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Old 10-26-2016, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hey guys and gals! Just build a a better blind for my 20 Jon boat high low style just wonder what people use for shooting lids. Right now they style we have push Down towards the birds.. but birds flare really badly when the lids get open.. any idea? Would it be better for me to just get rid of them and have a 30" wide hole down the boat?
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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the more you cover up, the better JMHO. if you do away with the push lids, id suggest figuring something else out. You wont ever regret being covered up

I have 2 sections of alum conduit that we bent @ 90deg on each end, put hinges on the ends attached to the blind, and its grassed to cover up as a flipper bar. If i stood them up verticle, they might measure 1.5' tall. With my lids, i remove a lid for each shooter and leave one between each shooter. for the Flipper bar, I have a shorter section in the front that covers my hole and one lid (2 lids in length), and one longer one for the remaining 5 lids/holes. We Did 2 sections so i can leave mine down if needed to better watch the birds, call and call the shot while the rest are covered up. These bars flip up and overlap my lids and open holes by 2/3 between the high and low side of the blind, for each hunter. When we flip that, its go time! you could say that the birds do "flare" when we push the bar forward also, but no more than they do by calling the shot or standing up to shoot. When we are unable to at least get the back bar up when a flock catches us off guard, the birds dont work in near as well, as often as when the flipper is up and the holes are covered up. Often times its a difference of the birds finishing in the hole, or 10 yds farther.
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Old 10-26-2016, 04:19 PM   #3
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if you want to keep it simple, I would just do this


Actually, since your blind is already a high-low, you could just zip tie raffia to the high side and drape it over the top and over the low side. (Just like the video, except you wouldn't have a back panel to flip up....just stand up through the raffia. You wouldn't need much...just enough to break the outline of the black hole.

I have also hunted out of boats using this:http://www.cabelas.com/product/Dura-...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds



Worked pretty slick...stiffer bristles that you can just stand up...nothing to flip up.

If you really want to get fancy, instead of flip top lids (which you already have discovered, flare birds) Use lids that turn...really, really works. Fairly simple to make. PM me if you want instructions.
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Here is an illustration of what I am talking about...good luck figuring it out!!! lol
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Old 10-31-2016, 10:52 AM   #5
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I use a 2"wide metal strap, with hinges welded to it, cut to the length of Dura covers and bolted it to the top of my blind. when getting in or out flip the dura covers back over the high side, when hunting flip them down and the conceal the opening. very rugged product.
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I would avoid any type of lids at all costs that require you to flip them to shoot
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I use something similar to Mallard. I used 1x4 boards with 12" tall 1"square fencing added to it and then saw grass tied to it. the panels are in "shooter" sections and hinged to the bottom side of the hi/lo blind. when working birds and they are overhead the panels are closed. if the birds are working in low, out front. geese do that a lot. you can hold the panel upright and be half stood up if you want to watch/see through the grass. I have not noticed the birds flaring anymore than normal when you stand up to shoot. Imho, we finish the birds a lot closer with the "dark holes" being gone. and it depends on the background and shadows. if you are hunting the river and have the boat up against a high bank and you are in the shadows; then closing up the dark holes is not an issue but we typically are hunting a marsh with cattail background.
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