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I want to go out for spring turkey, it will be my first time hunting at all. I've been practicing with my bow throughout winter and know my comfortable distances for shots. My question is about blinds. I probably should have read more before I bought one but I bought this blind
and then read in the digest that blinds must fully enclose the hunter. I just want to make sure that I can't legally use this primos blind I bought before I send it back.

Also does anyone know the reasoning behind this? Just curious why only a fully enclosed blind would be legal. Thanks!
 

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By definition the only truly fully enclosed blinds are the style with the shoot-through netting in place.
Any time you remove the netting, the blind is not fully hiding your movement viewed from 360 degrees.

I don't know anybody that actually shoots through the netting, and certainly nobody does it with a shotgun, so it's my interpretation that nearly 100% of blinds used in Pennsylvania are illegal.

I just avoid the whole mess by never hunting from a blind.
 

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By definition the only truly fully enclosed blinds are the style with the shoot-through netting in place.
Any time you remove the netting, the blind is not fully hiding your movement viewed from 360 degrees.

I don't know anybody that actually shoots through the netting, and certainly nobody does it with a shotgun, so it's my interpretation that nearly 100% of blinds used in Pennsylvania are illegal.

I just avoid the whole mess by never hunting from a blind.
The PGC knows most hunters do not shoot through the netting. It's not likely that their interpretation is the same. But even netting that is drawn on opposite sides of the blind can allow silhouette movement detection. The regs allow blinds that "block the detection of movement". In some cases netting will not do that.

The thing that is confusing is you can sit behind a deadfall or tall vegetation but can't erect an artificial blind that replicates the same. Blinds are not for me but I got nothing against them.
 

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Blinds are not for me but I got nothing against them.
No, me either. In fact I think it works to my advantage that more turkey hunters are hunting from a blind. The majority of TV personalities hunt from blinds and decoys over a field......so they encourage new hunters to do the same thing.
That keeps them generally in one place, while I can take advantage of being mobile.

I have young kids that will be hunting with me in the coming years, so I may change my tune depending on their abilities and desires, but for now I prefer to stay outside the tent.
 

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No, me either. In fact I think it works to my advantage that more turkey hunters are hunting from a blind. The majority of TV personalities hunt from blinds and decoys over a field......so they encourage new hunters to do the same thing.
That keeps them generally in one place, while I can take advantage of being mobile.

SHHHhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!
 

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No, me either. In fact I think it works to my advantage that more turkey hunters are hunting from a blind. The majority of TV personalities hunt from blinds and decoys over a field......so they encourage new hunters to do the same thing.
That keeps them generally in one place, while I can take advantage of being mobile.

I have young kids that will be hunting with me in the coming years, so I may change my tune depending on their abilities and desires, but for now I prefer to stay outside the tent.
This was my thinking also but then I seen that cheap blind and figured maybe if I find a good spot it'd be worth having. I won't use it now, I like the idea of being able to just so and go as quietly and quickly as I'd want to. I got a few calls to go along with the blind and boy do I sound like a jackass messing with them in my living room. My kids think it's pretty funny, my wife tells me I sound like a goose haha
 

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There have been a number of times I killed a bird with my shotgun and I really wished I had my bow along because I'm certain I could have killed them with a bow.
Kudos to you for starting out with a bow.
I have to kill one with the gun each year before I start toting the bow around, and even then I usually end up going back to the gun. I just like killing turkeys I guess.

Only ever killed one with the bow myself.
 

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I took my nephew out last spring, for his first hunting experience, and I'll tell you the truth...

... I kinda wish I'd brought a blind. Too much "ants in pants" for a successful hunt.

Mobility? Perfectly still in the woods? It'll come. Just not now. For now, I want a good morning in the field, and some gobbles heard, and (with luck) a bird called in, and (with even more luck) at good shot taken.

The rest will come in time... ;)
 

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Blinds are great to use with kids and also small parcels of land where you can't run and gun. With posted land anymore it can make it difficult since you don't have much room to move around. A blind with some chairs does help you be able to sit for long periods of time.

With our new camp in Ohio being close to public land, I am really looking forward to running and gunning for some birds. Been a while since I done that.
 
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