Hunting Blinds – Choose the Best Deer Hunting Blinds
Ameristep is a popular deer hunting ground blind manufacturer. They make spring steel style blinds and hub-style blinds, their most popular being the Doghouse blind and the Brickhouse blind.
Ameristep blinds are popular for many reasons, including the design and comfort of their hunting blinds. Although they also make turkey hunting blinds, most of their blinds are deer hunting blinds and they come in a variety of camo patterns from their own Tangle 2.0 and Snow Tangle, to Realtree AP HD.
Hunting experts such as Michael Waddell, Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo, and Mike Avery have collaborated with Ameristep to create personalized hunting blinds and tree stands. See the Ameristep Bone Collector Blind as an example of that collaboration in action.
Some Ameristep Blinds for Sale
- Ameristep Intimidator 2 Blind
- Ameristep Bone Collector Blind
- Ameristep Doghouse Blind
- Ameristep Outhouse Blind
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The Michael Waddell Bone Collector Blind features vertical window technology, and a heat release roof vent system and shoot-through mesh with gun port. The carbon-enhanced fabric helps eliminate, scent, shine, and excess noise.
You can stay invisible while relishing 360 degrees of shooting with the Ameristep Bone Collector Hunting Blind. This easy up, easy down hub-style ground blind features Ameristep’s cutting edge NS3 Microtech Fabric, which eliminates shine and noise with its weather resistant, dull fleece finish. The Bone Collector Hunting Blind is fortified on the inside with the scent blocking, carbon-enhanced Shadowguard laminated interior finish. Vertical window technology and shoot-through mesh windows with gun port give you lots of shooting options in any direction. Built-in roof vent system releases heat to help you stay comfortable and focused when the temperature starts to rise.
With enough room for 2 people, this Ameristep ground blind is very roomy. The Bone Collector Blind takes only minutes to set up and tear down, and has a great layout. For the price, the quality of this blind is surprising.
The Bone Collector Blind has proven to be stable in the wind.
Some drawbacks include the necessity for some hunters to have to shoot from a sitting position (the blind is 69 inches tall or 5 foot 9 inches). Also, although the fabric is water resistant, some hunters have said the Bone Collector blind is not truly waterproof. Finally, the button up window flaps can be difficult to get off and on easily.
However, the Ameristep Bone Collector Blind has lots of space inside and can easily hold two hunters who are gun hunting. Bowhunters might have a tougher time getting two inside, but that really depends on size. For the average bowhunters, two should fit comfortably. The windows are easy to shoot a bow through from a seated position with room to spare inside the blind. The side by side vertical windows are a serious plus for bowhunters.
You can buy an Ameristep Bone Collector Blind at Basspro.com.
Ameristep Bone Collector Blind Specifications
- Model #3297
- Scent, sound, and sight eliminating ground blind with 360 degree shooting
- NS3 exterior fabric with carbon-enhanced Shadowguard laminated interior
- Eliminates shine and noise on the outside and blocks scent on the interior
- Vertical window technology
- Shoot-through mesh windows with gun port
- Heat-release vent system
- Measures 69 inches tall
- 75 inches shooting width from hub to hub
- 10 windows
- Rugged Hub-Style Construction
- Comes in the Realtree AP HD camo pattern
- Weighs about 20 pounds
- Comes with stakes and tie downs for use in high wind conditions
- Pack dimensions are 8 inches x 44 inches
Ameristep Bone Collector Blind Models
- Model: #3297 Realtree AP HD Camo
You can also buy an Ameristep Bone Collector Blind at Basspro.com.
The Ameristep Doghouse Blind is Ameristep’s original and most popular ground blind. The Ameristep Doghouse “continues to dominate and lead the way in Ground Blind performance.” It’s especially well suited for firearm and bow hunting, and good for photographers.
The Ameristep Doghouse Blind comes in these camo patterns: Snow Cover Snow Tangle, Ameristep Tangle 2.0, Realtree APG HD, Realtree AP HD. (Click for samples of camo patterns. Realtree’s APG is on the page toward the middle.)
Ameristep’s doghouse blind with carrying case features edge re-leaf, Durashell, shadow guard, window tie downs, shoot through mesh, stakes and high wind tie downs, four windows/three portholes, and a backpack carrying case.
Ameristep’s Doghouse series blinds combine camouflage, weather protection and portability. The Ameristep Doghouse Blind even features Durashell, which is a quiet water-resistant nylon outer shell. The Ameristep Doghouse Realtree AP Camo Blind has a spring steel design, and pops open in one easy step. This blind comes with a Durashell outer shell, which is quiet, weatherproof, and wear resistant. The shadow guard is a black liner that eliminates shadows and gives hunters an advantage.
The Ameristep doghouse blind is 60 inches square by 68 inches tall and weighs approximately 14 pounds. It is TSC compatible, although the kit for that isn’t included. Parts include two fiber polls, 1 carrying case, ground stakes, and high-wind tie downs.
The Ameristep doghouse blind has seven windows. If your fiber polls ever happen to fail or become lost you can order replacements from Ameristep.
Doghouse Blind Set Up
Set up instructions for the Ameristep Doghouse Blind
Remove the ground stakes and fiber poles from the carrying case.
Remove your blind from the backpack. Holding one of the three ring sets of steel, let the other two pop open.
Once it has popped open, unfold the blind and lay it flat on the ground
Take hold of the corner put your foot on the bottom section lift top side up
Lift blind over your head so you are standing on the inside when it opens up
After standing your blind up right, insert fiber polls. Use high wind tie downs/ground stakes to secure the blind.
Included with the blind are two fiber poles to arch the roof. Insert one end of each poll into opposite pockets inside the blind. The poles will cross that the peak of the roof.
