4 Things You Need to Have in Your Box Blind

If you are considering getting a hunting box blind or just recently upgraded to a box blind, you won’t be sorry that you did. This might be a big step for you and your hunting game moving forward. Box blinds offer a ton of upside to help hunters with better concealment, scent control, and with comfort while in the field.

To make sure that you maximize the versatility of your box blind, there are some must-have items that you should greatly consider having in your box blind on every hunt. These things will make your hunt more comfortable and keep you in the stand much longer than you might be without them.

Although there are plenty of gimmick items out there, there are a few that will help you maximize your time in the stand and hunt more comfortably in your box blind. Let’s look at the things that can make that happen for you.


A Comfortable Hunting Chair

A Comfortable Hunting Chair

Hunting box blinds already get you out of the elements and bring their own level of comfort right off the bat. Putting in that comfortable hunting chair is the item that can really bring that comfort to the next level. Find a nice, comfortable chair that will keep you cozy on those long, all-day hunts.

Don’t pick just any chair though. We specifically say hunting chair because they are designed to have the features that a hunter needs while out in the field. Chairs that are built for hunting are built much more sturdy than your typical folding lawn chair. They are also built to be more portable and also be more quiet when deploying it and sitting in it.

The last thing you want is a chair that makes a bunch of noise when you need to shift or move around a little bit. Even though you are in a box blind that can conceal your movement, noise can still be an issue when moving around. A good hunting chair will help eliminate most of the sound when you shift and move slightly to keep yourself comfortable.

We also highly suggest a hunting chair that is able to swivel or rotate on its base. Inside of a box blind, you might have multiple windows available to shoot through looking over different areas around the blind. Being able to rotate and quickly get into shooting position without needing to move the whole chair can be very helpful. So get a good hunting chair that maximizes the comfort and usability of your box blind.


Weapon Hanger or Rest

Weapon Hanger or Rest

Inside your box blind, you will want to install a weapon hanger or a rest for your method of take. Depending on what you plan on hunting with, bow or firearm, will determine what kind of weapon holder you might gravitate towards.

If you plan to do more bow hunting, get a hanger to hang your bow from in the corner or off to the side away from your windows. If you are hunting with a firearm, a gun rest might be the better bet. Not only can it hold your firearm while it is not in use, but you can also use it to steady your aim when lining up a shot on an animal.

A gun rest can and should be moveable inside of the box blind so that you can move it from window to window or adjust as needed. Some box blinds for hunting come with silent slides that a gun rest attachment can use to move the rest around the blind. There are tons of options out there.

If you have a big enough box blind to take additional people, a gun rest is a great tool for allowing kids to get their first taste of big game hunting. The box blind will help fidgeting kids stay concealed and when the time comes to harvest an animal, the kid can worry about making a good shot instead of steadying the gun.

A weapon hanger or gun rest can be a vital tool inside of a box blind for any hunter.


Accessory Shelves

Accessory Shelves

Accessory shelves might seem like we are just putting lipstick on a pig and getting fancy, but they can be very useful to hunters who take helpful equipment out into the field with them for long hunts. Being able to quickly access smaller equipment like game calls, binoculars, or a range finder can be very helpful. This can keep your hands free when not using them, but you aren’t trying to dig them out of a pocket or wearing them on lanyards like you would in a treestand.

These can easily be installed. If you built your own box blind out of lumber, then this should be a very easy upgrade to make and you can customize them as much as you want. You could include hooks or even cup holders for your drink if you want to. Manufactured box blinds often come with a couple of small shelves in them already or have the ability to add them later. If you are a little handy, you can surely figure out how and where you need to place them to work for you.

If you hunt on private ground and can lock your box blind and know that no one will get into it, these accessory shelves can be a great place to keep your gear between hunts too. Not having to tote around a gear bag is highly beneficial to a lot of hunters if they can avoid it, especially if they are trying to slip in and out of an area covertly during peak hunting times.


Food & Water

Food & Water

Items of nourishment are a must to have in a box blind. The upside to having a box blind is the covert ability to be more concealed and more room for movement and storage during the hunt. It also will allow you to stay in the field a lot longer. For those long, all-day hunts, you are going to want a snack and fluids or even a couple of sandwiches for lunch.

Some hunters have been known to take a soft sided cooler out with them while others that use box blinds will leave small coolers in the box blind so that they can put their food and drinks inside of it. This helps keep them cool in the warmer months of fall and can keep stuff from getting frozen or soggy in the colder months of the late hunting season. Make sure you take out what you need to keep you energized throughout the day!


Honorable Mentions

There are a couple of other things that we considered for the list but didn’t make the top four only because we didn’t feel that they were completely necessary. However, we do believe they would be a very useful addition to just about any hunting blind.

The first is a carpeted floor or using a rug inside the box blind. This can help reduce noise from moving your feet or muffle the sound of dropping a piece of hunting gear on the floor. It can also help add an extra layer of insulation to the floor, which is great when the wind starts to pick up.

carpeted floor

The second is a heater. For those who still have open tags later in the season as it transitions into winter, why not be warm and comfy? Some might consider this cheating or not following the traditional ways of hunting. We say, if it keeps you in the stand and gives you a better chance at harvesting an animal, do it.

There are small portable heaters that take up little room and are safe to be used inside that are perfect for box blinds. Especially if you have a well insulated box blind, a heated can keep it cozy warm for hours in there. Just don’t make it too warm to where you find yourself snoozing in your comfy hunting chair.


Get Accessorizing!

We hope that we were able to give you a couple of good ideas of things to add to your box blind to make your hunts even better than they already are. You might already have some of these in your box blind or might have been considering them already, but there is always room for improvement. You and your box blind deserve the best experience possible while hunting.

Start adding these essential items to your box blind and take your hunts to the next level. Go get accessorizing your box blind and happy hunting!

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Patrick Long Patrick Long

Patrick is a lifelong hunter who mainly chases whitetail, but also enjoys duck and turkey hunting. He has hunted game in various states throughout the U.S. and always enjoys hunting in new areas with new people. Patrick usually prefers his .308 while in the stand but is also an avid bow hunter. Patrick is the author of Omega Outdoors (omegaoutdoors.blog) where he regularly publishes his hunting experiences, insights, and expertise. When he’s not in the great outdoors hunting, he’s writing as much as possible.