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Best Hunting Blinds Reviewed for Quality & Concealment

last updated Sep 11, 2019

If there's anything we know about hunting it's what you need if you're going to be successful out in the field. Patience is job one. And a patient hunter at some point is going to need a place to perch during the season. Being able to settle in for the long haul isn't just a good idea it can be a necessity if you want to bring home dinner. The trick is to find a happy medium between comfort and invisibility. There are no overwhelming favorites in the industry, which is good for you, the buyer. Hunting blinds aren’t a niche product but have a small enough reach to where no one company has really taken over as a dominant brand.

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 Ameristep Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010
95.2/100 our score
Weight
94
Weather Resistance
96
Durability
95
Capacity
95
Effectiveness
96
Ameristep Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010
Why is it better?

Tough exterior with a comfortable interior

Compact with setup and takedown in mere seconds

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In this update, you will find information on tips for using ground blinds and also what other kinds of blinds are out there. The information should help answer questions and help your decision on which blind is best for you and your hunting situation.

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95.2
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$55.99
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$89.98
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$159.70
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91.2
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$114.79
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$149.99
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86.8
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$145.99
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83.8
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$299.99
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$124.99
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73.4
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$66.99

Best Hunting Blinds

1. Ameristep Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
Ameristep Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 hunting blind
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Weight
94
Weather Resistance
96
Durability
95
Capacity
95
Effectiveness
96
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$55.99
Pros:

Tough exterior with a comfortable interior

Compact with setup and takedown in mere seconds

Cons:

Not waterproof or snowproof

The #1spotis probably the biggest surprise on the list, and possibly in the entire industry. This offering is the Evolved Ingenuity 1RX2S010 Hunting Doghouse Ground Blind.

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Great Low Key Material
Hunters that run their hand across it for the first time will never guess that it is 100% polyester. The build is tough and durable and will last for multiple seasons without issues.

Nearly Invisible
Not only is this just about the best camo pattern on the list, but it's also designed with a shoot through mesh.

Cost and Value
Hunters can get this at a low price, which holds up to be a tremendous value if this is your main blind. It’s the best on the list and continues to impress hunters of all levels.

2. Ameristep Care Taker Realtree Xtra

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
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Ameristep Care Taker Realtree Xtra hunting blind
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Weight
95
Weather Resistance
94
Durability
93
Capacity
94
Effectiveness
94
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$89.98
Pros:

Easy to take down and move to a new location

3 windows on 3 sides keep you ready to shoot

Cons:

There are no replacement windows that can be ordered

Hundreds of customers worldwide have weighed in on how useful this Ameristep blind is. It hits the correct notes on price and features and just missed being the best on the list by one spot.

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Insect Resistant
Something that you wouldn’t think to plan for can end up being a big pain when you’re aiming. That is why the insect resistance of this model is so important and vital to its overall function.

It's a Big Tent
At 69×66 this is a great size for one or two people to set up shop and wait for the game to pass by.

Cost and Value
Hunters can get their hands on this model in the mid-high price range. Even if it is not on sale it is a value that is too good to be missed.

3. Big Cat 350

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Big Cat 350 hunting blind
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Weight
93
Weather Resistance
94
Durability
92
Capacity
93
Effectiveness
93
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$159.70
Pros:

Can fit up to three hunters

90 inches from hub to hub

Cons:

Weighs 19 pounds

Now that the list is in the top three, the big ones are starting to show their worth. The Big Cat 350 is huge in every way possible but goes far beyond just being another large model.

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Color Options
There are two main color options, blades camo, and backwoods camo. They are different enough to fit in with the rest of your gear without clashing.

Lots of Space
Even Bigger than our Silver Medal winner this tent is a sprawling 80 inches tall with a 70×70 footprint. That adds weight but on some days the room is worth it.

Cost and Value
Of course with the size of the Big Cat 350, the price is going to be high. It’s still worth every penny in value, even if you don’t plan on utilizing its multi-person capacity to the fullest.