The pockets are located either at window areas or bottom corners in all four corners of the blind. You secure the poles to the blind using the tie at the roof peak.
Take down instructions for the Ameristep Doghouse Blind
Be sure to remove all native brush dirt and debris before beginning takedown. Remove the ground stakes/tie-downs.
Remove all ground stakes, tie downs, and fiber poles.
Lay the blind on its side.
Fold each side over.
Take hold of blind at 10 o’clock and 2: o’clock. Keep your knuckles up and your thumbs underneath.
Roll blind out away from your body; it will begin to create a U shape.
Once U-shape is formed, Remove one hand from the steel and rotate 180° (right hand counterclockwise or left hand clockwise). You can also rotate both hands.
Continue to roll top of blind over, while overlapping two steel bands closest to your body.
Tuck the top section under so it overlaps onto the bottom half of the blind.
You will feel less tension now. Simply drop the rings to the ground.
Place the blind in the carrying case. Pack ground stakes and high wind tie-downs in pouches.
Ameristep Doghouse Blind Care and Storage
You should store your blind in a cool dry place, free of native brush, dirt and any debris.
You should never store your blind when it is wet or damp.
Try not to leave your blind outdoors for an extended period of time because prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the fabric to fade.
To stop leaks use a Seam Sealer on all the seams and silicon spray on the seams and sidewalls.
When storing your TSC windows, or shoot through mesh Avoid wrinkles and creases that could significantly reduce visibility.
To make it easier to fold your blind, make sure the window curtain is all the way up and secured.
Ameristep Doghouse Blind Models
- Ameristep 814 Tangle Camo Doghouse Blind
- Ameristep Doghouse Blind with Carrying Case
- Ameristep Lee and Tiffany Lakosky’s Doghouse Hunting Blind Combo
- Ameristep Tangle 2.0 Camo
- Realtree APG HD Camo
- Realtree AP HD Camo
- Ameristep Doghouse Blind with High-Back Stool
Check out the Ameristep Doghouse Hunting Blind Combo if you want a good deal on the Doghouse blind and the following accessories: folding chair, saw, and bow holder.
The Ameristep Outhouse blind is a lightweight, fully-enclosed ground blind meant for easy transport and plenty of concealment. This deer hunting blind uses Ameristep’s Tangle 2.0 camo pattern or the Realtree AP HD camo pattern and is 68 inches square by 78 inches tall.
At last check, Amazon had the lowest price for the Outhouse blind. Click the links to check the current prices.
This deer hunting blind is a quick-set spring steel blind that sets up in just one simple step and collapses just as easily. The Ameristep Outhouse is perfect for both firearm and crossbow hunting. This blind includes window tie-downs to stop wind flap. Right now, the Ameristep Outhouse’s best price is at Amazon, but Gander Mountain also sells this useful ground blind.
The portable nature of this hunting blind allows it to be relocated easily and quickly, so you’ll want to buy the Outhouse Blind if you need something to set up each time you go hunting.
The Ameristep Outhouse blind features Edge ReLeaf and Durashell Plus Fabric. Edge ReLeaf cover provides 3-D concealment for spring steel and hub style ground blinds. Durashell Plus Fabric is a high quality, quiet, weatherproof fabric. The Ameristep Outhouse blind comes in the Ameristep Snow Tangle camo, Ameristep Tangle 2.0 camo, and Realtree AP HD camo.
Ameristep Outhouse Blind Specifications
- Models #804 come in Ameristep Tangle 2.0 or Snow Tangle camo fabric
- Model #10300 comes in Realtree AP HD camo fabric
- Stakes and high wind tie downs
- Backpack is 27 inches diameter by 2 inches thick
- Weighs about 9 pounds
- Edge ReLeaf
- Durashell Plus Fabric
Ameristep Outhouse Blind Models
- Model #804 with Ameristep Tangle 2.0 camo
- Model #804 with Snow Tangle camo
- Model #10300 with Realtree AP HD camo
The Dark Horse is the newest generation of Double Bull hunting blinds and replaces the Matrix 360°.
Nice features of the Dark Horse blind is the Ground Swat camo pattern and the Silent Slide window system. The back half of the Dark Horse has a black interior to eliminate profiling and shadowing and maximize concealment.
Four shooting ports and two viewing ports provide shooting and viewing to the rear. The Dark Horse weighs less than 20 pounds so it is easy to move to and from the field but still has plenty of room for multiple people to sit comfortably. The window openings span a full 180° across the front of the blind and adjusts from 1 inch to 20 inches vertically. You can open the window or cover it with the shoot-through netting.
Buy the Double Bull Dark Horse Blind
This particular deer hunting blind sells at Gander Mountain also, but the price is lower at Amazon at this time. If you’re going to buy this blind, you can check out Gander Mountain’s price (click here) to see if they’re having a sale on the Dark Horse, but for the moment the best price for this Double Bull Blind is definitely Amazon.
Adjust the Dark Horse framework if the fabric seems loose by rotating the rotating/locking hub that’s incorporated into the frame, and it lengthens the strut and tightens the fabric to get rid of any wind flap you might be experiencing.
Dark Horse Specifications
- Center height of the Double Bull Dark Horse Blind is approximately 67 inches
- Shooting diameter is 78 inches
- Floor space is 5 foot by 5 foot square or 25 square feet
- Weight is about 20 pounds
- Viewing and shoot-through range is 180 degrees and is adjustable
- Has 4 Prostaff shooting ports that are 8 inches wide by 17 inches high
- Has 2 Prostaff viewing ports that are 24 inches wide by 7 inches high
- Comes with 4 wall tie downs and 4 corner stake rings
- The fabric is the Ground Swat camouflage pattern