As a club, Rainin’ Skies Waterfowl members spend a lot of time in their pit blinds throughout the season. With 35 pits in the ground and 15 duck blinds, John knows his way around creating effective blinds. John says they want to make sure the pits are comfortable enough to make even the harshest days afield a little easier to handle. In addition to comfort, concealment is key and John stresses the importance of using the natural vegetation in your surroundings to camouflage your blind. While some hunters bring in outside materials, John cautions against it as those materials won’t blend in the way vegetation from your immediate surroundings will. Although ducks may not be able to see certain colors, John says that doesn’t mean they can’t pick out bad concealment and unnatural presentations. So, blending to the best of your ability will certainly be time well spent and can make that particular location more effective. While concealing your blind, John also highlights the importance of thinking about your presentation from all angles, not just your singular human perspective. While your blind may look spot on from ground level, hunters need to remember that approaching birds are going to see it from the air and it needs to look flawless from above as well. John says that this year they have been using drones as they construct their blinds for a bird’s eye view. Reviewing the footage, they get from the drone they can then address any holes or problem areas they see from above that may have otherwise gone unnoticed and deterred birds.
Tune in as John Gechter with Rainin’ Skies Waterfowl talks blinds and concealment. He’ll also briefly discuss their goal for the birds they call in to be close and committed before taking a shot. With a “call them close, kill them clean” goal, John says in general they don’t take shots over 30 yards. Finally, find out more about the Rainin’ Skies Waterfowl club as John discusses what prompted them to start the club, and how it operates.