Ghost Blind: it works

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 7,347 Senior Member

For those that have never seen one, a Ghost Blind is a lightweight, plastic blind that is camo on the backside and Mylar/mirrored on the side facing the animal. It's adapts to any location because it reflects the surrounding vegetation from the ground outward toward the animal.

I was out scouting a place I have permission on a couple of times after work, once last week and then tonight. There are plenty of deer here and I actually got stuck 1 hour past legal when the deer came into my tree very late last time. Because the trees around the area where the deer enter the field suck (or are at least too brushed in at the base to use a climber), I decided to use a Ghost Blind to get within 30 yards of that spot since the wind was favorable. This little 8-point came in and had no idea I was there. He was still pretty spindly, so I gave him a pass. He walked right by me at 20 yards and proceeded to eat.

Later, a raccoon got within *6 feet* of the thing with no clue I was there! Very impressive. A doe finally came in at last light, but the wind had finally shifted and she winded me before ever committing to the field. Sucks, but it's still great to see that under the right conditions, this thing can really be a force multiplier.
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Or is that camo on your side and mirrored on the other?
    It's the camo on the back side. The front of it is mirrored and it is stunning to see in action. The pics on the internet are absolutely true. Every time I set this thing up and stand in front of it, I think to myself, "there's no way in hell these animals have a clue you're there." The really smart part of the design was making it so that the thing is canted slightly forward/downward so that 1) the sun won't glare off of it and 2) the deer can't see themselves in it, rather a reflection of the ground in front of you. You literally become part of the landscape. A friend of mine talked me into getting one after he and his brother-in-law stalked within 30 yards of a flock of hen turkeys when testing his.

    I'm using the Predator version. The place I ordered from included a set of free height extensions, though it was not necessary to use them in this field.

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    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    After seeing the effectiveness first-hand last night, I am totally sold. It is a great fix for when you need to improvise a spot, but the trees in the area aren't cut out for a climber (exactly the scenario yesterday).

    However, I'll warn you now: they ain't cheap and a buddy of mine already went down the road of pricing parts, etc. He was hell-bent on making one for cheaper, but said that the corrugated plastic you need to make it light enough for field carry is shockingly expensive on the outside and that trying to make the proper cuts so the thing sits properly/doesn't double as a signal mirror were more trouble than its worth. You might save 15 bucks after an inordinate amount of asspain and end up with a less effective rendition.

    Ultimately, he just broke down and paid the $200 for it...I followed suit.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Huh? You think I was googling Mylar reflective film or something? Really? Me?


    :tooth:

    You?? Naw, never! :jester:

    That's the issue: while the 8' foot width on the corrugated plastic sheets would be plenty, the 4' height isn't enough. I thought he said that once you go bigger than that, the price jumped up a lot. Then there's Mylar sheeting and trying to get it to lay completely bubble-free and perfect. One screw up after you add the adhesive and you're out a lot of dough.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,729 Senior Member
    https://youtu.be/sjUJyXE3jhY

    Saw this void of how to mak3 one a home a while ago
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  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,231 Senior Member
    Damn, this place enables way to much.....going to have to get one of those. Funny thing, I was just telling my wife when she was re-doing the bathroom last week and took down a huge mirror, that I thought it would make the perfect blind. I thought I had come up with a great idea, not so much I guess. Always a day late and a few dollars short. :tooth:
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    https://youtu.be/sjUJyXE3jhY

    Saw this void of how to mak3 one a home a while ago

    It seems doable, but awfully time consuming, to make you own. That, and the Plexiglas version seems way heavy. If you can score the corrugated plastic for cheap and have the patience to really get the Mylar application right, it seems reasonably worth making on your own. In my case, I'll gladly cough up the dough to simply have a working version ready to go without putting in that many hours to make it happen.
    twa wrote: »
    Damn, this place enables way to much.....going to have to get one of those. Funny thing, I was just telling my wife when she was re-doing the bathroom last week and took down a huge mirror, that I thought it would make the perfect blind. I thought I had come up with a great idea, not so much I guess. Always a day late and a few dollars short. :tooth:

    The thing is downright impressive. I'm uploading a video right now from my ReplayXP eyebrow cmera that actually show most of the buck's appearance, including me making the cellphone video above and a FaceTime call to a buddy until the buck finally hears him talk a bit too much (my buddy had no clue I was calling him with a deer in front of me) and takes off. Wait until you see how much movement I was getting away with behind that thing. Definitely worth the price of admission.

