Do It Yourself – Shooting House

For those unfamiliar with the term a shooting house is basically an enclosed deer stand,  or blind.
Usually it is not much more than four pieces of plywood assembled together with a door and openings for you to stick your rifle through in order to shoot.

Now some folks build them fancy and some folks build them plain.
I’m going to show you how to build the one I built that looked so good that it never saw the woods with me.
Truth is I was hauling it out to the woods and stopped for fuel and a man made me an offer I couldn’t refuse on it.
Of course I regretted selling it, because deer season started a week later and I never got a chance to build another one.

Okay lets build that shooting house.

To start with you will need five sheets of pressure treated plywood or 5 sheets of wafer board. Some black paint, 7 eight foot 2x4s and some camouflage blind material. I used the Mossy Oak Breakup pattern.

First thing I did was cut the four pieces of the plywood 6 feet long. You can leave it eight feet if you want to but I wanted it shorter so that it wouldn’t be so noticable and I wouldn’t have to trim as many tree limbs. Besides I wasn’t going to be standing up in it.

I then cut four of the 2x4s to the same length and attached them two two sheets of plywood 1 on each edge.
Then I attached the other sheets of plywood.
I then cut out a door. This was a small opening roughly five feet tall and two feet wide.  Wide enough  that I could ease in and out without making a lot of noise.
Once the door was in place I put my seat in place and swivel it around so that I could see where I needed to cut out the windows in order to have a full range of view. The window slots on mine were roughly 1 foot high.
I then braced the area over the door with a piece of 2×8. What you can also do is leave one section of plywood off thereby leaving one side open, but I preferred mine closed to help keep the wind out. 
I then attached 2x4s around the inside of the top in order to attach the roof to the shooting house.
The roof was the other section of plywood. Four foot wide and five foot long, that allowed for a little hangover in the front and back.
Once it was assembled to my liking I painted the inside and the outside black. Using a flat black exterior paint.
I then put the camou blind material around the outside, over the doors and over the windows, so that I could see through it.
I attached the blind material with staples, stapling it every foot. 
This project took about a day to do and looked pretty good when finished.
If you don’t attack the camouflage so that it laps over onto other sheets you can take it apart and have five panels to reassemble when you get it out to the woods.
Then just reassemble it put a chair in and your ready to go.

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