Propane heater in deer blind

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Propane heater in deer blind

Has anyone tried to use a propane heater inside a ground blind? Do the deer care about the constant noise/smell?

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My brother uses one in Wisconsin and claims it's not a problem. Might be because of higher concentration of deer in the area that he hunts in versus what I'd see in ND.

I have been in a permanent elevated blind in MN and haven't had it affect anything regarding the number of deer that come by.

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Worked great the deer have never cared for the deerstand I have sat in but it was an elevated one

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This blind is going to be on the ground, I don't think they will care if it is a constant noise. Should I use a 1lb propane bottle and a Mr Heater?

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Id take an old comforter along and bundle up and do without the heater, the wind isnt really an issue inside a blind so you basically have to deal with the cold, which isnt so bad. I shot a doe last year in a ground blind on a 0 degree night and I was fine, just dressed extra warm, when I had to go out and gut her, thats when I got COLD.

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Used the Mr Heater Buddy in the blind last year and never had a problem. Shot my buck out of one with the heater going and he was only 11 yards. At one time last year we had 2 of them in blind going and the deer were in at 15 yards with no problem. Going to be using them again this year during December archery. We were using the 1 # bottles and had a couple stashed in the blind in case it ran out.

If you want to become a 'good' archer become the BOW, if you want to become a 'great' archer become the ARROW....  BYRON FERGUSON

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Good topic! I've wondered about this very question and never asked anyone. Definitely going to try it out with the Mr Heater Buddy. Might need a couple in this weather!

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i wouldnt use a sunflower style heater in a ground blind because they are noisy and smelly but go with the mr buddy heater and there is very little smell and hardly any noise.

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Back in the day, my buddy's dad would build a good fire when he got to his stand. He never had a problem getting his deer. This was in WV when you could only shoot one buck during rifle season. The WHOLE week was and still is a state holiday(Thanksgiving week with deer season acknowleded). He'd do that for the first three or four days and if he didn't score, he'd still hunt in the same clothes. He didn't worry about the wind and padded along soft and quiet. I'm a firm believer in masking human scent even if it's not "natural". Wouldn't propane smell like one of the many wells around? I'd do it because I hunt like a snake. Snakes kill lions.

 Nuke the Whales

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I have used a big dynaglo heater in my deer shed for years, my shed is made of plywood with plexiglass windows that slide open, I open them really slowly when ready to shoot. I have not had any trouble with them winding me I figure that they will smell me the same time they smell the fumes of the heater. I also use a big polar fleece blanket and lay over me. It's just the walk in and out that get cold.

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I use a Mr. Buddy and even thought I can smell burned propane fumes from it, the deer don't seem to mind, even while they pass fairly close by downwind. I was a bit worried about it but ithasn't panned out to be a problem. Also used it in an elevated blind without ahy problems.
I don't use the starter that is built into it because it makes a loud BANG when the pizzoelectric thing goes off. I use one of those long lighter things and it lights very quiet.