    It will be a bit before the upload completes, but I'll get it up ASAP. It really shows you how well this kind of blind works.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,967 Senior Member
    One of our sons got an invite to hunt Oryx with the Game Manager at Ft. Bliss.

    The Doc had one of those things and was convinced you could hide behind it and stalk the Oryx.
    It did not work while moving and they got busted every time.

    It definitely is a stationary blind, probably reflects something wrong when moving.
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    Here's the second video shot from the ReplayXD:

    I cut out a lot because the entire encounter ran about 6 mins, but you get the idea. You can get away with murder using this thing. The big catch is that you HAVE to know where the deer are entering the field if you want to sit out in the wide open like I did. If there is even a chance they will come in behind you, you'd better press up against or even slightly into a brush backing.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • WheresMyGunWheresMyGun Member Posts: 139 Member
    For $200 ... Id expect a roof . to help keep he rain off
    ..... but I adore my comfort much more than previously
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    One of our sons got an invite to hunt Oryx with the Game Manager at Ft. Bliss.

    The Doc had one of those things and was convinced you could hide behind it and stalk the Oryx.
    It did not work while moving and they got busted every time.

    It definitely is a stationary blind, probably reflects something wrong when moving.

    You have to keep it canted toward the ground or you're out of luck. One false reflection of the sun or the animal back at itself and it's over. That, and you still need to be mindful of your sound when walking.
    For $200 ... Id expect a roof . to help keep he rain off
    ..... but I adore my comfort much more than previously

    Good to see ya back! A roof might be comfortable in the rain, but it would kill any hope of keeping this thing field portable. It's just light enough as it is to be worth carrying in and they do not recommend leaving it outside. The only functional Achillies Heel that I found with it is fogging: much like a scope, if you keep it indoors and then bring it out in the cold, you can generate some pretty severe fogging. That actually happened the first time that I used it.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    FYI - this video shows the reason why I've been using that Ghost Blind. Though they entered from a different point, the does in this video fed in the same spot as that buck in the prior videos: the far left far left corner of the field. The video starts about 10 minutes after they were done feeding up there since they would be too far away to see. In total, it's a time lapse of about 35 minutes of waiting.

    Until I get time to do some serious brush clearing at the base of those far trees, there's no way to set a stand up over there on any of the remotely straight trees, let alone use a climber.

    Last night, I took a chance and put my climber on the other end of the field on one of the few straight, exposed trees and got lucky that they came out early enough to work all the way across an offer a fringe distance shot before it was too dark. Unfortunately, the deer began moving back out of the field as I prepared to shoot, about 10 yards further than I was aiming, resulting in a low miss.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    I am SO glad it works for you. But........ain't NO way in Hell I'm paying that for a 1 wall blind.

    I'm much more creative than that limiting factor. I got mad skilz.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I am SO glad it works for you. But........ain't NO way in Hell I'm paying that for a 1 wall blind.

    I'm much more creative than that limiting factor. I got mad skilz.

    I know, I know...I've tried hunting in the nude before, too, but after December 1, it starts to suck.

    Seriously though, the big advantage of it is the ability to make a hasty set up in a place that won't allow for any other cover. The honeysuckle on this field edge is so heavy in most places that even a couple of feet of it is completely impenetrable without cutting equipment (something I've arranged to do, but need to be able to get out midday to make happen without spooking everything nearby). No place to get into it, let alone draw a bow. As for getting elevated, the tree that I'm in is THE exposed trunk. Other than that, good luck getting concealment.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,231 Senior Member
    Nice hunting videos, You have to try some of those "nock out" lighted nocks, well worth the money.....
    That blind is sweet, I am going to keep my eye out for one on sale.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,599 Senior Member
    I'm no hunter, but that thing looks pretty darn effective to my untrained eyes! I think it would trick quite a few humans too - like me! Best of all, it can double as a studio mirror for practicing your dance moves. :tooth:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    I'm no hunter, but that thing looks pretty darn effective to my untrained eyes! I think it would trick quite a few humans too - like me! Best of all, it can double as a studio mirror for practicing your dance moves. :tooth:

    Zorba -

    The buddy who first told me about it said that he first broke it out amongst his work buddies at the concrete business he works for, all of whom were laughing at the concept...until he set it up in a field. They couldn't believe that he disappeared in plain sight and started asking about where he got it.

    I was still skeptical, and wanted to hear how it worked in an actual field setting. That's when he took it out on the turkey scouting trip and got within shooting distance of some hens on the first try.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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