Hi-Rise deer blinds: anchors or elevators for stability against wind?


For you guys that put your deer blind/deer shooting houses up high, how do you prevent high winds from blowing your deer blind over?

I plan to upgrade my"Taj Mahal" this summer from an elevated soft side pop up blind to an even higher hard sided blind. I plan to elevate it with my tractor and forks to about 10'-12'. The blind will be at the bottom of my hill and will be subjected to high winds during storms etc. So I need to plan on ensuring it doesn't blow over.

Hunting "elevators" are those steel framing brackets you can get from HD et al. Here is the manufacturers web site: http://www.elevatorsllc.com/4-x-4-compound-elevators/



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So are the compound elevators enough to resist blowing over under high winds or do I need to add anchors?

If so, what anchors are you guys using and recommend?

I have several boxes 12' high and one 16' high. I anchored them with two-foot lengths of quarter-inch thick 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" angle iron. Drill a 1/4" hole about three inches from one end of the angle. On each leg, place the iron tight against the leg with the hole at the top. Drive the angle into the soil until the hole is about 6" above the soil surface. With a 1/4" bit drill through the hole in the angle and completely through the leg, and secure them together with a galvanized bolt and nut. My stands have survived some pretty wicked storms, including a hurricane.
They need anchored. You can buy earth anchors like they use for mobile homes, they work well.
Drill a hole through each of your 2x6 frame boards about a inch or so from the bottom then go to harbor freight and get 50 or 100 ft of cable and make a "Y". Run through what appears to be 4 boards, run to screw anchor in the center and connect with 2 cable clamps. Once you get the anchor far enough in the ground, run wire through and make a few more turns on the anchor to get wire tight.
We can expect most stands to see 70 MPH winds occasionally. Three of the screw in anchors are put into a dug hole that holds 600 pounds of ready mix cement and about an equal amount of rocks. Three separate cables one each are attached to the screw in anchors. The cables are re-tightened as needed.The Redneck blinds also come with a disc on each leg, A twenty-four or thirty inch rebar goes thru a hole in the disc and is pounded at an angle all the way in.
I tried the T post idea and mine was only 6ft high and it blew over pulling post.What I ended up doing was setting a 5x6 post "because this is what I had" and I set one on north side and one on the south side,they were set in sandcrete and bolted to the blind.This takes the wobble out so it can't get any movement to tip.There have been several post on issues when lifting blinds with elevators.I didnt have an issue as long as I pick up without putting pressure on bottom 2 legs