4. Barronett Blinds GR251BT

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.2
Barronett Blinds GR251BT hunting blind
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Weight
90
Weather Resistance
91
Durability
92
Capacity
92
Effectiveness
91
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$114.79
Pros:

75 inches hub to hub space

Pop up roof on each hub

Cons:

Velcro is too loud

There are plenty in the industry that touts multiple hunter capacities. But if you’re specifically looking for a model that has a 2 person limit, then you’re looking for quality over quantity.

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Just Enough Space
With the Grounder 250, you’ll get a comfortable space for two people to set up and aim. It is true 2 hunter capacity with all of the dimensions of two people getting into position built into the core.

Lightweight
There's not a whole lot of room in this tent but it's light and easy to move and sometimes that makes all the difference.

Cost and Value
Just hitting the mid-price point, this model is a fantastic value for a two-person option. With all that it is offering the price is very much in line with the industry standard.

5. GhostBlind 6-Panel Runner Blind

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
GhostBlind 6-Panel Runner Blind with man shooting a bow from behind it
GhostBlind 6-Panel Runner Blind reverse view of a man sitting behind the hunting bilnd
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Weight
89
Weather Resistance
90
Durability
91
Capacity
88
Effectiveness
90
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$149.99
Pros:

Great for hunters that want to sit on the ground

Lightweight and easy to carry

Camouflages well

Perfect for all seasons

Optional height extenders

Stable anchors

Cons:

Might not be tall enough for all hunters

The Ghostblind made our list because it is different from others on the list. For one, it is more like a stand-up shield than a tent. This one is designed with mirrors and reflects the environment around you to hide you from prey. This is a winner in our book.

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Uses mirrors to camoflauge
We touched on this in the intro, but this one is a reflective surface. It is perfect for the hunter that wants to sit on the ground, hidden from wildlife, and ready to shoot from over the top of the walls. Made from lightweight mirroring materials, you blend right into your surroundings with this blind.

Lightweight and portable
Another plus with the Ghostblind is that it is lightweight and easy to carry with you out into the field and then back to your vehicle after a long day. It folds up (26" x 16.5" x 1.5") into an accordion so it stores away nicely, too.

Cost and Value
This one is midrange on our list, and we think that it's worth the price. It has great camouflage ability, it is easy to carry by hand or in a large backpack and stably anchors into the ground. For those that are okay shooting over the top of their blind rather than from within it, this is a great option for you.

6. Barronett Blinds GR351BT Grounder

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
Barronett Blinds GR351BT Grounder hunting blind
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Weight
88
Weather Resistance
87
Durability
85
Capacity
86
Effectiveness
88
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$145.99
Pros:

Easily fits three hunters

Waterproof

Lightweight and portable

Noise-free windows

Cons:

Polyurethane shell tears

Stakes for grounding are quite small

The Barronett Blinds GR351BT Grounder is essentially the deluxe model of the previously reviewed GR251BT. The 251 is a great, reliable blind, but the 351 just does things in a bigger way. It’s quite a bit taller and wider in order to comfortably accommodate up to 3 fully grown hunters, yet only weighs a few more pounds, keeping its handy portability intact.

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Be very, very quiet
A nice little feature that I would never have thought of, this blind has noise-free window adjustments, making sure that when you’re opening it up to hone in on your target, it won’t get spooked by the noise.

It’s a party in here
That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the Barronett Blinds GR351BT Grounder 350 Pop Up Portable Blind has more than enough room for three grown hunters and all their gear, while still letting them stretch out.

Cost and Value
This is clearly one of the pricier models out there, but for that higher price, you are getting a lot in terms of roominess and comfort. And really, when you compare the price to its smaller cousin the 251 model, there isn’t that much of an increase in what you get.

