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Pop up hides - anyone use them?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jaarus, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. jaarus

    jaarus Active Member

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    Trowbridge, Wiltshire
    Does anyone use a pop up hide?

    Thinking ahead a bit, to when we are finally free of this dark and gloomy weather and I can get out for some shooting in the evening and actually ‘see’, I am quite partial to a bit of hide shooting for both rabbits and pigeons.
    Currently, about half my car boot is packed full of ‘hide stuff’ (got nowhere else to put it and if in the house ....well the wife wouldn’t be too happy!). It’s stuff that I got from Freecycle, Freegle and hand-me-downs from friends [​IMG]

    The trouble I have is that despite it doing its job admirably, when set-up properly – that being that it hides me from critters, it does have several draw backs:
    (a) It’s a hell of a lot of stuff to carry about
    (b) It takes a while to setup - lots of parts involved!
    (c) My camo netting still isn’t quite big enough (LOL) so I have to tweak it for ages to provide adequate cover
    (d) Because of (c), I can only use it properly in one spot on one of my permissions. The one I don’t go to that often!!
    (d) It offer absolutely no protection from the elements – if it’s windy, you get cold. If it rains, you get wet.

    So, I am toying with the idea of a pop up hide.
    Not the small 1 man folded roof affairs as whilst granted, they are very clever (and some even have a chair in them as part of it!) they just look a bit small to me. Not sure I would want to spend a few hours in one – I would probably cook if the sun was shining! And if something landed to the side of you, you are fudged.

    I am talking the dome/cube like jobbies – basically look about the size of a 3 man dome tent, in camo and without a groundsheet. You get loads of windows and lots of room to position yourself to get the shot – plus you can move about a bit to avoid cramp/numb bum and also get some air circulating so you don’t cook LOL

    Anyone use one?
    Seen a few of late with 3d leaf cut-outs on them which look (in their promotional photographs, granted) very good indeed.
    Not cheap mind you...£80-120 - but if it works and it’s simple, then perhaps money well spent.
    I could just pop it up wherever I choose on my permissions and be instantly hidden and shielded from the elements........ and then it’s just the waiting game and consequent shot to worry about LOL.
  2. ratman60

    ratman60 Pro Poster

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    hello, yes quite often and a piece of 9 x 4 camo net and 2 stakes, both are set up and left in field spring/summer where i know rabbit warrens are and feed on grass then i shoot from 6pm till dark, i got mine off ebay from a bristol company a 1 man pop up, yes not so adaptable as the camo net but serves its purpose.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2014
  3. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Got a quick erect hide, literally take it out of the bag and stake it down, thats all there is to it!
  4. Alan17hmr

    Alan17hmr Donator

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    5 Clowne Derbyshire Wagbi then Basc Member

    On my permission from time to time I put my Doghouse hide up

    As it slides out of the bag it instantly launches into its proper shape then after six pegs it's done

    i sometimes leave this up for a couple of weeks at a time, I do have a sturdy rope attached so if it has problems and blows down it stays put till I return

    After a couple of days the local rabbits are used to it and apart from me walking to it they ignore it completely

    My only problem is the double twist to get it back in the bag

    I do think on its day it increases my numbers

    Alan xxx
  5. neiled

    neiled Donator

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    I can see the logic of using one of these pop up hides with windows on all sides allowing you to take your shots but how do you shoot when using a camo net to make a hide as I can't see any windows or cut outs in the ones I've seen for sale?
  6. jaarus

    jaarus Active Member

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    Trowbridge, Wiltshire
    If you have a hedge, you can use it like a fence in front of you - its covered in holes to poke a barrel through.

    If you dont have a hedge (like me) then you need to get a bit creative.
    I stick a pair of poles in the ground and peg the net into the ground about 2m away (this will be the back of the hide), then drape the camo net up to the poles and tie off. Peg to the ground as far round as possible. Then using another thinner piece of camo net, I tie it to the poles at the front about a foot or so down from the top. So, I am basically inside a camo net tent with a 1 ft gap at head height at the front for me to shoot from.

    Its very good - but throwing a pop-up tent from a bag would be tonnes easier!
  7. timmytree

    timmytree Pro Poster

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    I use an Ameristep Outhouse that I picked up a couple of years ago for £40.
    I don't use it that often because I prefer a properly built hide in a hedge but it does have it's uses!
    It's not totally waterproof but still better than sitting in the open, strong wind makes you feel like you're sitting in a zeppelin and in sunny weather it gets very hot. Goes up easily, folds down easily and is big enough for me, a chair, sticks and bagful of grub.
    Windows on all sides.
    I've used it in woods, on stubble fields with a desert camo net over it, on grass fields overlooking rabbit warrens. Rabbits and pigeons ignore it, corvids shy away unless I leave it up for a week or so.
    Well worth the money.
  8. andy46

    andy46 Donator

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    iv got one like what huntersvermins uses on his youtube channel,but not really used it that much,i always find my self going to my fixed hide.

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