Blind 3 at Ridgefield sits in a grove of trees on small pond close to the auto tour route on the north side of the refuge. It’s a box blind on stilts that will seat three hunters.
I’ve hunted this blind a couple of times since 2018, both earlier in the season when it tends to perform a little better. One was a good hunt and in the other we got skunked.
Its location off to the side of a large body of water (by refuge standards) means you’ll need to work at attracting ducks to it. Movement in your spread supplied by a jerk rig or wind duck works well here. You may get some passing shots at ducks, especially at those that don’t want to commit to landing.
I like that the blind has a lot of natural cover. But the biggest challenge with this blind are the submerged grass clumps. When setting decoys and retrieving beware. You can rise or drop 2 feet in one step so beware if you have mobility challenges.
You probably won’t get much, since any low flyovers will get blasted by nearby blinds.
Type: box, 3-person
Pros: Great cover; relatively short walk
Cons: Does not produce consistent numbers, but can be productive. Lots of submerged trip hazards.