T.J. Pugh Chief Marketing Officer for Redneck Blinds
T.J., how did you first get into hunting and who influenced you?
I’ve always been passionate about deer hunting & the outdoors. I started bow hunting at the age of 13. Shot my first deer with a bow (small button buck) at age 16. …. Graduated from college with the intension of eventually working in the outdoor industry in some fashion. I worked a few various designing/marketing jobs & also did freelance until the opportunity presented itself to work here for Redneck Blinds. I hustled & worked very hard to get here, but this is no doubt my dream job.
Tell us about your most memorable hunt?
It would probably be the morning of Oct 31st, 2010…. I was lucky enough to arrow a 213” monster of a whitetail…. lately though, I find great pleasure in taking my 5 year old daughter out hunting with me. Setting in a Redneck Bale Blind, watching her soak in all the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Her reaction when we see a deer or hear a turkey gobble… those are moments I will remember for the rest of my days.
Can you tell us how you decide the best places to place your blind?
The best places to set your Redneck Blinds, would be very similar to the best places to set your tree stand. Pinch points in timber, inside corners on fields, creek crossings, staging areas, observation locations overlooking big fields or CRP…. the main thing to keep in mind when placing your Redneck, is your entry and exit strategy. If you’re spooking deer every time you go in or come out, you’re doing more harm than good. And it won’t be long before the deer leave the area altogether. Always pay attention to the wind direction, and try to use the train to your advantage when walking to & from the blind. Dried up creek beds make great entry & exit routes. It may take a little elbow grease to clear out a path before season, but in my opinion, it’s well worth the effort.
Do you place blinds with a focus on prevailing winds and sunrise/sunset?
Yes, in my opinion, this goes along with the previous question. The prevailing wind should be considered when setting up your Redneck…. Depending on the blind location, I will take into account sunsets as well, and the shadows it will throw. Our bow season starts Sept 15th here in Missouri. During early season it can be hot! From personal experiences, I have found deer prefer to move on the shaded side of open fields when the sun starts to go down over the horizon. Also, ideally you’ll have your Redneck located so the sun isn’t shinning directly into the blind and on the hunter. The darker you can keep it in the blind, the better it is for the hunter.
What are the benefits of going with an on-the-market blind vs. building your own?
Redneck Blinds is America’s leading manufacture of maintenance-free fiberglass blinds. When compared to your typical home-made blind, Redneck Blinds comes out on top in almost every category. Redneck Blinds are engineered and designed with everything a hunter needs in a high-quality hunting blind. 100% fiberglass construction from top to bottom. Seamless design with a durable marine gel coat finish keeps out the elements, dampens unwanted noise & promotes scent control. The 2” roof overhang & window drip edges help defend against the rain and elements. Large flip-up tempered automotive glass windows with whisper quiet hinges that resist freezing shut, as well as high-quality automotive gasket stripping around all windows & door. The layout and design of our blinds offer the gun and bow hunter unmatched usability and shot opportunities, along with Redneck’s comfortable and functional interior, we help the hunter maximize their hunting season.
Tips for shooting a bow out of a blind?
Our most popular blind, the Buck Palace 6X6, is hands down the best blind on the market for bow hunters. We were the first to come out with the revolutionary vertical corner window, designed with the bowhunter in mind. It has become a very popular feature, and you see it on a lot of hunting blinds now-a-days. That design allows bow hunters a full 360-degree shooting capability and helps with the downward sharp angled shots that can arise when bow hunting…. The main thing to keep in mind when bow hunting from a blind is shooting form. When taking your shot from a blind, you’re typically in a seated position. So, in your practice sessions, you need to be setting down as well.
What steps should be taken to keep you blind quiet?
Redneck Blinds are designed to be maintenance free and are among the quietest and warmest blinds available. During the off season, you might check your window hinges to make sure they are clear of gunk & debris and still operating quietly and properly. New for 2016, we now offer a custom foam floor liner, which is designed to dampen unwanted noise and improve insulation.
A lot of blinds today have windows, do you recommend those windows are kept open or closed?
Personal, I try to keep the windows closed until the shot. Our windows have whisper quiet hinges, so noise isn’t a factor. And with the windows closed on our blinds, scent containment is almost 100%. If it’s winter time and 15 degrees outside, you’ll definitely be hunting with the windows closed & a heater going! The only issue you might have with keeping your windows closed until the moment of truth is the movement required to open the window. If a deer is within bow range, obviously you want to make the least amount of movement as possible. That’s where our window lift assists come into play. You simply pull on a string & the window opens…. so when it comes down to it, if given the choice, I keep the windows closed.