To conceal themselves during hunting season, hunters primarily use deer blinds. Most of these devices are fitted with windows to allow hunters to see outside the blind without revealing their location. There are different kinds of windows used for deer blinds.
Types of Windows
1. Side sliding window
One advantage of sliding deer blind windows is that they can be kept closed, especially during rainy and cold seasons, until you are ready to take your shot. It can also be tinted or blackened. However, it creates a slight noise when opening the window and it does not allow a 360-degree view.
2. Manufactured aluminum windows
These windows work the same way as windows work in houses.They also hve a reliable insect-proof system as these windows come standard with screens.
3. Slide-up windows
These windows may have full or narrow openings. They may also be cut down in width, depending on one’s preference.
4. Glass windows
These types of windows provide reliable protection from the elements, but they provide poor ventilation. They might also give away a hunter’s position easily as glass reflects sunlight and glare.
Any of these windows can be fitted in a deer blind when bought from a manufacturer. However, deer blind windows can be built alone with proper plans and equipment. Below is a list of materials and procedures in making a sliding deer blind window.
Constructing a Sliding Deer Blind Window
- sliding window installation kit
- spray paints for camouflage (brown, green, black, yellow ochre)
- water-proofing sealant (optional)
- pencils or markers
- masking tape
- measuring tape
- working gloves
- cordless drill
- Put up the deer blind and take measurements of the deer blind window. Avail of the services of a local home improvement store specializing in windows to assemble a window that matches these measurements.
- Choose the frame and the type of sliding window to be installed. Frames may be made out of aluminum or wood, while windows may have a screen slide or a glass slide.
- Spray paint the frames of the sliding windows with the same camouflage color as the deer blind.
- Inside the deer blind, securely align the frame of the sliding window with a masking tape.
- Use a marker or pencil to mark the areas where the screws will be placed. Drill holes on these marked areas.
- Install the sliding window by following the instructions in the kit provided by the manufacturer. Do not assemble the window before the installation as it is important to align the frame holes to that of the holes made on the deer blind. Affix the frame with the screws that came with the kit.
- When waterproofing a glass-sliding window, the surface area of the frame and the sliding window should be cleaned with damp rags. Apply waterproofing sealant when it has dried.
- Install the screen or glass-sliding windows.