How To Brush In A Layout Blind

Brushing a layout blind is the process of how you move around in a layout blind. You can brush a layout blind by crawling, walking, or running. The type of brushing techniques that you use will depend on how close to morning light you are and how much time there is left until shooting light breaks. In this post, we’ll go over how to best brush in a layout blind so that your chances for success increase!

How To Brush In A Layout Blind

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Brushing Techniques

There is nothing more frustrating than spending all day in your layout blind, only to have the buck walkout 20 yards before you can get a shot. By following a few simple steps, you can minimize this possibility and increase your chances of putting venison on the table. In this post, we’ll go over how to brush in a layout blind effectively.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

Step 1: Approach Slowly and Quietly

The first step to brushing your stand is approaching it slowly and quietly. The number one reason that deer spook while getting into the stand is how careless hunters are while walking up. I understand how difficult this can be when you are excited to get into your stand, but if you take your time you will see how much it improves your hunting.

Please note that this step is only effective in the early season or pre-rut when bucks aren’t overly aggressive towards estrus does. If you are post-rut and the deer around your area are spooky, then another technique may be more beneficial.

Step 2: Push Yourself Off the Ground

The next step is to push yourself off of the ground slowly and quietly. You do not want to pop up from a stand so quickly that a buck hears you and turns away before you can get a shot. By pushing yourself off of the ground slowly, you will minimize how much noise you make.

Again, this step is more beneficial in the early season when bucks are less aggressive and aren’t as quick to leave the area when they hear something strange.

Step 3: Take Your Time Getting into the Stand

The final step is to take your time getting into the stand. This means slowly and quietly placing one hand on your bow or gun before sliding it up into the stand with you. Again, this step is only truly effective in the early season when bucks are more relaxed around estrus does.

If you follow these three simple steps every time you go to brush in your stand, then I guarantee that you will see an increase in your success while hunting. Thanks for reading, and I hope this information helps you put venison in the freezer this year!

Morning Light vs Shooting Light

The time of day you set up your layout blind can make a big difference in how successful you are. Bucks are most active early in the morning and late in the evening, so this is when you’ll have the best chance of getting a shot. If you set up your blind during these times, you won’t have to worry as much about brushing in and out. However, you’ll also have to deal with shooting light, which we’ll discuss next.

How Close to Morning Light Should You Be When Brushing In A Layout Blind

Ideally, you should be done brushing in your layout blind by the time morning light hits your location. This will help to ensure that you remain hidden from deer. If you must continue brushing in your blind after sunrise, do so very carefully and make sure to minimize any movement. Remember, even the slightest motion can give away your position.

When Is The Best Time To Start Brushing In A Layout Blind?

The best time to start brushing in a layout blind is usually when you have a good idea of where the deer are going to be heading. You don’t want to start too early, as the deer will become more cautious and avoid your setup if they see you moving around too much. However, you also don’t want to wait too late either, as the deer’s patterns will have already been established and they will likely pass by your blind without stopping.

What If You’re Too Close To Morning Light and the Deer Are Still in the Area?

If you are too close to morning light and the deer are still in the area, you may need to adjust how you approach the hunt. This can be done by either waiting until later in the day when the deer will be moving or trying to get closer to them before taking the shot. You may also want to try using different hunting blinds to get a better view of the deer.

If you are using a layout blind, it is important to brush it in well so that the deer cannot see you. This can be done by using natural materials like leaves, branches, and grass to help conceal the blind. You should also try to stay still and avoid making any loud noises that the deer may hear. Finally, you should try to find a position where you can comfortably sit without showing any part of yourself above the blind while still being able to get a good shot at the deer.

Why It’s Important to Brush in a Layout Blind Effectively

Brushing a layout blind is an important step in a successful hunt. It’s how you ensure that you have the best chance of being close to morning light and how you maximize how much time there is left until shooting light breaks.


In this post, we’ve gone over how to best brush in a layout blind so that your chances for success increase. We hope you found the information helpful and will use it on your next shoot! If you have any questions about anything related to hunting or shooting, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts are ready and waiting at all times of day or night.

You may also check out another post on this topic. How To Hide Layout Blinds In Short Grass. happy hunting!

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