7. Primos Double Bull Bullpen

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
Primos Double Bull Bullpen hunting blind
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Weight
85
Weather Resistance
84
Durability
85
Capacity
83
Effectiveness
82
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$299.99
Pros:

Great size for multiple people

Solidly built construction from the ground up

Cons:

Price

The Primos model enters the list as the first expensive one, and for good reason. It is one of their most sought after flagship models that stays within the price range of everyday consumers.

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A Great Price
Even with the expensive price tag, this is still a great deal due to it being a 5 hub blind. It remains as one of the lowest priced on the market with a continually strong user base.

Great Views
We love the fact that this blind comes with not only a 180-degree full frontal view but also a patented double bull silent slide window system

Cost and Value
As one of the highest-priced in the industry, it still ranks at a lower cost than a lot of the bigger options. The value will depend heavily on whether you want this size or not.

8. Tangkula Ground Hunting Blind

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81
Tangkula Ground Hunting Blind
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Weight
80
Weather Resistance
81
Durability
82
Capacity
81
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$59.99
Pros:

Spacious and can handle harsh elements

Included storage bag makes it easy to pack and go

Cons:

Weighs 12 pounds

Now comes the first heavy-duty version on the list with this Tangkula model. With the extreme hunter in mind, you could spend days in this without being detected.

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Built Like A Tank
Using 150D Oxford and PU Coating, it is built like a high-end tent and is weatherproof. Camping out in this is not out of the question and will give you a prime position to take a shot when the opportunity arises.

Huge Space
This blind packs up to 3 people offering plenty of room and headroom as well. It has dimensions of it fits up to three people, and dimensions of 58x58x65

Cost and Value
Hunters will be looking at midrange prices when it comes to this model. But the value is there since you are purchasing what is basically a small tent.

9. Ameristep Tent Chair Blind

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77.4
Ameristep Tent Chair Blind hunting blind
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Weight
78
Weather Resistance
79
Durability
77
Capacity
76
Effectiveness
77
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$124.99
Pros:

Chair and tent are easy to carry in one package

The folding chair is more comfortable than your average one

Cons:

Windows are not shoot-through

Combining comfort with great camouflage is the Ameristep tent chair blind, a model that is sure to make a lot of people happy. It’s a pretty novel idea that is sure to catch on to a lot of hunters that spend hours on a trail.

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The Chair Makes A Difference
Including a built-in chair with the package makes this a complete one-stop solution. You can perch yourself for hours while still being in a comfortable shooting position.

A Lightweight Great Idea
Is this a chair or a blind? It's both, it's lightweight and it works, with zippered windows on the front and side and Realtree Xtra camo. Somedays a seat at the game is all you need.

Cost and Value
Buyers will find this hovering at a low price and barely touching the mid-price range. With the included chair the value is pretty substantial if you hunt a lot.

10. Guidesman Pop-Up Hunting Blind

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73.4
Guidesman Pop-Up Hunting Blind hunting blind
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Weight
75
Weather Resistance
74
Durability
75
Capacity
72
Effectiveness
71
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$66.99
Pros:

The uncomplicated setup that takes seconds

Good choice of small and large windows

Cons:

Backpack straps on the carrying case are uncomfortable

Setting up will become second nature after the first time. Guidesman made it as uncomplicated as possible to blend in with the environment while you’re hunting.

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Easy Set Up
It really does function as a pop-up, and can be in place with plenty of time to spare. There are no complicated directions needed to get this equipment up and running.

Expansive Views
This blind comes with all kinds of views on the terrain. It has four zipped shooting windows and three larger zippered windows which allow a full view for whatever is going on around you.

Cost and Value
The price is low, with a lot being offered upfront with the product. Because of the way it is built customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of it for years.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Weight

Weight is a very important factor to take into account when choosing a hunting blind, and it largely depends on how you plan to hunt.  If you’re the type of hunter who prefers to stake out a spot, set up shop and stay mostly in that area for the day, then a doghouse style or similar enclosed blind is probably the one you’ll choose.  

