We’ve talked before about how effective a ground blind can be for hunting. If you have never hunted from a ground blind, you don’t know what you’re missing. These days we set about as many ground blinds as we do tree stands. We get them out early, brush them in, and hunt them when the conditions are right.
Ground blinds are excellent for youth hunts, for hunting in the rain or snow (better than sitting at home on the couch), and for areas where we can’t get a tree stand. Besides deer hunting, we also use them a lot for turkey hunting. You can pop them up anywhere and turkeys don’t seem to mind.
We have used, tested, and done a review on the Barronett Snake Eyes Series blinds in the past, so this year we were excited about the new Snake Eyes Venom series. This is a 5-hub style ground blind that has no loose poles to mess with and pops up in seconds. I knew that Barronett was going to make some changes to improve an already excellent ground blind and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one for testing and reviewing.
Probably the biggest notable change to the Snake Eyes Venom ground blinds is that they come in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camouflage. The definition of the camo pattern definitely helps the ground blind blend into it’s surroundings. Although in the future I would like the blinds to be available in multiple camo patterns, I will say that you can’t really go wrong with the Break-Up Infinity camo.
Fabric and Stitching
Another big time change is the quality of the fabric . This year they went with a heavier canvas type fabric and also improved the stitching. Although the blind is now 12 lbs heavier weighing in at 29 lbs, it is now a lot quieter and more waterproof than before which is a huge plus.
The 6-panel windows open horizontally, vertically, or both ways giving you unlimited options. The windows dip down giving it that “snake eyes” look and allowing the shooter to take seated shots.
The windows come with zippered 3-panel shoot through mesh that is removable depending on your preference. They kept the zippered roof allowing for more room, shooting options, and air circulation.
As an added benefit, they attached interior hooks to hold up the windows that you want opened. This small but needed improvement makes it so much easier and quicker to open a window and keep it open.
I can’t express my excitement enough about the amount of loops they added to the exterior of the blind for brushing purposes.
There are brush holders that run vertically on each corner, horizontally above the windows, under the windows, continuously all around the outer edge of the roof, and up further in the middle of the roof. In total, I counted 180 brush holders!
We brushed in our first one not using even half of the loops and you can barely see the ground blind at all! Not only is this important to conceal it from deer, but in my opinion concealing it from dirt bags that like to steal things is almost priceless – or at least worth the cost of the blind.
The largest blind is the Snake Eyes Venom 375. This is the replacement for last year’s Snake Eyes 350. The set up size is still 90″ x 90″ which has a huge 3.5 person capacity – great for a hunter and a cameraman. The footprint is 62″ x 62″ which is actually 8″ smaller than last year so it doesn’t take up as much ground space when set up but still offers the same roominess. They did increase the overall height from 80″ to 84″ giving you even more head room than before.
The smaller Snake Eyes Venom 250 has a set up size of 75″ x 75″, a footprint that measures 59″ x 59″, and a height of 67″. It weighs 25 lbs and has a 2.5 person capacity.
Price and Final Thoughts
The new Snake Eyes Venom 375 ground blind currently retails at $299.99 and the smaller 250 Venom ground blind retails for $249.99.
I realize that price may be a concern and that we happen to test the more expensive models, but Barronett does offer ground blinds for every budget. They have the Big Mike Hunting Blind that currently retails for $149.99, the Wind Storm that is only $89.99, and the Grounder Series blinds that range from $99.99 to $159.99 so there are other options.
I am a huge Barronett Blinds fan and no I don’t get free products or get paid to say that, it’s the honest truth. I still tree stand hunt, but over the past couple of years I have seen the advantages of adding ground blinds to my hunting arsenal. It just gives you more options and range of hunting ground and to me that can be the difference between eating a tag sandwich or having a successful hunting season.
Drop a comment and tell us what features you like best about the new Snake Eyes Venom Series or any of the other Barronett blinds.