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Location: Newport Maine
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My shooting shacks are nearly complete. Sub zero weather continues with no end in sight.This is one of the coldest winters in recent years so it was time to build a heatable blind. :-*

Has anyone else built shooting shacks? These are my first, does anyone have any suggestions or pictures of their own?

I still have shooting and entrance doors to build but I am waiting for a heat wave of 20 degrees to finish. It is 21 below zero this morning without the wind chill!

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My uncle in Mich had a shooting shack similar to those. Him and my dad would sit in it and play checker's until a deer came along. I assume you'll put in window's? What are you going to heat it with? Don't remember what Uncle Dick used.

That looks like something I'd do, overbuild. When I built my chicken house, a couple local ranchers thought I was going to move into it!

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Well I over built mine as well, but am glad I did. There is a lot of stress on them when you load them in trailers and move them around every year. If they are stationary and never move, no big deal, but if you are shifting them to new locations based on scouting, then it is nice to have them overbuilt so they don't fall apart after a few years.

I use both propane and kerosene heaters. When it gets to be -30 or so the kerosene heaters definitely work better. They ahve gone out of style as space heaters and I have been picking up near new ones at farm sales for $5 - $10.

My new elevated shooting boxes, which are permanent, are going to have insulated walls and floors. I also build a few shelves and carpet them, as well as the floor to reduce noise from the box when hunters are moving around.

It is a good idea to stain the inside dark as well as it cuts down on the visibility of movement through the windows.

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Burrman , What is the height of those shacks ? I was wondering if they were high enough to shoot the bow .They look like they would be . Or are the designed for both bow and rifle

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They look pretty good Burrman, I seen so called camps that weren't near as nice, here's one about fifteen miles from home. Notice the matching roof pitch on both trailer and the "add-on". security is tight too, padlock on door and open hole for window. Gotta love it Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

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Will the heat and cold not play havoc with optics like fogging and such? Just kinda curious.

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it LOOKS cold there!

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The shack is 4'x8' and 6' 9" tall. The window openings are 44" on the bottom to 54". When sitting it is a perfect rest plus I have a telescoping swivel seat which will accomadate just about anyone.

I plan on insulating and the carpet sounds like a good idea. The door opening is 40"s wide and should allow for a wheelchair.

The door will also have a shooting window. It will be framed in 2'x2's. I will rip 2"x4"s to achieve the framing material.

Coffee Pot optional! Thumbs up

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burrman.......what kind of windows are you going to use? I have problems finding any commercial windows up here that will work for this application and usually end up building my own.

Sawbill I have never seen any problems with optics inside the boxes once you are in, have the heater going. When it is -25 and below you can get some frosting on the windows though and I found it best to have one window partially open.

My wife sat out this last fall in one for a couple evenings when it was -55 with the windchill and was nice and warm in the box.

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I am either going to use Lexan or a wood crib door. Lexan would allow me to keep more heat in while watching for game. Thumbs up

The wood will be cheaper and I could always retrofit to Lexan if I thought it would be better. Think

It will likely be wood. Think

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I currently build mine as sliders with plexi-glass so you can see out. I also use outside strorm shutters out of wood that are on hinges and fold down. If you get freezing and thawing or a freezing rain storm and don't have storm shutters your windows will be frozen shut and it is hard to get things sorted out quietly in the early morning hours when you deposit the hunter at the box. They also protect the windows (or at least make it more difficult for them) from bears, which have an annoying habit of pushing the windows out and tearing the door off (if they can get ahold of it) of shooting boxes during the off season.

I'd like to find a source for double pain windows that are on silent slider tracks that are made specifically for shooting boxes. I hear they are out there, but I have yet to find them.

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