We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More ›
Updated Jul 19, 2023 5:58 PM
It’s tough to beat a cool spring morning in the turkey blind with booming gobbles and the sound of heavy wings coming out of the trees. The sight of white, bronze, or cream-colored fans inching over a rise can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. And keeping your cool while a gobbler struts into range can be tough, especially if cover is sparse or you’re bowhunting. In these situations, ground blinds are a must. Throughout my years of turkey hunting, ground blinds have upped my ability to leave the woods with a fan over my shoulder and a grin on my face. I even prefer them when I’m shotgunning.
Turkey blinds come in all shapes and sizes, and like most products, there’s a crowded pack with winners and losers. If you’re new to the turkey blind game, it can be tough to know what differentiates one from another. Luckily, I consider myself an aficionado when it comes to the best turkey blinds, and to help you choose one that fits your hunting style, I tested a pile of them this spring.
Best Turkey Blinds: Reviews & Recommendations
- Dimensions: 70 inches x 70 inches hub-to-hub
- Weight: 26 pounds with tote bag
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Sun visor
- Zipperless double wide door
- 180-degree full front windows
- Silent window closure
- Four one-way see-through walls
I’ve been a Primos Double Bull fan for years, and the SurroundView Double Wide is loaded with purposeful features like the 300-degree one-way see-through mesh, which allows you to cover almost every angle. Whether you’re bowhunting alone or shotgunning with the kids, this roomy bulletproof blind is a great choice. The hub system makes it easy to set up and break down, and you’ll be blown away by how well the see-through fabric works. The first time a gobbler comes in on a string, you’ll duck and try to conceal yourself. Don’t worry. You can see them, but they can’t see you. The window system is silent, and I appreciate the built-in sun visor, which comes in handy during sunrise and sunset. Those premium features come with a premium price that might make you flinch, but if you want a blind that can weather the conditions and provide ample room, the SurroundView might justify the price for you.
Best for Private Fields: Redneck Outfitter HD Bale Blind
- Dimensions: 72″ Long x 72″ Deep x 72″ High
- Weight: 146 pounds
- Six windows
- Big and roomy
- Turkeys will get used to it
- Ideal for wide-open fields
- Great for taking kids hunting
Want to hide right out in the open, in the middle of a cut field? You need a bale blind, and the Redneck Outfitter HD is tough to beat. This blind looks just like a farmer’s hay bale. Simply set it up a few months before turkey season in that go-to spot and let the gobblers get used to it (they will).
The only downside of this blind is that it takes some work to construct and set. I set mine myself on a farm I lease, but it’s easier if you have a buddy with you. Because of its size and weight, this style of blind is best suited for private land hunting (you can’t exactly pack it into a public land spot).
But for private-land hunters who want a dual purpose blind for hunting deer and turkeys, this is an ideal option. I’ve had the blind sit out for a couple winters now and it’s held up nicely to the elements. It has six sliding windows that are quiet to open and close. It comes with a stout metal stake, but if you set it in open terrain, I’d recommend augmenting it with extra heavy-duty garden stakes. The powder-coated steel frame is sturdy and the pullover material helps quiet any noise you might make in the blind. Because it’s so roomy it’s a perfect blind for taking kids hunting or taking a buddy along with you to film (or shoot a second gobbler). –Alex Robinson
- 12 window openings
- Silent-slide window system
- Durashell Plus fabric
- Dimensions: 56 inches x 56 inches x 77 inches
- Full-size walk-through door
- Can fit three hunters plus gear
- Excellent one-way, see-through mesh
- Some hunters might prefer a taller ceiling
I have always felt ultra-concealed in Ameristep blinds, and I’ve whacked a lot of long birds out of them. Though it’s a five-sided hub-style build, this Ameristep blind has a shooting width of 77 inches. The Black ShadowGuard eliminates inside-the-blind shadows and silhouettes, and this is an excellent option for taking kids or a new bowhunter to the turkey woods.
This brilliant turkey blind should appeal to the stick-and-string crowd, and it’s worth the $300 price tag. This ground blind is super roomy, and additional depth in the rear makes hiding the blind in the brush and concealing it all the easier. A total of 12 windows provide bowhunters limitless shot options, and you can’t beat the one-way, see-through mesh. When it comes to durability, this blind is tough as nails.
- Dimensions: 58 inches x 56 inches x 57 inches
- Weight: 4.5 pounds
- Durashell Plus fabric
- Matte fabric finish
I’m not a fan of pop-up-style ground blinds, but Ameristep’s Gunner is an exception. This blind is roomy for one hunter, super durable, and a perfect when you don’t need the extra room of most blinds. Ameristep has been building quality hunting blinds for decades, and if anyone has perfected the pop-up, they have. This one-person ground blind is lightweight and roomy, and the design makes it super simple to blend into any environment. The outer shell is made of tough Durashell Plus fabric, and the matte finish reduces any glare. Its size makes it one of the best turkey blinds for solo hunts or if you’re hunting a distant spot with minimal cover.
- Dinmensions: 59 inches x 59 inches x 82 inches
- Weight: 23 pounds
- Silent-Trac window system
- QUICKCONNECT door system
- 180-degree window placement
- Strong, flexible poles
- Harder to blend to environment than competitors
For tall hunters, sitting in the ground blind all day with your knees touching your chin can be a drag. Many prefer to stand and shoot when it comes to archery, and it’s also nice to stand and stretch throughout the day. Thankfully, the Browning Envy provides plenty of room to do so.
