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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:19 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a portable wildlife shooting hide. I have found suppliers for dome ones but was looking for one that was more square in shape.

What do people use and recommend?

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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:50 AM   #2
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Hi,

Have you tried Wildlife Watching Supplies - Wildlife photography, Nature photography, Photo blinds Although they only list dome hides I'm sure they are able to get the more square type ones

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Old February 27th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #3
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Get yourself a one person Camo Chair blind like this one at Cabela's.

I have one of these:Cabela's -- Ameristep Deluxe One-Man Chair Blind


Easy to carry
Weighs around ten pounds
Very Comfortable to sit in.
Excellent visiblity.
Protects you from the wind, and blocks your scent.
Helps keep the bugs out.
You can heat it with the smallest of heaters.
Plenty of room for yourself, a camera on a tripod, and extra gear like a thermos of coffee.

Best of all, you can shoot in a driving rain storm!

Best investment I have made yet.

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Sitka Alaska
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Old February 27th, 2009, 10:02 AM   #4
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I remember years ago that you could purchase square hides (the ones that you used to assemble the frame first then throw the drilled waterproof cotton over it then tie it all down) but not see one for sale in years!

Kevin at Wildlife Watching Supplies makes some good durable dome hides that have long stood the test of time! Quality product!
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Old February 27th, 2009, 12:59 PM   #5
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Wildlife Watching Supplies have the C29 square hide, there's a lot of choice about, popup hides square/dome hides. Consider what hide height would suit you best as you can in there all day, too cramped & you'll feel it at the end of the day. Also consider how much space you need inside the hide for any pan/follow shots.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 02:25 PM   #6
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I don't know what is available in your area of the world but archery hunting blinds tend to be square and very roomy. Many hunting blinds do not have enough space for the lens and shotgun mike to fit through the view port. The dome roof prevents rain or snow from accumulating. I have a Cabela's chair blind that I am itching to use during the spring migration.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 05:54 AM   #7
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Wildlife Watching Supplies have the C29 square hide.
Does Kevin actually make that hide or is it just a recovering service for those who have the poles?

I'd love one of those square hides if that was the case! So roomy!
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Old March 1st, 2009, 09:28 AM   #8
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Andy - do you have a specific reason for wanting a square hide rather than a dome one? I've used both, and found the dome ones are generally much better. However, if it is windy, I suppose the square ones are probably easier to erect.

The square ones were produced by Jamie Wood and sold as Fensman hides. They seem to have been pretty much superseded by the dome hides over the past few years. You might pick up something from ebay.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 09:30 AM   #9
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Get yourself a one person Camo Chair blind like this one at Cabela's.

I have one of these:Cabela's -- Ameristep Deluxe One-Man Chair Blind


Easy to carry
Weighs around ten pounds
Very Comfortable to sit in.
Excellent visiblity.
Protects you from the wind, and blocks your scent.
Helps keep the bugs out.
You can heat it with the smallest of heaters.
Plenty of room for yourself, a camera on a tripod, and extra gear like a thermos of coffee.

Best of all, you can shoot in a driving rain storm!

Best investment I have made yet.

David Rice
Sitka Alaska
I have one from Ultimate Nature Gear - it looks the same, but weighs nearer to twenty pounds. In bad weather, you need to have your back to the wind or you're liable to get blown over.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 04:09 PM   #10
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twenty pounds?

twenty pounds???

Mine only weighs around 10-12 pounds, and is very easy to carry. Lots of room for a big camera and big tripod. I have friends who are using them while attending and filming sports events like outdoor football. Can't go wrong with the Cabela Model.
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