Blind ownership is a great privilege but also a big responsibility. By building a blind you are signing on to not only build a worthy structure but also to maintain that blind all season long. The regulations require that blinds be a maximum size of 6x12x6, have 4 walls, a roof and permanent seating inside. This structure must also be built to withstand the beating that can be dished out by our mighty Lake Erie. Many of the blinds will require stilts, most all require a boat of some sort to set decoys and retrieve birds. Poorly built blinds that are not maintained and repaired when damaged or knocked over will risk losing their permits and their blinds. The club and park will not tolerate blinds being unusable eye sores that the owner neglects to repair or upright in a timely fashion. Keep this in mind if you are traveling from a distance and selecting a blind. Saying “I live on the other side of Pittsburgh” is not an acceptable excuse to not reset a blind in a timely manner and could result in the loss of your permit and blind.
Several blind spots have become very difficult to build due to high water. This has resulted in the following changes to a few blind locations.
Blind 72 and 73
Both are in the reeds in the head of the bay. This was once shallow water you can stand in but now reaches depths of 12 feet on some days. These blinds will have two posts driven in at each blind site. There will be no permanent structures built there. These will be for boat and boat blind hunting only. They will still be available to be selected by a blind owner and have their name and co-owner as the priority user. The boats will have to attach both the front and back of their boats to each post by a rope of 6’ or less. This will keep the boats in the correct location and pointed in the correct shooting direction.
Blinds 64, 65, 66
Stink-hole reed blinds. With the high water, that short spit of reeds have all but disappeared taking with it some of best blinds spots. We will place water stakes on blind 65 spot to be used as a boat blind as described above with blind 72 and 73. Blinds 64 and 66 will temporarily be suspended from use during the high water cycles recedes once again. Again this will be a selectable spot by a blind drawing winner.
The blinds along this stretch have taken quite a beating the past two years with the high water levels. Waves sweep directly across the road and take anything in its path with it during storms. The park has had concerns with this and its immediate proximity to the multipurpose trail. Other park users do not want to have to navigate around blind structures knocked over on the multipurpose trail and it is not fair to add any of that responsibility to the park maintenance crews. Blind 30 is the handicap blind and is anchored to a cement pad so no changes will be required of it. Blinds 29, 31, 32 will now be built and maintained by the duck club. This will help guarantee that they are built sturdy and more importantly maintained and reset when storm damage occur. These will not be available for selection during the blind draw. Instead that strip of 4 blinds will always be open to the public on a first come basis. We found this to be a unique compromise with the park that would not result in losing those spots and give added access to hunters not selected in the draw. Don’t be surprised if you see a facebook post for volunteers to help reset one of these after a storm. We all know too well that resetting can require more than one or two people, and these spots will always be open for all to use.
That is all we have for now any new changes beyond these will go directly on the website and Facebook change. Hopefully no more will be required.