Fabrics Perfect for Hunting Blinds

Perfect Hunting Blind Fabric

When you can’t find the right blind for your hunting needs you need to create your own. Depending on how sophisticated your blind design is you may only need quality fabric and a few stakes. A lot of people like to use burlap and that’s all well and good if you can deal with these burlap drawbacks. We recommend using 500D Cordura Nylon or 600D Poly Oxford. If you are in search of the perfect hunting blind fabric you have come to the right place.

Burlap is a Bad Choice for Hunting Blinds

  1. Burlap stinks
    From the start burlap smells musty. After exposing the fabric to the outdoors the smell gets more pungent and produces mildew.
  2. Burlap is hard to clean
    You can’t just throw burlap into the washing machine and expect to get the same fabric back. Burlap thrown into a washing machine has the potential to distort severely. It can be cleaned and the odor might be able to be removed with “gentle” care. But as a hunter.. Who has time for that?
  3. Burlap doesn’t print well
    Burlap is a very coarse, organic fabric. With the rough, inconsistent texture getting a quality camo pattern print is next to impossible. When purchasing my favorite pattern on fabric I like to see vibrant colors that are consistent with the rest of my hunting gear.
  4. Burlap deteriorates and decomposes
    Since burlap is organic it will start to decompose and deteriorate once exposed to the elements. This will cause the fabric to stink, fall apart and lose print details
  5. Burlap is not a waterproof or water resistant fabric
    This is a no-brainer. Burlap is a loosely woven fabric which in no way can repel water.

If you are like me and have experienced any of these burlap shortcomings you will know that what I speak is true. Luckily there is a better, longer lasting hunting blind fabric available that is easy to clean and water resistant.

Recommended Fabrics for Hunting Blinds

500D Cordura Nylon

A durable fabric with high abrasion resistance, 500D Cordura Nylon is perfect for outdoor usage and hunting gear items.  This fabric uses textured nylon 6,6 yarns for a rugged feel and comes with a 2 pass polyurethane coating making it water repellent.  This fabric is perfect for hunting blinds and can also be used for gear bags, backpacks, seat covers and much more.  Basically, if you want a fabric that will perform well, can be used and abused, then this is the fabric you want.

600D Poly Oxford

This is a more economical alternative to the 500D Cordura Nylon. This fabric has a smoother finish and is another fabric made for the great outdoors. It has a polyurethane coating and water repellent finish, making it weather-resistant and easy to clean. This fabric is a great hunting blind fabric and is also suitable for bags, backpacks, seat covers, gun cases and more.

19 thoughts on “Fabrics Perfect for Hunting Blinds

  1. Is it stronger than burlap I’m gonna use it to cover a boat on the marsh for duck hunting thanks which would b better for that use ? 500d nylon or 600 d poly

    1. Yes. 500D or 600D are going to be a lot stronger than burlap. Here is a video of a guy building his duck blind with 500D. This will give you an idea of what type of fabric it is. https://youtu.be/lKJNSVaC0gQ?t=173 .. 500D and 600D are similar. 500D is a little stronger than the 600D.

      1. It’s 60 inches wide right ?and I’ll need 6 yards to make it 18 foot ? Does it come white on outside edges I don’t want any white on it for ducks to see

        1. All of the fabric we sell will come with a selvedge (approx. ½”) on either side, which is usually cut off during the manufacturing process. Sometimes this is printed over and sometimes it’s left white. This is really on a case-by-case & lot-by-lot basis, so it’s hard to guarantee you will not have an unprinted selvedge.

          The easiest way to remedy is to fold the selvedge under (if sewing) or to cut it off. Because the goods have a PU coating on them, the remaining fabric will still hold together well and won’t unravel, even if you cut the selvedge off.

          In my own experience, 500D nylon will more often have a printed selvedge than 600D poly. 600D poly usually has a white edge.

  2. I am looking for something 6 ft tall an 100 ft long i’m building a fence,but can’t put in fence posts to rocky will hang from tree’s can’t use snow fence hole’s are to large people can look through them,hope you can help me out thank you

    1. Hi Jack,

      I”m not 100% sure what you are looking for, based on your email. Can you give me some more explanation?

      Most of our fabric is 60″ (5ft) wide. The 100 ft of continuous length is not a problem. I carry a few fabrics that are 67″, but these are mostly cotton duck. If you are looking to build a fabric fence (curtain style is the best way to put this, I guess) then you want a 100% synthetic, like 500D Cordura nylon, 600D polyester (heavyweights) or 70D nylon ripstop (lightweight). All of these have a water repellent treatment and PU coating on the back.

