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An Innovation in Hunting



The Art and Science of Stalking, Bowhunters Advantage

Archery hunting big game, which requires close proximity to the animal is, by its very nature, quite different from hunting the animals using a rifle.  Archery hunting requires superb stalking skills and the ability to conceal your movement while closing in.  But getting close often isn’t enough – it’s simply a good start.  In close proximity, most big game animals can see and hear as well as they can smell.  Therefore, the ability to hide your presence when you are within bow range is crucial.  Whether you’re stalking on foot or sitting on a tree stand concealing your movement and blending in are key.  If you’re stalking in the vast open fields of the Great Plains or sitting in a relatively bare cedar or pine tree you need to conceal your movements and break up the outline.  Blind Magnet shields are designed to address these problems.  They not only give you cover for open field stalking but they mask your movement in the crucial moments of drawing back.  Using the shield also means you don’t have to stay drawn for a long period of time waiting for a clear, ethical shot.  Draw only when the time is right.

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No need to walk around with the shield attached to your bow.  Lightweight and compact you can carry the Warrior Shield in your vest or backpack.  It takes less than a minute to pop the shield open and attach it to your bow when you need cover.

Stalking Techniques. Here is the art and science of open field stalking.  Birds and animals are super alert, almost paranoid, in the woods where their field of vision is limited.  The slightest movement or noise could be a predator approaching and would make them take flight.  But in open fields they tend to be more relaxed and comfortable as they have a 360-degree view of their surroundings.  For example,  geese and turkeys tend to feed in the middle of large fields away from edges where there are predators and hunters. Hunters can use this animal psychology to their advantage.

Once you have located the game in a field, plan your route carefully.  Use natural covers as much as you can to close distance.  You can deploy the shield quickly just before you get to a spot where there is no cover.  Slowly and quietly open the shield and attach it to your bow – it takes less than a minute to attache it to you bow. Walk into the open field very slowly and  hold still for a couple of minutes and let the game get used to it.

Try to approach in straight lines and minimize moving sideways or up and down. Moving in straight lines and minimizing vertical and lateral movements are essential because birds and animals that have their eyes located on the side of their head have monocular vision and poor depth perception but are very sensitive to lateral and vertical moves. Just watch how big cats in Africa stalk their prey or watch a house cat zeroing in on a mouse, rabbit or even a moving toy.  Nature has a lot to teach us, indeed.

Patience and keeping your excitement in check are very important in stalking.  Observe the game carefully.  If it stops doing what it’s doing and is looking at you or looks jumpy hold still until it calms down.  Crouch behind the shield, walk very slowly and deliberately, pausing frequently to check the animal’s behavior as you close in.

Stalking is an acquired skill.  It takes patience, practice and experience.  The key factors are blending in to hide your profile and cat-like movements–stealth, quietness, slow movement in straight lines, and in the case of approaching animals, also masking your smell. “The ability to stalk or move without making any sudden quick movements or loud noise is essential to avoiding detection.  Always pick your route carefully to keep you concealed… Take steps about half your normal stride when stalking in the upright position.  Such strides help you to maintain your balance.  You should be able to stop at any point in that movement and hold that position as long as necessary..” (Army Field Manuals)

If you master the art of stalking and combine that with ambush hunting you’ll be a very successful hunter.


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Bowhunting Shields






Bowhunting Shields are our latest products just introduced to the market.  The new features we added follow our philosophy of tactical flexibility and a proactive approach to hunting.  These features include shoot-through capability for bowhunters and attachable game images.

There are two types of shields. The larger one, InstaShield, is for open fields and the smaller one, the Warrior Shield, is for sparsely vegetated areas or whenever you need quick cover.  Both are pop-open, lightweight, easy to attach to a bow or crossbow and have many wind slits to minimize wind resistance.

The shields can be used in stationary or stalking mode to mask the archer’s movements while closing in and especially at the crucial moments of drawing. How you use the shields depends on what you’re hunting and where.  In the Northeast or the Midwest, for example, you don’t approach deer with the shield.  If you’re hunting on foot in the woods you don’t move around with the shield attached all the time.  You attach it ONLY when there is no natural cover or when you need cover when drawing.  It takes about 10 seconds to pop it open and attach it to your bow.  Most hunters in these areas use tree stands for deer or bear hunting.  The shields could provide cover in tree stands when drawing back.  As Steve Beckwith, a professional hunting guide with the Maine Hunters TV commented, “The guys always complain about the front safety/gun rest bar draped in camo being in their way to shoot over and having to stand and move carefully with a bear at 15-25 yards below them and not get caught moving or making noise.  Now we can lift the front bar for bow hunters and recommend these to our bow clients and guys can shoot with concealment cover when drawing while sitting down.. less noise and less movement, better opportunity!  I will pick up some nice limb style bow holders, to rest the bow with this set up mounted on it while waiting on stand and then a simple slow move behind the shield to grab the bow and come to full draw…”

In other parts of the country where you have vast flat lands and short grasses, as in the Great Plains states, the shields can be used in a different way.  In these areas where there is little natural cover getting within range can be daunting for bowhunters.  The shields can provide cover for open field stalking when hunting pronghorns or other big game animals.  If our recommended techniques of moving in straight lines and minimizing vertical and lateral movements are followed these shields can be very effective.  These shields can turn the unbroken vistas into bowhunter-friendly terrain. (Please also read out previous post ” Field Stalking with Hybrid Shields”.