These ones are made to house one or more people plus gear, be waterproof, and comfortable for an extended period of time.  They also need to be sturdy enough to stand up to whatever is thrown at them.  That’s all well and good, and they generally do a great job of this, but those needs will inherently require stronger parts, and more of them, and that will add unavoidable weight.

If, however, you like to be mobile during your hunt, taking the action to your quarry, so to speak, then a much more minimalist approach is your best option.  This comes in the form of a stakeout ground blind. These aren’t tents.  They aren’t much to speak of at all really, consisting of a long and wide sheet of camouflage material and some poles and stakes to pop into the ground.  They are meant to act as a barrier between you and the target temporarily, and then pulled up put away until needed again.  As such, their weight is essentially negligible.

Regardless of the type of blind suits you best, even the heaviest options are only going to weigh nine pounds or so, which isn’t a lot, unless you’re already hauling around a bunch of gear, and, if lucky, your prize.  So it all depends on how many people are in your party, how much stuff you’re all carrying, and how far you need to go.

Weather Resistance

I’ve mentioned weatherproofing a lot during this guide, and it makes sense. The biggest element you are going to encounter on your hunt is, well, the elements. A lot of hunting is done from the fall to the spring, and that’s when the most extreme weather conditions tend to occur. From rain- and snowstorms, to gale force winds and biting snow, blinds need to be able to hold up to the worst.

Not all blinds need to be resistant to everything. Most are only protected against one or two forces. This will depend on where you want to hunt.

How the blind gets its weatherproofing is usually determined by the type of material that makes up the shell. Polyurethane is the go-to choice when it comes to waterproofing a blind. The shell itself will be made of nylon or polyester, which are water-resistant, to begin with, and then a coating of polyurethane is applied to the outer surface, effectively sealing it.

Another reason that nylon or polyester are used for the shell brings us to our next element: wind. The fabrics are also naturally wind resistant. In terms of how wind resistant each fabric is, both have their strengths. Nylon has much more resistance, bordering on being virtually windproof, and a bonus to this is the more wind resistant material is, then the more inhibiting it is.

While it sounds like nylon is the hands-down winner, consider this: Polyester, while offering less resistance, is actually much more breathable, and won’t promote sweating. Nylon will cause sweating, and will actually trap that moisture in, which will, in turn, bring the temperatures down to uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous levels.

Durability

A good blind is nothing if it’s not durable. What’s the use of having one that doesn’t hold up to the elements for more than a season? Fortunately, hunting blinds are being made with strong, versatile materials meant to last.

Aside from having good weather resistance, the nylon and polyester are used to create the shell of the blind are also tear-resistant. They are both lightweight and durable synthetic fabrics that won’t shrink or stretch and are very easy to care for, usually needing nothing more than a wipe down with a damp cloth.

Nylon is softer and stronger, while polyester is faster drying, which is why manufacturers often go with a blend of both in order to maximize their strengths. Because of all these attributes, whether your blind is used every weekend, or spends months packed away waiting for the new season to begin, these high-quality fabrics will keep it in fighting shape.

Now onto the frame. This is what is going to help the blind keep its shape and integrity, so strong and hardy materials are critical. The one most often used here is fiberglass, which nicely balances bring super strong with also being lightweight. Another bonus of fiberglass is it won’t rust after so much exposure to the great outdoors.

The other widely used component is stainless steel. This is a good choice thanks to its superior strength and rigidity, meaning it’s going to hold up to more abuse before giving out. Unfortunately, it’s going to be heavier, and it is less flexible, making it just a bit more inconvenient, though no less useful for the frame.

Ultimately, blind makers decided to incorporate both metal and fiberglass into their frames, thereby utilizing the individual strengths, much like nylon and polyester for the shell, into an incredibly strong and resilient frame.

Capacity

This is very self-explanatory. It’s up to you how many hunters you’ll need your blind to hold, and every maker will have a wealth of options in all sizes. The trick when choosing the right blind comes down to what else it can hold.

