Building a duck blind on freshwater lakes and ponds, one of the most important things to remember is that there should be a harmony between the color of the material used and the surrounding growth. In other words, a big green blind in a bed of yellowish green or a light straw colored one along a dark shoreline just doesn’t cut it.
Also remember that blinds for the season’s shooting should be built before the northern birds head south, so that when they come, they’ll think they’re natural growth and not seem man made. This is possible to do on private lakes and ponds, but if a party is on a vacation trip to a sparsely populated area, then other arrangements will probably need to be made. Under conditions like this, it’s best to purchase a portable blind. If the pond is small, a box 30″ by 25″ and 2′ to 2 1/2′ deep on the bank will do just fine.
Should the body of water be large and the ducks like Canvas, Redhead, and Bluebill are skittish about coming close in shore, a blind sunken in some cove or off of a long point is best. It can be set anywhere, but better off that point seems the best location, because there is nearly always a fringe of rushes sticking out from a point well into clear water where the few weeds are that can mask the box and you can escape being seen from the air.