I used to be strictly a tree stand hunter but recently I have had some really successful hunts from a ground blind. Hunting blinds are commonly used for both deer and turkey and certainly many other types of wild game. Portable ground blinds have come a long way over the past several years. One of the best improvements was the invention of the hub system. A hub blind is easier and faster to set up by a single hunter and are extremely roomy making them ideal for bowhunters.
I recently purchased a Barronett Blind and felt like I needed to do a product review to let you know what I thought of it. Prior to buying my Barronett Snake Eyes Series blind, I was ground hunting out of a Double Bull Matrix 360 blind. In fact, I shot a P&Y buck out of it last year in SE Kansas. Even though the Matrix is discontinued now, Primos has taken the 360 window technology and incorporated it into their new Primos Dark Horse – Groundswat Blind. I was looking forward to trying out the Barronett blind but knew it had a hard act to follow.
Right out of the box I popped it up in about 10 seconds and instantly noticed the familiar hub system. After getting it staked down it appeared to be very durable and stable. I do however recommend making your own stakes. We also did this for all our blinds including the Double Bull, so it isn’t something that Barronett cheap skated on. In my opinion no blind comes with heavy duty enough stakes to hold down the fort. For some reason they all come with the same cheesy stakes I used to get with my pop up tent in the backyard when I was a kid. Anyway, we use reinforcing bar (rebar) that is used in concrete work. We cut about a foot long section and then use a torch to heat it up and bend the end over to create a stake.
The Barronett blinds come in Adrenaline or Backland West camouflage. The dimensions of their Barronett Snake Eyes 250 Hub Blind is identical to the Matrix and Dark Horse blind. It’s 67 inches tall, has 5×5 foot floor space, and 75 inches from hub to hub or shooting space. If you want even more space the model SE 350 gives you 80 inches of height, 70×70 inch footprint, and a whopping 90 inches of shooting diameter. The Barronett blinds also offer shoot through removable mesh, black interior, and water resistant material for a dry hunting experience.
The main differences are the window features. The Martix was designed with a patented Surround Sight Technology which allows window adjustments of 1-23 inches around the entire blind, but like I mentioned is no longer being manufactured. Primos has now combined this technology into it’s newer Dark Horse ground blind. It’s now a complete 180 degree field of view across the front using the silent slide straps adjustable from 1-20 inches. The back of the blind has different window options. I guess they figured out when you have 360 degrees of window you end up sacrificing some stability.
The snake eyes type blind by Barronett surprised me with an enormous amount of window options with no lack of stability. The snake eye windows fully opened are huge, I even used one as a door Dukes of Hazard style just to see if I could do it. They are completely adjustable with zippers and strapping system to minimize their size and your chances of being spotted. There is even a large triangle window in the roof of the blind. This is helpful to allow for extra air flow or to allow some extra light in to illuminate your sights during low light conditions. The shoot through netting can be completely removed if you prefer and can be stored in one of two convenient pouches on either side of the blind.
Another great feature I liked are the loops that are all around the top exterior of the blind. This allows for some easy brushing in of the blind without it falling off all the time. I stuck some pickle weeds and even corn stalks in my to help conceal it better. The blind also comes with a convenient backpack type carrying case. The entire blind packed up weighs in at 14 lbs which is 6 pounds lighter than it’s Dark Horse competitor.
In terms of price, the smaller SE 250 Barronett blind can be purchased for $179 retail which is a bargain compared to the Dark Horse that retails for $299. Even the larger Barronett Snake Eyes 350 Hub Blind is a steal at $219. I’m not saying any of the Double Bull blinds aren’t worth the money, because I love the Matrix and at the time it was $400, but for a very comparable blind, the Barronett blinds are a good buy in my opinion.
All in all, I am very impressed with my new Barronett hunting blind. I figured the Matrix 360 had me a bit spoiled but Barronett Blinds did not let me down. My final opinion is that the Barronett ground blinds are good quality and are in the same class as any of the Double Bull hub style blinds. They set up in seconds, give you plenty of window options, and offer some other nice features all for an extremely fair price.
Thanks for reading and happy ground blind hunting!