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Made in Michigan Lucky's Hunting Blinds - Celebrating 28 years and still going strong

Tom Lounsbury

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:30:29 EDT

 


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Made in Michigan Lucky's Hunting Blinds - Celebrating 28 years and still going strong

By Tom Lounsbury

An eye opening reality is that time seems to pass by rather quickly, especially the older I get. It doesn't seem all that many years ago when I received a phone call from Bob Peruski Sr. inviting me to make a visit and check out a new (very portable) hunting ground blind he had just invented. At the time I was quite frankly, not much into deer hunting from any sort of blind with my favorite techniques being primarily still-hunting and just plain old "stump-sitting" at likely spots allowing me to remain mobile and quite versatile. I was curious however about what Bob Peruski Sr. wanted to show me.
I will never forget him walking out in front of me with a camouflage bundle under his arm, then stopping and standing the bundle on end and flicking his wrists. Presto, a dome-shaped hunting blind suddenly appeared before my eyes almost on the order of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. To say I was both amazed and impressed is a matter of fact, and I immediately had to have one.
The timing for my introduction to this portable ground blind was quite fortuitous because my two eldest sons Jake and Josh were just venturing into hunting with me and the Lucky's Ground Blind provided the perfect weather tight and concealable atmosphere to take a kid hunting, not only for deer but wild turkeys, varmints and even crows too. It didn't take me long at all to adjust to hunting from an easy to move anywhere and anytime Lucky's Ground Blind. It was nice that when it rained, I stayed dry, and when it was cold and windy, I stayed cozy. My kids sure appreciated all of this as well, not to mention we could all sit together in total concealment and the kids could even fidget around a bit.
These blinds are also durable and tough. The first one I began using 28 years ago is still in use today, and I left one set up in the same location (a real deer hotspot I hated to disturb or change in any way) for 12 years straight that never failed me and remained weather tight the entire time (and the zippered door always held true). When some blinds might come tumbling down because of snow accumulation, the Lucky's keeps on ticking due to the dome top that allows the white stuff to roll easily off and it sheds rain in the same manner. This is clearly an effective hunting blind designed by an avid and veteran hunter.
As I discovered on my first introduction, setting up a Lucky's Ground Blind is as simple as flicking your wrists and you will have a dome-shaped tent in a matter of seconds. Metal tent stakes are located in a small inside pocket near the door that zips shut and this hunting blind is not only quick to setup, but highly portable as well. Changing a hunting location requires just pulling the tent stakes, and with the door open, flicking everything back together and throwing it over your shoulder or under your arm, and moving on to another spot.
One thing I really appreciate is that Lucky's Hunting Blinds are made in the USA, and better yet, made right in my home Thumb area of Michigan, near Ubly. The fabric used these days is tough 600 Denier in a wide variety of camouflage designs, sewn by very skilled local ladies in their homes. The framework is inch steel that is guaranteed never to break, and everything is put together at the Lucky's facility. The interior is blackened to help conceal the hunter or hunters and there is a wide selection of window designs, as well as bow hangers and shooting rests available. Blinds can also be customized to suit a user's preference and needs.
Lucky's offers a variety of blinds as well for the tree-stand hunters but the Ground Blind is the meat and potatoes of the operation and accounts for 95 per cent of the sales. These days it seems like a lot of folks believe you need to be up in the trees or on an elevated platform in order to hunt deer, but that is hardly the case in reality. Ground blinds are as effective today as they have always been and you don't have to worry about falling either. I'll readily take a comfortable nap (why leave the woods for this when you can stay on site?) in my Lucky's Ground Blind when that is this last thing I ever want to do when I'm up in a tree. There are also certain hunting situations where only a ground blind will work.
Bob Peruski Jr. joined his father in the Lucky's business about 25 years ago after serving four years in the Army and in recent years has taken over the helm to allow Bob Sr. to have more time to enjoy life such as hunting all over the country (and Canada) and of course field testing their products (a favorite passion is bowhunting for elk in Idaho). Everything this family-run business creates is put through a genuine and rigid field testing process before the public ever sees it.
