Let’s start with a platform. It doesn’t matter if you are choosing to have your blind up off the ground a bit or directly on it, you need to think about the ease of moving your chair around and how much noise this may make. For the sake of the article, I am going to use the example of sitting at ground level.
A simple solution that is prefabbed, strong, and durable is pallets. These amazing structures are used by all kinds of companies in receiving products and can hold amazing amounts of weight. They are also FREE! That’s what I’m talking about right? We found a fresh looking pallet that measured 4ft X 6ft as the base for the shooting platform.
Adjustments and deer do not exactly mix. Deer have almost super-hero hearing and are rather skittish if they hear metal on metal. That isn’t exactly a natural sound you know? Solution, a friend had some old carpet from when his house was built. We placed it on top of the plywood pieces to add a layer of quiet between my chair and the platform. This also helps with any small gaps that irregular shaped plywood pieces may create and allows the wheelchair to roll smoothly without dipping into a gap. Go to a local warehouse that sells carpet and ask for remnants that have been cut. Many times they will give this stuff away and I love me some free!
Have you ever noticed tennis balls on grandma’s walker? They do this so that the walker is easier to move around. I added them for a two-fold reason. True, it does make the tripod easier to slide inside the blind. But, even more important is it gives your tripod some stealth because you can move it with almost zero noise. I asked the tennis coach at the High School where I teach if he had any old tennis balls. He gave me a whole bag...for free. Are you picking up on the theme yet?
- Scott Andersonhandicappedoutdoors@gmail.com