Finally, attaching game images is in line with our name, Blind Magnet.  The blind masks your stalking and drawing movements while the image acts as a magnet to the game.  Using the right stalking techniques with game images can be very promising for big game bowhunters.

We strongly believe in safety and highly recommend using the blaze orange that comes with the shields.  We DO NOT RECOMMEND using the game images during any type of rifle season or in the woods.

Can’t wait for the archery season to start–looking forward to your feedback!

Bowhunting Shields are available for purchase at Blind Magnet’s online store

History of Chukar Blind


There have been many inquiries about Blind Magnet’s colorful pattern finallogobestfor chukar hunt; why it’s called Blind Magnet, how it works and where the idea comes from.  The idea is so counter intuitive that some people have been very skeptical despite posting videos and pictures on our Facebook. So here are some answers.

The name Blind Magnet captures the essence of this contraption. The blind conceals the hunter and his movements while the colorful pattern attracts the chukar.  Hence the name Blind Magnet.  A very common motif for hunting blinds is a camouflage surface pattern that is meant to blend in with the environment.  By contrast, Blind Magnet is colorful and highly visible.  It’s designed to stand out in the environment and get the attention of certain gamebirds like chukar partridge. The particular combination of the colorful shapes attracts the bird.  Who knows what goes through the bird’s mind.  It’s either hunger as it could represent a potential source of food or just plain curiosity but it does attract the bird particularly in snow.

As to where the idea comes from, chukar have been trapped and hunted in their native habitat in the Middle East long before they were introduced in the United States.  Some ancient tribes have used this type of blind for hunting for centuries.  I have a fascinating theory.  I think the idea comes from tribal women’s customs in the Middle East.  They wear beautiful and highly colorful and ornate costumes and often embellish them with shinny coins or sequins attached to their dress and head scarfs.

Kurds and Lurs, as an ancient people in the Middle East, have had a nomadic life style moving twice a year in search of green pastures for their animals.  While these tribes were on the move, hunting was a source of food as well as sport for men.  When moving through the mountains, women went to local springs to fetch water and realized the chukar would not run away from them and in some cases they approached women looking mesmerized by the colors and the glitter.

I had heard about the colorful blind and how it’s used for hunting chukar several years ago but it was only a couple of years ago when I decided to try it.  After several hunting expeditions in Utah, Nevada and California, trying different structural and pattern designs, I came up with a design which is not only lightweight, portable and maneuverable but it has the right combination of colors to attract chukar.  While playing cat and mouse with the chukar at high altitude, I learned how to use the Blind Magnet.  The angle in which you approach, your distance and pace as well as the movements of the blind all play a role in getting close to the bird.  I took some video footage and pictures of my expeditions which are online but the best opportunity I had for showing how well the blind works came last year.  And that’s another story.  I’ll post the story and the techniques for using the blind at a later date.

Chukar Blind is available at:




Stalk a Flock

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Hunting turkeys in the fall is different than hunting them in the spring. Unless you’re a world class caller, toms won’t even respond to your calls, let alone come running.  You need a different strategy to get a turkey for your Thanksgiving table.

Here’s how you can bag a bird in the fall.  First, you need to find them.  If you have done preseason scouting you know where the turkeys roost, their trails or where they hang out in the fields.  If you haven’t done preseason scouting you can still find them by doing some scouting and spotting.  You can do it on foot or by driving around.  If on foot, look for evidence on the ground – tracks, scratchings, molted feathers, dusting spots, roosting areas and droppings.  If you choose to drive, you can cover a large territory.  Turkeys are mobile at this time of year, so driving around usually pays off and is best done with a buddy so one can look around while the other drives.

Early in the season you can find them, as they travel in same sex flocks, in open fields or edge cover areas.  Once you find them, you have various options.  The most common strategy for this time of year is a scatter and call back technique.  I would take issue with this approach; it makes no sense to scare turkeys away after you finally find them.  You have to wait another hour or so before they come back and sometimes the turkeys never return.

My recommendation is a hybrid strategy, which maximizes your chance of success.  Once you spot the turkeys in a field, try to stalk them using a Hunting Shield. Contrary to popular perception, these birds are easier to approach in open fields as they tend to be more relaxed because they have a 360-degree view of their surroundings.  Moreover, turkeys have monocular vision as their eyes are located on the sides of their head, so they have poor depth perception.  If you use the right stalking techniques, you can get within shooting range.  This is what you need to do:  While hiding your profile behind the shield, maintain stealth and approach very slowly in straight lines–no up and down or lateral moves.  Pause for a minute or so if the birds look spooked and then resume your approach until you’re within range.