The Durable and rugged 600D polyester fabric should endure several seasons, and the shoot-through mesh lines the 180-degree window openings. I also applaud the pair of camera ports, which simplify still photography and video. The Silent-Trac window system is quiet, and the window curtain and construction provide plenty of concealment. However, the extended height and durability come with weight, so you might end up carrying a load, especially if you’re hunting over the best turkey decoys. But if a taller ceiling height keeps you in the blind longer, the Envy is a great option.
Best for Run-and-Gun: Primos Double Bull SurroundView Stakeout
- Dimensions: 59 inches corner to corner
- Weight: 4.5 pounds
- Three shooting windows
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Two rugged hubs
- Maximum concealment
- Not the best for especially windy conditions
This quick-deploy two-hub open-style blind with a trio of shoot-through windows is great when you need to pull up and make an adjustment on the fly. I’ve used the SurroundView Stakeout Hunting Blind for shotgun and bowhunting wild turkeys, and it’s phenomenal. Toss it in a backpack or carry it in your offhand and roam the woods in search of that old boss gobbler while you’re running a turkey mouth call. The two-hub system is a durable, quiet, and fool-proof design. The windows are sized just right for shooting without giving you away. Plus, you can back this almost 60-inch blind against any cover. When you consider the versatility and price of this blind, it’s almost worth buying as a just-in-case option.
- Dimensions: 75 inches x 75 inches hub-to-hub
- Weight: 16 pounds
- Reinforced stress points
- Shoot-through mesh
- Plenty of adjustable window openings
- Silent-Slide window technology
- Brush-in straps included
- Fabric feels thin, like it won’t hold up over time
- Door closure system is cumbersome
Though there are cheaper options, you won’t find a roomier blind with as many purposeful features for the money as this one. The 180-degree see-through system on this Rhino Blind gives excellent visibility, and the large door provides quiet entry and exit via hook and loop tabs. This blind will hold two adult hunters comfortably—three is a crowd—but an adult hunter and two youth hunters can fit well.
I applaud the roominess and the brush-in straps around the blind’s top and bottom. Window openings are plentiful, and turkey hunters can hunt from this blind with any weapon. Silent-Slide keeps the windows church-mouse quiet, and the 180-degree shoot-through fabric sports reinforced stress points with triple stitched corners for multiple season durability. The hook-and-latch door is wide, and while I’m not a fan of this system, it is quiet.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Turkey Blind
Depending on your hunting approach, some turkey blinds are better suited than others. Make sure to get one that best accommodates your style. You don’t want to wait until you’re in the field to find out that your hunting blind is too heavy or too small for your preferences.
Are you a run-and-gun shotgun hunter looking for an airy build you can deploy in seconds? If so, look for small, one person blinds that require minimal setup time. There are also ground stake options that have a small footprint and could easily fit into some of the best turkey vests. On the other hand, if you bowhunt and plan for all-day sit-and-wait sessions to stake out a tom, you’ll want a roomy blind that offers multiple windows, has excellent visibility, and ensures maximum blind concealment. The same applies if you’re trying to film your hunts or introduce young or new hunters to turkey hunting.
Q: Do ground blinds scare turkeys?
While there might be case by case exceptions, ground blinds don’t usually scare turkeys. I have killed Rio and Merriams in open pastures and wheat fields from hub-style blinds on public and private dirt. I sat the blinds in the wide open, and the birds paid them no mind. You can always brush in the blind for extra concealment.
Q: Where should I set up a turkey blind?
While the set up for your turkey blind varies by the region you’re hunting, it’s always a good idea to focus on food sources, strut zones, semi-open ridges, meadows, and open areas along waterways where turkeys frequent. It also helps to use natural cover to brush in your blind. However, I’ve also killed turkeys out of blinds that I set up in the middle of a pasture as well.
Q: How early should I get to my turkey blind?
If you’re hunting near a known roost, you should be in your blind and set before first light. Turkeys have remarkable eyesight and instantly pick you off from an elevated position, so you’ll want to slip in well before shooting light.
Q: Will turkeys come back after being spooked?
Yes, turkeys can come back after being spooked. I’ve killed turkeys with shotguns and archery equipment in the same areas on the same day. You may have to change your approach—decoy setup, calling, etc.—but if you bust birds or miss, they probably haven’t gone too far.
I’ve been hunting gobblers in turkey blinds for years, including the models in this article. For this review, I evaluated each on their durability, ease of set up, shooting room, and concealment. I also considered the features each one includes at their respective price points.
Why Trust Outdoor Life?
Since 1898, OL has been a leading authority in testing and reviewing hunting gear, fishing tackle, guns and shooting equipment, and much more. We have more than a century-long history of evaluating products, and we’re now bringing that expertise to online reviews. Our editors are experienced outdoorsmen and women, and most importantly, we’re trained journalists. We prioritize field testing and objective data when reviewing products. We conduct interviews with gear manufacturers and engineers as well as outdoor experts so that our readers have an understanding of how and why a product works—or doesn’t.
Advertising does not influence our gear reviews and it never will. While we always focus our coverage on standout products—because we want our readers to be aware of the latest and greatest gear—we also cover the flaws and quirks of any given product.
No matter what part of the country you hunt, the best turkey blinds can help keep you concealed while a gobbler struts into range. Whether you’re bowhunting on all-day sits or looking for a quick-deploy ground stake, find a blind that best fits your needs and helps you notch more tags.