Being able to hold four people is one thing, but how comfortable can it do that? Can you hold these people and all your gear? Can you bow hunt from within the blind? The ideal setting will be large enough to yourself and a couple of buddies with gear. It will be tall enough to allow you to stand to shoot, which is huge, because it increases your shot options, and maximizes your kill zone. Lastly, the perfect one is spacious enough (usually achieved by different shape configurations) to let you draw back a bow for the ultimate in silent hunting.

With so many options, it all comes down to the needs of the hunting party.

Effectiveness

All hunting blinds are going to incorporate a form of camouflage into their design, that’s just fact. It’s how they allow you to get the drop on your trophy of choice. They are not all going to be equally effective, however, especially in different situations and environments.

There are camo patterns made for virtually every imaginable scenario. From night hunting in deep woods too early morning deer hunting in a hidden clearing, the chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to find a blind to suit your needs. The problem then becomes finding one single blind with just the right pattern to be used effectively in multiple hunts. That’s why more companies are working toward a more generalized design so that if you can’t blend into your surroundings every time, at least you won’t stand apart from them.

Regardless of which option you chose, the general consensus is that camo is camo. At the end of the day, the best camo is going to be what you make yourself. This means during setup, try to incorporate your surrounds onto your blind. Cover the opening with long grass, for example. The more you conceal your intentions, the better the hunt will be.

Along with making sure your blind blends into your surroundings, you need to remember to mask your scent. You're only so camouflaged by sight. If the animal can smell you down or upwind, then you might as well be out in the open. Make the ground blind work for you so that you're not wasting your time and energy.

Another mode of making your ground blind effective is making sure that you don't pigeonhole yourself by setting it up in one spot that has limited visibility. Limiting your visibility to take the shot can harm your performance. By only giving yourself a one channel shot, you may miss the deer by the time you notice it.

Choose a great location for your ground blind. One effective place could be in a feeding area. Scout out to see if does are coming around that area often to feed. Chances are that that will attract the big buck that you are after. You can scout out a great placement by using trail cameras to get an idea of activity in the area you are looking to set up.

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The Thing About A Hunting Blind

We love our hunting blinds, they can turn a semi-miserable day of hunting into a glamping-like walk in the woods. But, and this is a big but, they are only as good as the place you put it. If you're hunting on any kind of ridge that gives you an expansive view, well you're going to need camouflage, if you're hunting ducks on the banks of a body of water, you'll have to make sure you're downwind of any ducks.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Should I Only Buy Weatherproof Hunting Blinds?

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No. But if you’re the type of hunter that is often waiting in the rain or the snow for prey, then yes. And if you want an installation that you never have to move, then yes again.

q: What Are The Benefits Of A Multi-person Model?

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The first is having your own dedicated space rather than having to share. The other is using a multi-person model as a single person unit in order to capitalize on the extra space.

q: Is It Better To Get A Tent Instead?

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No, because blinds provide better cover, and of course a place for you to aim without blowing your cover. They also let you blend into your environment, weapon, scent and all.

q: Can all blinds be used for bow hunting?

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No.  Not all blinds are designed with enough room to fully draw back the bow.

q: Are hunting blinds insulated?

a:

No.  These are designed to be easily portable, and adding insulation would make them too bulky.

q: What are blinds made out of?

a:

In most cases, the outer shell is made from polyurethane, while the frame is built from either fiberglass or steel, or both.

q: Will the wind blow them away?

a:

Well, not while you’re inside it.  When you away though, all of them are secured to the ground by metal stakes.

q: Are blinds hard to set up?

a:

As a rule of thumb, most are very simple to set up. This is necessitated by the need to be as discreet as possible so as to not frighten away animals. Some are even made in a pop-up style, making set up even easier.

q: How many people do they fit?

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This varies by the blind, ranging from a single person to four or more. Some are also meant to hold a set amount of people plus gear. While these can probably hold more than the stated number, it would be cramped and possibly impede shooting.

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