Sunday, December 06, 2009

Final Approach Eliminator Cargo Blind

© By Othmar Vohringer

I’ll admit it. When I hunt I like comfort. Especially when I hunt ducks and geese, which involves hours of sitting motionless in often wet and cold weather conditions. One aspect of hunting waterfowl that I never liked much is sitting in cold, wet, dug-out blinds.

With that in mind I looked forward to field-testing the new Final Approach Eliminator Cargo Blind. When the package arrived the first thing that surprised me was the relatively small size of an object large enough to comfortably accommodate a grown person. At the same time I was worried that I would have to do a lot of assembly work.

I didn’t need to worry on that score. The Eliminator Cargo Blind assembles without any tools. For the most part you just stick together a pre-assembled frame and push a few bolts. I managed to assemble the whole blind in less than three minutes without reading the supplied manual. Yes it was that easy.

As for the word “cargo” in the name of the blind: the designers came up with an ingenious idea.
Once the blind is assembled you can attach the supplied wheels by simply pushing them into the their respective places within the mainframe and presto! The blind turns into a cargo cart. As any goose hunter knows, we have an awful lot of equipment to drag along on a hunt. All this equipment often has to be hauled over long distances to the hunting destination. With the Eliminator Cargo Blind turned into a cargo cart I was able to load and transport all my equipment plus that of my two hunting partners with ease. Don’t you love it if a product is multi-functional? I do!

But would the blind stand up to my expectations of comfort and practicality in a real hunting situation? Three days after I received the blind I had the opportunity to field-test it in near perfect waterfowl hunting weather. The first frost was on the ground and a cold blustery north wind forced the birds off of the water and onto the fields. In the predawn we set the decoys out and my two hunting partners set up in the reeds next to the alfalfa field while I snuck into Final Approach Eliminator Cargo Blind.

Right away I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable the suspended hammock is to lay down on. The padded headrest and insulated floor are an added bonus and so is the padded gun rest. The spring-loaded lids cover the hunter completely from view and open fast for shooting. The head part of the lids is covered with camouflaged see-through netting. Three hours into the hunt my partners started to feel the biting cold while I was cozy and warm in my blind. Another hour later my partners were ready to call it a day. It was just too cold. I would have called it quits too but thanks to the comfort of my new blind I was able to stay until the afternoon. Many hunters are driven out of their blinds and quit hunting because they get cold and with that they miss opportunities. It’s a fact of hunting that those who can stay longer are more likely to shoot more birds. The Eliminator Cargo Blind let me stay longer in the field on that cold windy day because it kept me warm and comfortable.

Mobility is the key to goose hunting success, especially in the later part of the season. The Final Approach Eliminator Cargo Blind passes this test with flying colours. The fact that the blind is waterproof, comfortable and easy to assemble/disassemble and store make it one of the best investments a waterfowl hunter can make.

Product Specs:
Frame: Lightweight aluminium
Blind Material: 600D poly fabric with waterproof PVC backing, with padded floor and stubble straps (loops) added all around the blind for additional concealment. Includes padded head and gun rest.
Available Colours: Advantage ® MAX-4 HD™, Mossy Oak Duck Blind ®, Field Brown
Blind Measurements:
Folded up: 36” x 26”
Assembled: 36” Wide, 7.2 ft Long
Blind Weight: 16 lbs.

For more information on the Final Approach Eliminator Cargo Blind or to find a dealer visit FA Brand.

Images: Top image courtesy of FA Brand, all other images are by Othmar Vohringer Stock Photography

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2 comments:

NorCal Cazadora said...

That sounds pretty cool! I usually hunt in the water, but I'm doing my first dry-land hunt this Friday. If I get into the habit of doing this, that blind might do the trick. How much does one cost?

Othmar Vohringer said...

It's a great blind. I haven't tried it out on ducks yet but will as soon as I get out to my favourite duck marsh.

I have seen the blind advertised starting at $255 and up to $300.

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