I've pointed out before that many Texas State Parks have closure dates because they hold hunts of various types, the most common being deer.
Pedernales is no exception.
I've also included this photo in a previous post of a typical blind maintained and managed by the park system, this particular one being in South Llano River State Park.
Pedernales Falls State Park holds hunts as well, but they use a different kind of blind
that, in my opinion anyway, is more eco-friendly and blends in with the surroundings much better.
True, this U-shaped, stacked Cedar cuttings, style of blind does require periodic refreshing with more Cedar boughs laid on top as the old boughs gradually decompose from underneath, but then again, there are certainly plenty of Cedar boughs to be had around here just from trail maintenance alone. Besides, the plywood blinds require periodic refreshing too.
So my vote goes to these natural Cedar bough blinds.
Speaking of hunting.
Not far from the cemetery mentioned in the last post, right where the State Park trail makes a sharp left to follow along the boundary fence, there's a wire gate, the kind with no hinges or latch, the kind you have to untwist the wire and drag aside, that leads to a track on the adjacent private land.
It's there to be used as an emergency evacuation route in case people are trapped in this part of the State Park by a flood on the river.
On the private side of that fence, taking advantage of a large, for this area, open area, is a more elaborate version of a deer blind.
Many ranches here in Texas, with it's ridiculously small inventory of public lands, supplement their income by hosting hunters. This usually takes the form of hunting leases, where a hunter, or group of hunters, pays an annual fee for a hunting lease. The rancher gets the additional income (Good leases are not cheap!) and the hunter gets controlled access during certain in-season dates.