ORIGINAL: deja vu
I`m not telling anyone what they should do......but you guys really don`t see tent hunting being huge advantage????
Come on guys..... just admit it.... you can about do jumping jacks inside them and not spook a bird... try it out in the open..move one finger an inch to click off safe... there are mosquito buzzing you incesently (don`t even think of moving) just let them drill you and don`t flinch...at the last second cheek your gun...your a$$ is burning from lack of movement or an odd stick/root/rock and you think you will die if you don`t wiggle a little right now! These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you can`t do in the open, but certainly can get away with in the tent.
Actually, I'd be the first to state exactly the contrary. No, it's not a huge advantage. If you take away all your provisos and concentrate on able-bodied adults hunting turkeys with the normal sort of shotgun, there are some huge disadvantages.
The biggest one is visibility. This is the standard conundrum of blind hunting: if you blind yourself in so well that you cannot be seen, then chances are you will have a hard time seeing the game. You cannot have all four sides open, otherwise the blind becomes useless. Therefore you pick the most likely spot you will be able to hunt and keep that side open. You're pretty much blind on all the rest, or you're peaking out through small gaps. It's like hunting from inside a sewer pipe.
The other one is the weight/bulk of the blind. Mine has backpack straps, but the dang thing is a 2'-something circle when it's packed up. It also weighs more than anything else I would be carrying. Unless you pre-position it, it is a nightmare to transport through the woods.
The third disadvantage is mobility. There is no way you're going to execute a smart little end-around maneuver and cut off the flock with this thing. Mine takes a few minutes to strike and set. All this time, you're standing and moving.
[ul][*]No, it does not help with mosquitoes.[*]It's sweltering in there, unless you keep all the windows open. One other use I have for it is when I'm deer hunting in extreme cold. It keeps the wind off you and concentrates your body heat. In Spring, it's a hotbox.
[*]Mine is not waterproof. It drips. When I go out in the rain, I carry an extra tarp.
[*]In a wind you also have to stake it down, or else it will go tumbling.[*]It is usually not just the blind you're carrying, but also a chair Mine has the windows set high enough that you need to be seated on a chair or stool in order to see out unless the window is fully open.
[/ul]This is why, after the kids got of an age, the blind went to the back of the closet and did not come out for several years, except when I wanted to hunt in hard rain. #3 son had me bring it out last Fall. He was looking at the possibility of taking it out alone to sit and scout deer after he tagged out. Our joint assessment-- to much trouble for too little benefit.
As a guy who disagrees with you on the principle, take it from a fellow who has no moral compunctions about hiding in a tent: it generally ain't worth the hassle. I've carried a 4X6' piece of die-cut camo for 26 seasons, and used it when I needed to-- it's much lighter, much easier to deploy, and much, much easier to hunt from.