well once again this question gets asked
dont get me wrong,i dont mind talking about blinds
my favorite blinds are double bulls
i own the original MATRIX by DOUBLE BULL
i also have their DARK HORSE
i LOOOOOOVVVVEEE my matrix,cant stand my dark horse
i know there isnt much differance bewteen the two
but there is enough differance to make me wish i had another matrix instead of the dark horse.
if i am the only one in it,then shooting my self bows(all are 66"ttt or longer) isnt an issue
with a second person in the blind it can be a littler more tricky to shoot a long bow in there.
the extra body and gear need to be placed just right to keep the limbs from hitting anything.
but it is doable.
i too hunt public land 99.9% of the time.
the pieces i hunt are fairly large and get a lot of hunting pressure for turkey.
i hike usually twice as far in as most people are willing to,just to avoid the crowd.
i used to think packing in my blind and gear was a real pain in the backside.
one year for x-mas my wife bought me a backpack made by "BLACK CREEK GUIDE GEAR".
this pack was made by them for packing double bull blinds.
it was made at the request of the creators of the double bull.the pack is designed to carry the blind and all
your turkey hiunting gear(the orignal owners/inventors of double bull are turkey hunting addicts,like me)
i have never had a problem fitting my blind,all my various calls,decoys,extra cloths,food and water(comes with a camel back hydration pack)
for a day or more in the woods.the pack is fully adjustable to fit any persons frame and can realy carry any type of portable blind.it is also capable of carry gun/bow too.i even manage to get my little buddy heater packed into it
.(i hate getting cold when hunting)
i have been known to walk 2.5 miles or more with this pack on my back.
never had a problem since i got the pack.
i know primos has raised the prices a little on the double bull blinds since they took them over.but in ,my opinion still the best made and most durable blinds you can by.primos does offer a few blinds that are almost identical to the double bulls,but only marketed under the primos brand.they are usually less expensive than the double bull line of blinds.
i think now that the market has expanded more and the patent on the double bull hubs etc. has been opened up.
more and more blind manufacturers are using their style of poles and hubs.so it seems like there are alot more quality blinds out there than there was even 5 years ago.i found that the pop up style that use an umbrella type hub,they just dont last that long before the fail to stay up.
the big differance these days seems to be the quality of fabric.i would recomend any heavy fabric that has a dark(black)interior,no shine on the outside in sunlight,and what they call "flapless fabric.which means it wont make that flapping noise(like a flag does)when its in the wind.
i prefer my matrix because it has all this plus a true 360* shoot thru mesh window.the dark horse only has a 180* shoot thru mesh with several shooting port windows on the other half.
i realy dont care for the shooting port windows for bow hunting.it seems like every time i need to shoot an arrow out one of these "port windows" i hit the edge of the fabric and this just throws the arrow out my intended trajectory,not to mention it tears the hell out of the fabric.i will admit this seems to happen more with the wheelie bow than my stick bows,but still i just dont like the port windows.when the port window is open for shooting,there is no mesh to shoot thru and seems like a turkey can pick you out and a fraction of a second too.even when wearing all black inside the blind.
also i would avoid any blind that has a fabric bottom,they seem to make alot of noise when moving around inside of them
basicaly i think it will come down to a few factors that only you will be able to decide on.
things like cost,size,weight how much time you plan on spending in it,how long you would like it to last before needing repairs/replacement.
give it a few more weeks and all the big outfitter stores should have all their blinds on display for the upcoming turkey season.
i would then go out and look at all of them and compare them to each other.
just remember "you do get what you pay for"
oh ya. another realy nice thing about a blind is that you can take kids with and they can move around with out scaring game off.
ive had deer/turkey and even coyotes right next to my blind and i mean right next to it,like literally touching the fabric.with the wife and i inside and moving around and they never even noticed us.well that is untill we shot them
we had a flock of turkeys one day right out the windows of the blind,i could have petted them they were so close.we had the windows open but the mesh down.we were talking out loud in every day tones and all they did was look at the blind and kept on feeding.they stayed around us for about an hour and a half.