Ameristep Bone Collector Ground Blind
Great Blind for its price
Bought this blind for deer hunting a few years ago but never had a spot to use it. Went out for a weekend this year and decided to take it out, and found out how easy it was to set up. Put up in less than 2 minutes, and folded up and went back into the bag just as easy. Had a big bull walk up to my blind 20 feet away and never noticed a thing. later that morning I shot a 8 point buck 30 yards away, walking straight towards me. Next day, 2 does walked out and i shot a doe 35 yards away. Great blind for its price and size.
January 24, 2013
Tent sets up easy with enough room for me and my 10 yr old son. Buzzes like a duck call when the wind blows, and the window tie downs are cheap elastic and after two weeks of use are stretched out and useless. The window are hard to see out of at dusk and dawn but the camo does make it hard for the deer to see you also. I guess I just expected too much in a $200 tent.
October 10, 2013
its a ok blind
I got to use the blind at the end of the season this year and I was very pleased with it except for the mesh windows are velcro which is very noisy trying to open. it would be ideal if they were magnets instead of Velcro. other than that the blind I was very pleased with I do like the fact that the mesh windows are camouflaged and the the bow windows on the corners give me visibility out of my blind spots that I did not have in my last blind. if it wasn't for the velcro windows I would give it a higher rating but at the same time would recommend this to a friend. it is very easy to set up and take down.
January 16, 2015
Nice Quality Blind
I bought this to replace a smaller doghouse blind this year, and I am highly impressed with this blind.
Initial set up: A little difficult the first time, as the instructions are a little vague about popping it open. It should read that for the first side panel you pop out, you really need to place your foot on the bottom edge of a corner, and your hand on the opposite top corner (diagonal), to make it easier. Once the first hub pops out, the rest is easy. After the first time setting it up, I can have it out of the bag and open in less than a minute.
For the reviewer that said they found the blind 50 feet/yards from where they set it up: Did you use the tie down ropes that came with it? I did, and we had a bad storm and strong winds the night I set it up to let it air out initially, and mine never budged a bit. The thing is like a rock. If you are going to leave it up for extended periods of time, I would recommend better stakes.
Interior: I am 6'2" tall and about 220lbs. I have no problem moving around in it. When I stand in the center, I can stand straight up and bend my head almost over to my shoulders. To me, that is plenty of room. I do not bow hunt, so I cannot attest to how your draw length would be affected, but I do not foresee a problem.
Construction: Pretty heavyweight for what I expected. You do see the seams where it was manufactured (tiny holes where thread is sewn in). No big issue, as you have that with some tents. If you are going to hunt in the rain, I would recommend a waterproofing sealer (which I did). The interior of this sucker is BLACK! I mean DARK! The interior windows are held up with little wooden dowels that fit in a loop. The shoot through mesh is held on by Velcro, which I wish they would have used silent zippers, especially for the price.
Take-Down: The first time taking it down was also a little difficult, as the instructions are vague, yet again. When you pop all the hubs in and the tops drops, the instructions leave out one important detail that makes it easier. When the top comes down, you will see the top rotate slightly. Rotate it a hair more, and it folds right up.
When I received the blind, and set it up, I noticed one mesh window had a snag tear about 2" long. I contacted the manufacturer, and they asked for codes off a label and pictures. I sent them both of these. Within 2 days I got an email back stating they were replacing the window. Not only did they send me a replacement mesh window, they sent me a whole mesh window replacement kit for the whole blind! Customer service from the manufacturer was outstanding!
Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase, and would not hesitate to buy it again.
April 17, 2013