This week’s Challenge of the Hunt video blog series comes from Intrepid Outdoors Lead Video Editor Wade McMillin. Wade takes a close look at the Blind Turtle Hardshell Hunting Blind and the nice eight-point buck owner Ed Fell harvested out of it in 2012.
All hunters know that stealthy cover is essential when entering the whitetail woods. Some outdoorsmen will choose trusty tree stands, the easiness of a popup ground blind or the covert of their own camouflage on spot-and-stalk hunts. No matter the method, there’s no question it takes a convincing concealment to fool the eyes and nose of the whitetail deer.
In the hunting industry, there’s a secret form of cover that a lot of woodsmen may not know about: the Blind Turtle Hardshell Hunting Blind. The built-to-last Blind Turtle is the ticket when it comes to comfort and concealment. If you haven’t seen the Blind Turtle, it’s a one-piece molded dome that is extremely durable and weather resistant to any element.
For the actual hunt, the Blind Turtle, which comes in green and tan, carries five and 10 window models and helps cover scent just as good as any other blind on the market. It’s also extremely mobile as it can fit in the back of most trucks. No one knows the ins and outs of the Blind Turtle better than owner Ed Fell, who visited the Solitude Ranch near Devils Tower, Wyoming for a fall Whitetail Deer hunt in 2012. Fell made the trip from Ohio with his son Kurt Fell and both hunters were eminent to hunt the grounds out of their prized invention. The Solitude is no stranger to the Blind Turtle. The 8,500-acre ranch in Northeast Wyoming has at least 10 of these hard-shell blinds and hunters inside the walls of the Solitude’s Blind Turtles have harvested many deer.
That was Fell’s goal as he began his hunt on a set called the “Horseshoe.” He passed up some desirable deer on day one of his hunt, but got a good feel for the area, seeing 100s of deer and scuds of Merriams Turkey. On day two, Fell set up in a Blind Turtle on the fringe of a waterhole known as “Lott Pond.” Fell passed on a nice eight-point Whitetail because he didn’t feel comfortable with even his best chance at the deer. Day three was a return to Fell’s original spot at the “Horseshoe.” It seemed like an easy choice for the seasoned hunter after the amount of deer he saw on day one. In fact, Fell reported that he saw at least 65 to 100 deer in the bountiful set, which also had a handful of “nice eights.” “Looks like we got a great set up,” Fell said that afternoon. “I just can’t wait.”
Fell’s eagerness soon paid off after a short wait in his tan Blind Turtle. With his son behind the camera, a mature eight-pointer walked within at least 25 yards of the blind. Ed kept his cool and placed a lethal shot on the animal with his trustworthy crossbow. Once Fell reached his fallen trophy, he reminisced about how special it was to hunt the Solitude with his son. “It’s been a great hunt,” he said. “This is a really good part of it: the friendship and the camaraderie has been the best part of the hunt so far. It sure is nice to put this on the wall, hunting here on the Solitude out of the Blind Turtle.”
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