Of course both Bob Sr. and Bob Jr. keep coming up with something new in their hunting blind business and I'm always curious and anticipating what will be next. However their Ground Blind remains the mainstay product and it now comes in many variations, often due to hunter/user requests. This relates to overall blind size, window location and size and shape, but it ultimately remains the same in a very dependable and easy to use design that works.
An example is the creation is the Lucky's Low-profile Gun/Crossbow Two-person Ground Blind that features amazing visibility with a series of oval windows which offer a stabile shooting rest. Windows are also offered with see-thru vinyl plastic windows for all their hunting blinds upon request. Such truly seals in the human scent factor as well as make the blinds even more weather tight, especially if a heater is being used.
A matter that has always perked my interest is being able to put a Lucky's Ground Blind on a raised, wooden platform. The key here would be in properly anchoring the blind to the platform and Bob Jr. has come up with a simple (but as usual, ingenious) addition of a nut at critical points which can be used to bolt the Ground Blind securely in place. This is now available on their blinds which of course can be still used on the ground whenever desired.
Bob Sr. has come up with his own entirely different raised platform blind design which entails a unique "well" in the wooden platform for hunters' feet and legs. The hunter (or hunters) sits on a bench around the leg/foot-well which allows quick and quiet maneuverability to access any of the windows that also have shooting rests for guns and crossbows (I checked this out with my Darton "Scorpion" crossbow and by setting the cocking stirrup on the window-rest, I had absolute stability and plenty of clearance for the function of the crossbow's limbs). The leg/foot-well is also the perfect place for a heater and occupants would be easily quite cozy in brutally cold weather.
The leg/foot-well allows this raised platform blind to have a much lower profile and entering/exiting this blind is easy due to doing so at the side of the well which features a portion of the bench seat that moves out of the way. This also means you don't have to climb as high on a ladder due to this lower access position (on a platform with 6 ft legs, this requires only 2 steps on the ladder).
When it comes to hunting from the trees I prefer the stability of ladder-stands and because I often have a kid hunting with me, two-person ladder-stands are more often than not, my cup of tea. Lucky's offers a blind specifically for two-person ladder-stands and I plan on purchasing one for this fall and giving it a whirl. Besides the protection from the elements and absolute concealment, this will allow the kid hunting with me to get a little "twitchy" and not alerting deer to our position (and yes, deer do look up, and more so since hunters have taken to the trees). I've also been known to get twitchy a bit myself, especially with aging joints that need to be flexed on occasion and the motions I go through when deer calling, including rattling.
Last year Bob Sr. created the metal "Crab Claw Ladder-Stand" that is lightweight, very stabile (the most stabile ladder-stand I have ever used) and it can be put up very safely by one person and that certainly works for me. I used one last fall and appreciated the ability to quickly and easily take it down and move to another location when needed. I've been hinting to Bob Sr. that he needs to come up with a two-person version.
Bob Jr. also developed a hooded poncho in a wide variety a camouflage designs including snow camo, and it is a "blind" in its own right that protects the user from the elements as well as effectively breaks up the telltale human outline. I've used one for some time now for hunting deer, wild turkeys, predators, crows, and even woodchucks, and it is a favorite concealment "tool" I use during the early goose season which is fast approaching. It compactly rolls up and easily straps onto my daypack to be available whenever needed.
Lucky's Hunting Blinds is celebrating 28 years of providing dependable and locally made in Michigan outdoor products and are still going strong, and of course continually coming up with something new and very innovative. Go to www.luckyshuntingblinds.com to review their products and for more information, or call (989) 658-8686 or (989) 214-0130.
Better yet, stop in at the Lucky's Hunting Blinds facility located one mile north of Ubly on M-19. Their unique showroom says it all and you get a firsthand view of matters. That is what I do.





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   Bob Peruski Sr. and his new platform blind which has a lower profile due
to a very unique well for feet and legs.






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   Lucky's Hunting Blinds offers a hooded poncho in a variety of camouflage
designs (including snow-camo) that breaks up the human outline and offers
protection from the elements. It is a hunting blind in its own right.







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   Lucky's Hunting Blind for a two-person ladder-stand offers complete
concealment and is weather tight.








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   Lucky's Hunting Blinds offers a very stabile metal ladder-stand called the
"Crab Claw" that can be easily moved and set up by one person.

 

 

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