For some breeds of hunter, getting the perfect photo of a duck or deer is the ultimate reward. And while the goal of wildlife photo hunters is different than that of traditional hunters, some of the trappings are the same, including the necessity of blinds for concealment. Photography equipment can be expensive, but you can save some money by making your own photo blind.
A pit blind is one of the simplest blinds that a photo hunter can build. The majority of the hunter's body is concealed from view by being lower than the ground level. Since ducks prefer marshy water, the pit is often a mostly-buried box. For dry-land photography, the pit can be dug directly into the ground. For even more concealment, cover the open top with a layer of brush, leaves or a camouflage drape.
The traditional blind is a box-shaped booth that is concealed by brush, where a photographer can hide while taking photos. The frame can be constructed of PVC, conduit pipe or wood. The frame can be hidden with camouflage fabric, vegetation such as brush or leaves, or marsh grass. To construct the frame, sketch it out in advance and determine the lengths for your PVC pipe. Assemble the PVC pieces using PVC connectors for joints. Mark each pipe piece at the joints with a permanent marker for reference. Then disassemble the frame, sand the PVC joints and pipe, and glue each piece into the joint. Paint the pipe so that it blends into its surroundings and add the grasses to the exterior.
A coffin blind, sometimes known as a layout blind, is a sleeping bag-like concealment. The photographer or hunter uses it to hide by lying prone on the ground, then sitting up, pulling back the concealment and capturing the animal by surprise. Most of these blinds are built around a framework that is barely larger than the photographer's prone body. The framework can be assembled using wooden dowel rods, PVC or metal conduit pipe. The fabric is sewn so that it covers the framework like a tent shell or a sock. The blind may be further concealed by rubbing the fabric with mud, or covering it with local vegetation.
A deer blind is designed to elevate the hunter and position him above the wildlife's sight line. Most common blinds are boxes that are set up in tree branches. To construct a blind of this nature, build a wooden platform box, much like a tree house fort, that is open on one side to admit the photographer. Be sure to leave an opening in the remaining three sides through which a camera can be aimed and shot. Secure this box into the branches of a sturdy tree.