The purpose of using a ground blind is to conceal yourself so that you blend in with the natural surroundings. Pretty basic stuff, really.

But there are steps you can take to ensure you're wearing the right gear to enhance your chances of hunting success. It is actually possible that what you wear can be a factor in remaining undetected.

There are best practices for hunting in a ground blind, and the clothes you wear can make a big difference between success and failure.

Here we have a few tips on what to wear in your ground blind so you can remain unseen and don't alert deer to your presence.

Above all, your clothes should keep you comfortable—and quiet!

Wear Dark Clothing

The first rule of thumb when it comes to what to wear in a ground blind? Dark clothing! Dark clothing will reduce the likelihood that a deer will spy movement.

If you can possibly match your clothing with the dark surface of the back wall of your blind there will be less chance of movement detection from the outside.

dark jacket for blind hunting

Kuiu Kutana Storm Shell Jacket in Gunmetal

You don’t necessarily need to dress entirely in black, drab or darker shaded clothing will do the trick.

To make your hunting blind even more effective, hang a camo cloth on the inner back wall—and choose clothing in a camo pattern to match. This will help you blend in further. Camo is also helpful if you leave the blind to stalk deer, as you will blend into the night or the dark forest.

Use Soft Natural Fabrics

Clothing for (ground) blinds should blend in easily without reflecting light. Steer clear of synthetic fabrics, as the tough synthetic fibers can reflect light flashes in the blue spectrum.

Deer can easily detect this. Instead, opt for soft, natural materials that will absorb light and keep you hidden from sight.

Any hunting clothing specialist is aware of this requirement and you can be confident that any item bought from companies such as Sitka, First Lite, Kuiu, Kryptek, Outdoor Research, Scentlok, King’s and others will provide you with suitable outer wear.

Comfortable Clothing Is Essential

When you're in a hunting blind, the point is to stay quiet and as motionless as possible. If you move, an animal may detect your presence.

Make sure your clothes are loose enough, without any zippers, buttons, or seams digging into you, and comfortable overall.

Comfortable clothing for sitting and waiting in blinds will help you avoid fidgeting.

Let me give you an example of clothing hunters recommend as being particularly appropriate for blind hunting.

The range of First Lite Merino wool clothing is high quality and consistently brings rave reviews from hunters. Features such as moisture wicking, breathability, barely detectable seams and odor control are all built into the range.

First Lite Merino Wool Wick Long Sleeve Crew Shirt

First Lite Merino Wool Wick Long Sleeve Crew Shirt

Check out the range of Merino wool hunting clothes at the First Lite site.

Stay Stealthy With Quiet Fabrics

Many animals have a superior sense of hearing and can pick up on a slight rustle of fabric.

Look for soft fabrics that don't scratch together to create unwanted noise.

Most companies produce a solid line of softshell hunting jackets that make no noise when you move. Not only that they provide a protective shell for moving through undergrowth.

Sitka Gear Early Season Whitetail Softshell Jacket

Soft, natural fabrics like Merino wool are a great pick or a pair of Berber fleece pants to provide comfortable movement without any noise.

For added warmth, look for an insulating but quiet fabric like Thinsulate.

Wear Warm Boots - Your Toes Will Thank You

You may spend many hours outside when hunting, so it's essential to keep your feet safe, warm, and dry to avoid discomfort and health issues.

Get sturdy hunting boots with heavy insulation. If you hunt in the morning when there's dew on the ground, opt for waterproof boots.

Comfort is also a critical factor when selecting boots. If you're going to be doing a lot of walking, you may be on your feet for long periods.

If you’re prone to foot problems and suffer corns, bunions, blisters and the like it would be wise to invest in suitable footwear with proper arch support.

An example of really good mid-season hunting boots that would be suited to trekking to your hunting ground and then sitting comfortably for long periods is below.

Danner Pronghorn boots – this is a hugely popular whitetail hunting boot that is suitable for both stalking and blind hunting. It has a Vibram midsole for comfort and support, a tough leather upper for protection through rugged undergrowth and PrimaLoft insulation to keep your feet warm when not moving about.

warm hunting boots for ground blinds

Check out the range at Danner Boots.

Cover Hands and Face

Hardy face paint

Hardy face paint

Your bare face and hands may stand out against the dark backdrop of your pop-up blind.

To avoid this, the most usual answer is to cover your face with dark, non-reflective paint (not a mask, which can impede vision).

Once your face is painted and you're in your blind you won't even know you've got it on and you'll be good to go all day.

There are many, many brands of non-reflective face paint available that can be easily applied to remove the possibility of light reflecting off your skin and giving your position away.

Naturally, gloves are a must in colder weather but you should also consider wearing them when it’s warm to avoid the light flash of skin when they move up towards the blind window.

You may prefer to wear just one glove to keep your trigger hand free.

Bottom Line

The key to success when using ground blinds for bow hunting and rifle shooting is limiting your movement. Fidgeting because you're uncomfortable will alert deer to your presence. 

When deciding what to wear in a ground blind, you should thus choose comfortable, quiet clothing that keeps you dry, warm, and cozy.

Finally, make sure your clothing is dark if you plan to leave the pop-up blind to stalk deer. This will help you blend into the night, further minimizing the risk that a deer will spot you.

Follow the tips above, and you should be ready to go.

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