I have this old four man dome tent that I was going to throw out. I am going to try and convert it into a ground blind instead. I was thinking of just cutting slotted windows into it, then cammo it some way.
I suppose it could work, depending on how big it is. You do not want it too bulky. A Double Bull blind (as a size comparison) will hold two adult hunters with no problem. The color of the blind could also be a problem if it is too light. For camo, I would look at covering it in the manner of a gillie suit. Burlap is relativly cheap and comes in camo as well as plain colors. You really need to break up the outline of the blind.
My last bear was taken from the ground. This was a last minute hunt. There was a good size Ash tree about 10 yards from the bait. I sat with my back against the tree. It was wide open between me and the bait. There had only been one bear hitting this bait. This would not be a good setup for an active bait. I shot the bear quartering toward me, between the brisket and the right shoulder. Field dressed it tipped the scale at 280 pounds.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...