Tanglefree Panel Blind Review & Tips

The Tanglefree Panel Blind is one of the most revolutionary waterfowl concealment systems to market in over a decade. Designed to offer extreme coverage and yet easy to set up. When hunting fields or close to ponds and rivers having the proper hide for goose or duck hunting is extremely important. However, so is having comfort and thanks to the Tanglefree Panel Blind, you won’t have to hunt from the ground anymore.

Tanglefree Panel Blind

Tanglefree Panel Blind Demo & Setup

Before we get into the details of the Tanglefree Panel Blind, we have to show you this thing in action. It’s too exciting, you have to see it before we get into the specs. Check out the latest demo and set up video done by none other than Shawn Stahl. Shawn demonstrates how to set up the blind, and details on how many people can hunt from it. He even shows how they have been able to successfully harvest geese in some tough cover locations.

Different Kinds of Waterfowl Blinds –

Layout Blind –

The construction of the layout blind is designed to keep hunters as low as the surface they are hunting from. For example, if you are hunting beans, corn, or grass you can simply blend into the surroundings while staying low profile. The layout blind was ideal because of its lightweight design and easy to hide. Plus the blind provides hunters with the necessary concealment to fool birds.

The drawbacks are that the blinds don’t offer a very roomy or comfy feel. Plus on top of that, you have to lay on the ground, and most people if never hunted from one tend to be pretty inaccurate.

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A-Frame Blinds –

The A-Frame blind was designed to conceal multiple hunters and make them look like a bush or hedge inside a field or tree line. Now low profile is not the idea here, but rather to look natural. This is why multiple hunters using A-Frames, tend to conceal their blinds with brush and heavy vegetation. The main benefit of an A-Frame is that it allows hunters to hunt while seated and offers ample amount of room. Most blinds that are movable tend to hold 3-4 hunters.

The drawbacks with an A-Frame is usually they can take a little more time to assemble than a layout blind. They also can be heavy to move or relocate if all brushed in. As a result, they aren’t very movable once set up.

Panel Blinds –

A panel blind is kind of the best of both worlds. It gives waterfowl hunters the ability to easily move the blind if needed. At the same time, it provides hunters with comfort room and a seated position. Plus it allows waterfowl hunters to shoot from a standing position, a much more stable and accurate position than laying down.

Tanglefree Panel Blind Details –

Tanglefree Panel BlindThe first thing you’ll notice when looking at the panel blind is that it’s offered in two GORE OPTIFADE patterns both Marsh and Timber. If you’re unfamiliar with Optifade, the pattern is designed to emulate how geese, ducks, and waterfowl see. Therefore, instead of making a pattern that looks like grass or timber. Optifade is designed to make a hunter appear like nothing to a passing duck or goose. It has become one of the most sought-after patterns because of its recent technological advancement. Therefore, depending on what type of environments you hunt. The two patterns allow you to select a Marsh or Timber pattern.

The second thing you’ll notice is that the panel blind isn’t a layout blind or an A-frame. It’s a concealment in its own category. However, it’s built off of very common materials found in either of these blinds. The frame construction that gives the panels their support is made of lightweight aluminum round bars. Inside the box, you will have assembled these. However, after installed they don’t have to be disassembled.

Aside from the interior construction is the rugged outer 600D Polyester canvas that comes in Timber & Marsh patterns. The canvas is designed to conceal, block wind, and provide places for stubble. Every few inches you’ll notice Tanglefree stubble straps that allow you to brush the blind in with the natural environment. You’ll find on the table, the exact size details and specs of the Tanglefree Panel Blind.

Frame Material -Aluminum
Waterfowl Pattern -Optifade Marsh
Optifade Timber
Hunters Concealed -4
Weight -16.5 lbs (19 lbs with support poles and stakes)
Size Flat -130" L Top - 160" Bottom x 50.5" H
Size (2 Side Panels) -16-31" L x 45 - 49.5"
Size (3 Front Panels) -33" L x 50.5" H
Size (3 Panels Combined) -99" L x 50.5" H
Size (Folded) -33" L x 4.5" W x 50.5" H

Tanglefree Panel Blind Construction & Design –


Concealment –

Tanglefree Panel blind

Unlike a layout blind or an A-frame, the Tanglefree panel blind offers a range of set-up configurations unlike anything on the market. The panel blind offers the versatility needed to conceal hunters in numerous settings. Due to the construction of the panel blind, it offers the comfort of concealing 4 hunters. In the event, you have the ability to hunt against river banks, woodline, or standing corn fields, you can easily hunt 6-8 hunters. The only difference is the blind would be set up to conceal 180° versus 360°. If you can afford to bring two panels, the blind can easily conceal 8 hunters 360°.

Tanglefree has thought of everything with their panel blind. You’ll notice cutouts on the main panels of the blind. These are designed as viewing windows allowing hunters to spot oncoming birds without been seen. They also allow for hunters to hunt in a seated position. As a result, no need to be laying down on the cold ground anymore.


Transportation –

Tanglefree Panel BlindIf you’ve ever pulled out a layout blind or even an A Frame they may not be too heavy. However, when it comes to storing them or carrying an A Frame, it takes a few hunters. Not with the Tanglefree Panel Blind, it’s designed to fold up similar to a piece of paper. As a result, one person can carry this blind, even with grass or vegetation attached. In the event, you have to carry across a planted farm field or even into a remote river bed. The panel blind will give you the portability with its lightweight design.

Tanglefree Panel Blind

As the Tanglefree Panel Blind is folded up you’ll see that it measures only 4.5″ thick. However, know that if you fold it with grass or vegetation attached that may be closer to 6-8″. Nonetheless, think of the room you’ll save in your decoy trailer or truck. The overall dimensions when folded up are 33″ L x 50.5″ H. Once folded all of the poles and panels are held together with buckles so they won’t unfold while carrying. A simple handle is attached to the main panels giving you the proper carrying point with transportation.

How To Set Up Tanglefree Panel Blind –

Tanglefree Panel BlindSetting up a Tanglefree Panel blind may just be the easiest blind you’ve ever set up. It takes the following three steps.

STEP 1 –

  • Unbuckle the strap that holds the five panels together for transportation.

STEP 2 –

  • Begin unfolding the five panels similar to an accordion. Depending on the number of hunters you have the ability to overlay the panels if you don’t need all of them to conceal you. This can help save some time in brushing in the blind panels with vegetation.

STEP 3 –

  • Lastly, create a “U” shape, by positioning the two end panels at a 90° angle from the three main front panels. Also included with the Tanglefree panel blind, are support panels and stakes in the event of windy conditions.

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When to Use Tanglefree Panel Blind –

Tanglefree Panel BlindAsk any waterfowl hunter, and they tell you that birds tend to become spooked by the same concealment and hides. Birds get used to the common layout blinds used so commonly for field hunters. Why do you think hunters are moving back to an A frame? Yes, I said “back”. Before the layout blind, A Frame blinds were the choice for most waterfowl hunters. However, as history repeats itself. The A Frame became overuse and recognizable. This is why you see more companies making A-Frame blinds today, as the layout blinds have become so widely used birds have become shy of the “coffin” look a layout portrays.

This is where the Tanglefree Panel Blind sets itself in a class of its own. It can be an A-frame if you wrap it around or combine two panels. However, it also can take whatever shape you desire. Since the panels are hinged together you can vary the shape to multiple configurations. This allows hunters to use them in fields, river banks, or aside lakes. The versatility of a panel blind is endless. I don’t think you have to go ahead and sell your layouts. Rather the Tanglefree panel blind may be the trick on late season birds, or even competing spreads in the same field.

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