging. For a single crossbow hunter you will want to make a hole comparable to the width, length, and depth of a bath tube.
- While digging be sure to pile the dirt up around the outside of the pit. This will add depth to give you cover. Just remember to leave few opening in your piles of dirt for shooting lanes.
- Finally, throw some brush, leaves, grass, or branches on top of the surrounding dirt pile to make it blend it to the surrounding area and hide that fresh dirt. If your want to spend the time you can build a roof for it as well.
Once your done the pit you can set a stool or lawn chair for added comfort. Now your ready to hunt.
Just keep in mind that for most hunters, shooting a crossbow from this angle will be completely new. Remember that your bolts will be flying up into the animal and therefore you should aim a little lower depending on how close your target is. Also, keep your crossbow bolts trajectory in mind and take a couple practice shots from this setup, before you hunt it.