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hi my name is alex and i hunt in michigan and in the spring i am planning on building a small tower blind and i was planning on puting in a small wood stove for warmth and i was wondering would this effect my hunt beacuse of the scent and the smoke
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Hon, wouldn't that be kind of dangerous? Plus you'd have cool down time on the stove till you could leave your blind knowing it wouldn't "burn down", catch the woods on fire, etc. I'd think the burning wood would also scent the area. But if you are in a fairly residential area where lots of people burn fireplaces......

We got a little heater for if we need in our stand. It takes a small propane bottle (like a coleman stove takes....the little camping type). And you can cut a hole in the roof of your blind if need be, put in a piece of flex hose (like the kind you attach to gutter downspouts to drain--plastic) and have it tied up in a tree elevated to keep scent down somewhat if it's a problem. Kind of directs it up and out. If you watch any of the hunting channels, they show a pre-fab blind that uses that type of 'technology'.

Good luck and Happy Hunting!

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Location: Ohio
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I would opt for wearing more clothes and using heat patches before I would lug a stove up into a shooting box. Too much risk of burning down your woods, or, at the very least, spooking your deer. Shame on You!

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Location: Dayton, OH
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Where in MI are you hunting? My main hunting area is near Farwell; and everyone uses either wood or propane stoves in their blinds. Lots of deer every year; but the wind plays a big factor. Too windy, and the deer stay away from your downwind side.

I would go with propane instead of wood for heat, and the height of your blind should help with the dissipation of smell.

Good luck.

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Location: St. Louis County
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cqb1 wrote:
Where in MI are you hunting? My main hunting area is near Farwell; and everyone uses either wood or propane stoves in their blinds. Lots of deer every year; but the wind plays a big factor. Too windy, and the deer stay away from your downwind side.

I would go with propane instead of wood for heat, and the height of your blind should help with the dissipation of smell.

Good luck.

I've never hunted deer from a heated box, but seems to me the deer would beging to associate the smell of burning wood/propane with danger after awhile. IMO, that sort of hunting is best suited for waterfowl.

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That's what I used to think. But the deer are pretty used to humans on the farm, and the smell of wood and propane doesn't affect them too much. I've gotten 3 deer over the last 4 years of hunting, shot at about 50 yards each.

I'm sure there are even bigger deer that we are not seeing, due to the smells, but we have pretty good success.

Here in Ohio when I brave the woods for deer hunting, it's wrap up tight and freeze like most of my brethren. (Well, not actually freeze as our weather has sucked lately. Had to wear my duck hunting waterproof camo for opening day!)

I take advantage of the warm, dry hunt when it is offered Yes

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