Many of our customers ask us for advice on how to camouflage blinds in specific situations. Because our blinds are used in such a wide variety of settings we can answer generally. The objective is to create a setting that looks natural in the immediate environment and covers the inhabitants until they rise to shoot. In the case of a rice field, many use cane stalks as they dry to the same color as the rice stubs. In greener fields, we've used oleander brush because it is dark and dense. Wherever possible, use natural cover from the immediate area as it is less obvious and less inclined to appear out of place. For open or hard to conceal places, we recommend Fast Grass in a color that matches your setting. It should be attached around the blind and toward the center leaving ample room for hunters to see through it and to enter and exit the blind safely. The pictures on our website are actual TradeWinds Blinds™ that have been set properly.
We do not recommend sinking a blind in a wet setting. The blind should be set before the field becomes wet or is flooded. An in-ground blind can exert tremendous force from the water beneath, much like a boat floats, and can be very difficult to sink in water. We provided suggestions for anchoring your blind in different situations with your blind when it was shipped. If your blind becomes dislodged from its water setting, we recommend removing all items from it and filling it with water to get it situated back in place. Once it has been re-anchored, the water should be completed removed before it is reoccupied. We sell a hand pump for emptying rainwater from blinds that can also be used to empty one.
We warrant the bottoms against leaks and cracks in normal use (no shotgun holes for example) for three years. We've never gotten one back (well almost…. we did have a carrier stick a fork lift through a few once) and some are 26 years old.
Proper installation is critical to having a safe and successful hunting experience. It starts with making sure the two lower, horizontal surfaces of the blind - the seat and floor - are resting on solid ground. Then, once a 2x4 has been bolted to seatback, just under the outer flange, augers can be sunk to an appropriate depth for the conditions and attached through turnbuckles.