After my first time hunting mallards from an A-frame blind, I knew I wanted one. It was easy to shoot from, there was space for storage, and it was just damn comfortable. And the most important part: The ducks had no idea we were there.
A-frames are the choice for duck hunting parties that don’t want to be cramped in layout blinds. These vertical blinds allow you to take seated or standing shots, better watch for incoming birds, and make better calls from a more natural position. They’re perfect in private land situations where you need to blend in with a fence line, marsh, waterway, or grain field.
This summer, my want turned into more of a need. My 9-year-old wants to kill his first duck in a few months, and I feel the need to monitor him a bit closer than would be possible if we were using layout blinds. Plus, the spacious concealment will allow him to move around, eat snacks, and chat with his dad—and the ducks will be none the wiser.
Most A-frames are custom-built units with a price tag to match. Based on my needs and budget, I decided to build my own. What follows are instructions on how to build a simple A-frame blind for about the cost of a dozen decoys.
One 50-inch x 16-foot heavy-gauge wire grid cattle panel – $20
Eight Avery RealGrass Mats (or similar blind material) – $50/pack
Four 5-foot steel T-posts – $3/each
All in all, this was a simple project that cost me just over $200. It was a fun way to spend a summer afternoon, but I suspect that we’ll have more fun out of it this fall.