What to Consider When Buying Used Hunting Hides

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What to Consider When Buying Used Hunting Hides

Hunting hides provide hunters with enough cover to avoid detection during hunting trips. However, manufacturers design different types of hides that fulfill specific hunting objectives. In addition to deciding on the type of used shooting hide, hunters must should also carefully consider a hide's material and other accessories that will enhance hunting performance.


Types of Hunting Hides

Although hunters have several types of used hunting hide options, the purpose of each type of hide is essentially providing maximum concealment during hunting trips. The type of hide chosen typically depends on the type of hunting.


Type of Hide



Open at the top for quick access to fowl and game

Allows hunters to move the hide to remain within the range of moving targets

Works well for large game

Pop Up

Lightweight construction

Hide pops up when it is time to shoot

Conveniently folds for fast storage


Designed for use near small bodies of water

Constructed with materials that prevent water from entering the hide

Can be temporary or permanent structures


Similar in appearance to sleeping bags

Fully conceal hunter, who waits until geese fly overhead

Easy to open


Wide variety of designs

Options include tripod, box, and elevated hides

Tripod hides provide hunters with 360-degree view


Deer hides typically take more time to set up or build, especially elevated hides that require tools and durable materials. However, elevated hides provide good concealment for deer hunters, as the hunter's scent moves away from ground to tree line level.


Ground Hide Materials

As quick set up times make used ground hides the most popular choice amongst hunters, a versatile hide requires hunters to select the right materials. Some ground hides include windows that hunters can zip and unzip to have instant access to deer and wild boar. A mesh screen works great for bow hunters who need space to hone in on their targets. Ground hide fabrics should possess the resilience to stretch and rebound from hours of constant use. Several manufacturers utilise space-age materials that augment protection against harsh weather elements. Hunting hide fabrics, such as leather, block strong winds and provide hunters with aeration.


Hide Accessories

Hunting fowl and game can take several hours or even an entire day from sunrise to sunset. Hunters should consider used hide accessories that help pass the time. Lightweight, yet durable seats provide hunters with firm seating support. Waterproof gear pouches conveniently store ammunition and firearm components, as well as perishable food. A large cooler not only provides food storage, it also acts as storage for fowl. Smaller coolers maintain food freshness and proper beverage temperatures. Hunters should consider spraying insect repellent over the hide, especially for hunting in warm and humid conditions.

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