      Please advise if I am off base here. If I’m correct about your project, just type these descriptions into the search bar and it will give you a list of pattern options for each one.

      Thanks and wishing you good luck on this!
      Bryan

  3. Can i get this price any cheaper? This is for one of my school projects .

    1. Hi Alex,

      I can offer you a 10% off coupon code. Just type in cfd10off and it will take it off your total.

      Thanks for checking with us!
      Bryan

  4. I’m looking for a netting type fabric that has a camouflage print. Using as a ground blind that will interrupt outlines, but allow Hunter to see through. About 5 yards should do.

    1. Hi Ted. We offer two types of meshes – bug mesh and concealment mesh. Bug mesh is very fine screening and very lightweight. The concealment mesh is a heavy mesh that stays in place. It has larger holes. Both would interrupt the shapes of the person inside and both offer vision from inside the blind (if you are close enough to the material). But, being mesh fabric, neither would completely conceal movement from inside. In a perfect world, it would be best to use a fabric that completely conceals you (https://camofabricdepot.com/shop/600d-poly-shadowblock-mossy-oak-break-up-country-60/) and use the mesh for look out windows.

      If you’d rather do the entire blind in mesh, I’d recommend the concealment mesh. The bug mesh is too light for this. We offer concealment mesh in a variety of patterns. Just type “concealment” in the search bar at the top.

      Good luck!

  5. What’s the big difference between 500D Cordura Nylon and 600D Poly Oxford? I used to build duck blind out of wood but I want something lighter and more portable. PVC pipes and a fabric seem the logical choice. The blind will stay outdoor for all the season and must be somewhat water proof. Does poly oxford could do the job?

    1. Hi Marc. Thanks for checking in with us!

      Yes, poly oxford could do the job and do it well. The Cordura is a stronger fabric and should be your choice if you expect to constantly tear down and rebuild your blind frequently or subject it to lots of abuse. But the poly oxford is strong enough to put up with most normal everyday wear. It’s the typical choice of fabric for backpacks and camping chairs, so it’s designed to stand up to wear and tear. The 500D Cordura does have one extra layer of PU coating, so it will add some to it’s heftiness and add to it’s water-resistant properties. Both fabrics are considered weather and water-resistant though.

      One other point worth noting – the polyester is transfer printed and the nylon is pigment printed. The transfer print looks much sharper and crisper than pigment, but it does not do as well with UV fading. So, the colors in the polyester will fade sooner than the nylon. It’s an accepted trait in the camouflage world and the trade off for how sharp and detailed the image quality turns out.

      Hope this helps with your questions! Let me know if I can answer anything else. Bryan

  6. Are these fabrics printed only on one side? If so, what color is the backside?

    1. Hi Eric – yes, they are all printed on one side. The backside coloration depends on what type of fabric and also on what pattern. They will all be some variation of very light gray, beige or white. The only exception is we provide one 600D polyester fabric (Mossy Oak Country) with a black PU backing.

      Some fabrics (like the twills, jersey, nylons, fleece, etc) will also have a little bleed-thru. The print shows up some on the back side of the fabric. This is typically very light though – with the exception of the fleece.

      Hope this helps! If you have a question on a specific fabric, let me know.

      Tks!

  7. […] Burlap is awful in comparison. These fabrics are perfect for hunting blinds. […]

  8. Are any of these materials impermeable to light? I’m trying to make a compact blind that will not allow light to pass through, so that I’m not silhouetted when the sun is behind me. When I have searched for black-out fabric for blinds, all that I have found are home decoration websites!
    Not what I’m looking for! I have hunting blinds with this type of fabric. They usually have a black coating on the inside.

    Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Yes, we do make fabric like this. We refer to the black back coating as “Shadowblock” and we offer it in polyester hunting blind fabric in Mossy Oak Country and Break-Up. Here is a link to the product page for these two items. https://camofabricdepot.com/?s=shadowblock&post_type=product

  9. Which direction do the prints run? Is it 60″ from top to bottom, or does the print run down the length of the fabric. I am building a duck blind and need to know how to order the fabric. I don’t want sideways grass.

    1. Hi – that’s an important question and thanks for asking. The fabric is 60″ wide. The print runs the LENGTH of the fabric. Meaning, to make a blind without the grass (or trees, limbs, etc) running sideways, you would have to cut panels to size and affix them.

      The grass patterns are a little more uni-directional than the big game camo prints and I have seen people use the 60″ width as the height and “wrap” it around lengthwise. It looks ok but the best way to do it is to cut panels. Hope this helps!

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