The idea to build a tower blind
came to me during the 2002 deer season. At that time I was working at a modular
home plant as a design engineer. I was working 40 to 50 hrs a week, raising a
family and trying to get as much hunting in as possible. Not easy when at the
time, my boys were 6, 5 and 1 and my wife worked full time also. The two older
boys would always want to go hunting and I didn't like hunting from the ground.
So as I hunted that season, I did some scouting and planning on where to place a
tower and how I was going to build it.
As time went by, I had the extra time to design my first tower blind. I worked
on the design of tower first, since it is the foundation of the blind and I
wanted it to be strong enough to withstand the weight of the blind and those
hunting from it. More important, I wanted the tower to be safe, not just for
myself but also for anyone else that used it. I have since stuck with the same
design for all the towers.
What came next was the first blind design. A 4ft
box with oversize windows. It was too small and cramped when I had one of the
boys with me. I could only shoot out the front window with my bow and even then I
had very little clearance to draw it back. Hunting with a gun was not much
better. I still ended up taking a couple of deer hunting from it. I learned a lot
that season hunting from it and kept notes on what worked and what didn't. The
following year, I dismantled it and moved the tower back 50 yards and came up
with the Outhouse design.
From what started as a way to take my boys and my passion for deer hunting
turned into Greenleaf Designs.