If by any chance you’re busted by the turkeys, no worries– sit against a tree and take cover behind the shield near where you think the birds will be and try to call them in.  Since you have not scattered them by running into the field screaming like a mad man, they will come back fairly soon.

Depending on whether you’re dealing with hens or toms, adjust your calling.  For hens, make a long series of yelps to mimic a hen calling her young.  For toms, try to pick a fight.  Start with lost yelps.  When you get a response, call aggressively.  Cut off and mimic any answer you get.  Turn up the intensity.  If you succeed, they will come rushing in to your Thanksgiving table. (Parts of this post are inspired by ” The Basics: How To Start Hunting Turkeys in the Fall”  BY PHIL BOURJAILY OCTOBER 4, 2012 – Field & Stream)

Stalking shields are available on Blind Magnet website

Watch the video: Closing in

Read more about open field stalking:

Field Stalking with Hybrid Shields

Special Fall Hunting Package. The package includes a Shield of your choice for gun or bow hunting and a quality Blind Magnet Dome Tent plus free shipping! Great Value! Limited Time Offer. Click the link below:



Blind Magnet® Innovative Pattern

Typically, hunting blinds are stationary and designed to conceal the hunter from the game. In this sense, traditional blinds are passive blinds.  Traditional blinds are placed in locations where birds or animals are likely to be present by concealing the presence of the hunter.  A very common motif for hunting blinds is a camouflage surface pattern that is meant to blend in with the blind’s environment.  By contrast,the mobile blind is colorful and highly visible.  The mobile blind is designed to stand out in the environment. The colorful canvas attracts the gamebirds to the hunter

while also allowing the hunter to approach the gamebirds. This counter-intuitive design is unique as the only blind meant to attract more attention to the blind, while still concealing the hunter.

The Blind Magnet™ pattern attracts certain wildlife including some variety of partridge and particularly chukar partridge. The colorful canvas represents a source of food to the bird particularly in extreme weather like Winter or in drought stricken areas where food is scarce.

Blind Magnet™ works in all terrains and weather conditions, but particularly well in snow.  Certain conditions occur in the winter that make Blind Magnet™ ideal for use.  When snow starts to fall, birds descend to lower elevations and become concentrated in smaller areas, mostly on south-facing slopes and closer to the snow line.  This makes it easier to find the birds.  Also, since chukar and partridges usually live in dry areas, you won’t have to worry as much about getting your vehicle stuck in snow, or hiking through deep snow.

Chukar need three things to survive: cliffs for roosting, shrubby cover near the cliffs, and seeds and grasses to eat.  In winter, when there is snow on the ground and food is scarce, the birds are hungry.  This provides an ideal situation for using Blind Magnet™.  The colorful canvas stands out against the snowy white background and represents a source of food to the hungry birds. Using the right stalking techniques, a whole covey of chukar could gather in front of the blind.




About Chukar Partridge

The chukar partridge or chukar (Alectoris chukar) is a Eurasian upland gamebird in thepheasant family. The chukar presents great challenges to the upland hunter. Thechukar partridge is a gamebird that loves remote, rugged mountainous terrain. Thechukar is able to sprint quickly, characteristically retreats uphill, has superioreyesight, and is particularly vigilant and cautious. The chukar’s natural abilities and characteristics are what make it a challenge for the hunter to approach withinshooting range of the gamebird.

The chukar’s original range encompassed much of the Middle East such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and the former U.S.S.R. and parts of Greece, Spain, China, Nepal and India. This beautiful gamebird has been a favored target of upland hunting enthusiasts for centuries, and is so beloved, upland hunters went to great trouble to transplant this bird from its Eurasian homeland to places as far away as New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the United States.

The Chukar was introduced in the United States in the 1930s and 40s. After years of trial and efforts, chukar populations were established in Western and some Southern states in the 60s and 70s. The chukar is now an important part of the American hunting scene.

Our Philosophy at Blind Magnet®

We begin this blog to explain the philosophy behind our approach to hunting and how our products fit into this approach.  Initial reactions to some of the products have ranged from awe to skepticism, so we decided to explain in this blog the logic behind our approach to hunting, which is intertwined with the products we offer. 

We strongly advocate creative and flexible techniques in hunting.  These techniques are developed based on studies of hunting in other cultures and observing how predators hunt in nature.  The products we offer and the methods we recommend for using them all support this approach to hunting.   The school of thought we subscribe to is not well known or popular, partly because of the staying power of tradition and partly because there have not been many advocates and viable products to justify and sustain this approach to hunting.  In this blog we will write about different aspects of this approach to hunting and show how the products we offer tie into this approach. 

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