Layout Blinds – Close Up

Whatever the Season the Sillosocks Backpack Layout Blind is the ideal option for open fields that don’t offer any other type of cover, where a traditional hide is not an option or to get out to where birds are feeding out of range.  They are lightweight and portable, just like the Sillosocks Range of Decoys available from UKShootwarehouse, which means you’re not weighed down with lots of kit.  With a Layout Blind you are not limited to any one species Geese, Pigeons, Corvids and Ducks can all be successfully decoyed and shot from the blind. Put yourself in the middle of the pattern if you like!

Shooting from a layout blind can be challenging but it’s not difficult if you follow our simple steps here. Your range of motion is be limited by the horizontal shooting position you are in, positioning the blind correctly will help.  Some tips that will help you to shoot well from your layout blind are highlighted here.

Practice from the blind

How many times do you actually shoot from a sitting position? Chances are, not too often. You can vastly improve your shooting from a layout by practising on clays (MTM Clay Throwers are ideal).   It doesn’t take many for you to get the hang of it.  It also reinforces shooting safely from the blind, especially when there are more than two in your group.
Wear the clothes you would on a cold day to give you an idea of how the added layers will also affect your shooting.

Positioning your Blind

When you are sitting, your range of motion will be reduced. If you are a right-handed shooter, it will be more difficult to turn to the right, and the opposite for left-handed shooters.  You should position your blinds in a manner that will help to maximise the shots that are taken on the side that offers the largest range of motion.

This means sighting the blind at 45 degrees to the decoy pattern, right for right handed shooters and the opposite for lefties!


If you are a large framed, you might find it rather difficult to sit completely upright when you need to make a shot.   A simple fix for this is to dig a hole that is four to six inches deep where your rear end will be.  Do this prior to final camouflage on the blind.   This will let you be in an upright position right away and may even help those who have back mobility issues.  Bend your leg, you can increase the range of motion you have when you pull up your leg on the side of your body (almost right under your opposite knee) from where you will shoot.  This helps to create a much more stable shooting position.


Take a look at the blind and think about how you will add camouflage to it in the field. The best materials to use are natural grasses, stubbles, nettles etc but only if they are present in the area your blind is positioned. You can use a cut down Cam Net in areas where natural cover is not available or one that better matches your surroundings.  Even though you are covered by the blind your head, face and hands need to be covered to avoid detection as you would when shooting from a hide position.  Don’t leave kit, cartridge boxes or other gear laying around outside the blind, the backrest is an ideal storage area for this stuff.  The cover is rectangular and the straight edges need to be broken up with camouflage as much as possible.

Tip: On windy days peg the bottom corners and sides down to avoid the cover flying up and spooking birds.

Shooting from a Blind

When you are happy that you have sighted your decoys and blind(s) make sure that you are safe to shoot in the direction most likely that birds will arrive from, the ‘into the wind’ rule is not always followed by Pigeons.  Check that you can mark all shot birds from your sitting position. Ensure that you do not shoot over anyone else in your group. You should be shooting in an arc from 10 to 3. If necessary only have one person shooting at a time.  Only disengage your safety catch once you have mounted the gun and are ready to shoot.  Do all reloading outside of the blind whilst sitting up, apply safety and stow the gun ready for the next opportunity.  All other rules for safe shooting should be applied as you would anywhere else.


If you take your Dog never put them in the blind with you under any circumstances.

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Chris Phillips

Chris, an experienced shooter, has an eye for the amusing details of the life outdoors and freely admits he still has plenty to learn (but also plenty to offer). Chris is a staff member.

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