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  • July 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm #634557 Back to Top REPORT

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    I found a good deal on an Ameristep Bone Collector blind and decided to buy it. I’m thinking of setting it up near a water hole during antelope season here in Montana. Opening day is only two weeks away! I’ve never used a blind and am a little nervous about shooting mechanicals through the mesh. I am using Rage 100gr chisel tips. Does anyone have some advice? Anything to be careful of? Would you suggest I used fixed blade? I’m just trying to learn as much as I can about hunting out if blinds. Any advice or help is much appreciated. Thanks!
    July 30, 2014 at 7:09 am #634575 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 34
    Joined: 7/28/2010
    Location: Wisconsin
    Mechanicals will open through the mesh. You need to use fixed blades or lose the mesh.
    "This isn't gonna be pretty"
    July 30, 2014 at 9:27 am #634580 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Agreed, I use mechanicals and I always remove the mesh.  If you don’t open too many windows to where the animal can silhouette you through the blind, you will be fine.  You still have to be careful when they are close, stay tucked as far back in the blind as possible and still be able to draw your bow without hitting your elbow on the back of the blind and you will be fine.
    July 30, 2014 at 11:03 am #634582 Back to Top REPORT
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 64
    Joined: 11/14/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    Setting up your blind for turkeys you can setup with in 10 yards of your decoys but for deer I’d setup 20 or more yards so you can move enough to draw your bow. If the inside of your blind is camo then dress in camo all over but if it’s black out interior dress in all black covering your hands and face. Movement is what deer will key on and spook. Screened window reduce that movement so no windows then hide your movement in other ways.
    August 11, 2014 at 9:58 am #635714 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 46
    Joined: 1/23/2007
    Location: PA
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    Don’t use mechanical through mesh. Used a fixed or lose the mesh as others have stated!
    August 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm #635719 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 1/2/2014
    Location: AZ
    Set the blind up in your back yard.
    Practice shooting from the blind.
    After you shoot the mesh you will open the mesh. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_embarassed}


    SE AZ
    August 12, 2014 at 10:42 am #635837 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 2/25/2009
    The idea of shooting any arrow though mesh, with a BH or even FP just scares me. I never tried it.  I always shoot though an open area.
    August 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm #636138 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 76
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    Location: Wisconsin
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    I did some extreme testing years ago on just that problem. Three well tuned bow’s, nothing but bullet holes in paper. We used more than 12 or 13 different BH’s. On a well stretched screen we could get most fixed blades to fly straight 60% of the time. One in every 3.5 arrows would be a flyer. even miss the deer completely at only 20 yards, and worse yet hit the target in the guts or some other part.
    mechanical’s were all bad, and 2-blade were not good at all. Even had field points fly off target at times. We went through so much mesh that I was given to use, we used it to wrap around our home made tree stands for years. I may still have some stashed at the cabin.
    Ron /////// Archery and Fly fishing
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