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Old 06-15-2018, 12:22 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever installed a small A/C unit in their box blind? I was thinking of rigging up 2 40 watt panels on a deep cycle battery or 2 with a converter. This would be a bow blind but I'm thinking if I turn it on around lunch time it should be cool for the evening hunt during early season. It would be in the hill country so the deer are not super skittish. Thoughts?

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Old 06-15-2018, 12:24 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever installed a small A/C unit in their box blind? I was thinking of rigging up 2 40 watt panels on a deep cycle battery or 2 with a converter. This would be a bow blind but I'm thinking if I turn it on around lunch time it should be cool for the evening hunt during early season. It would be in the hill country so the deer are not super skittish. Thoughts?

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My buddy did it, ran it with a Honda Suitcase generator!
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:29 PM   #3
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Do it !!!!


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Old 06-15-2018, 12:32 PM   #4
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You will need about 50 40W panels, but a small Honda generator would probably work better.
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:36 PM   #5
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You will need about 50 40W panels, but a small Honda generator would probably work better.


Yea, two wouldnít work.


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Old 06-15-2018, 03:05 PM   #6
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Must hunt inside one of them tall fences.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:36 PM   #7
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I know a guy who ran electricity to his "condo" stand in South Texas. Dang thing was as tall as one of those fire watch towers up north with three landings on the stairs.

Fridge, lights AC, heat, domino table, television...tough hunting
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:51 PM   #8
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Gaaawd I think I have heard it all now! If ya gotta have an AC unit in your deer blind then perhaps it's time to take up a new sport. Perhaps something like tiddly winks (played indoors of course) or indoor water volleyball...………..
That's about the dumbest thing I've ever heard!
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:11 PM   #9
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Gaaawd I think I have heard it all now! If ya gotta have an AC unit in your deer blind then perhaps it's time to take up a new sport. Perhaps something like tiddly winks (played indoors of course) or indoor water volleyball...ÖÖÖ..
That's about the dumbest thing I've ever heard!
My wife told me the same when I bought a Mr Buddy heater. I replied to her with," it doesn't say anywhere in the hunting rule books that you have to be miserable while hunting".
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:14 PM   #10
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When I go to the woods to kill a big mature east texas buck, A portable generator and an ac window unit are the last two things in my bag of tricks....

Just me though.
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Gaaawd I think I have heard it all now! If ya gotta have an AC unit in your deer blind then perhaps it's time to take up a new sport. Perhaps something like tiddly winks (played indoors of course) or indoor water volleyball...………..
That's about the dumbest thing I've ever heard!
I've put heaters in most of mine for when it is cold, If I wanted to set and watch grass at 100 degrees, I would put an AC unit in one. I actually shot at a pig this morning at 8:30. HE was over 500 yards, and I was shooting a 22-250. I don't know if I hit him but he got out of my hay meadow ASAP, and I kept shootin the whole way out of the field!
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:15 PM   #12
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I hog hunted from a blind with one ran by solar on a corporate hunt. It was pretty stinkin nice. I probably wouldn't spend the time to do it but I liked it.
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:17 PM   #13
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My wife told me the same when I bought a Mr Buddy heater. I replied to her with," it doesn't say anywhere in the hunting rule books that you have to be miserable while hunting".
True and I agree 100% with regards to heating. We used to put a roll of toilet paper soaked in alcohol in a coffee can for a heater when I was a kid but an AC unit in a deer blind!?! That is found in the man card regulation book. It's right there next to the men wearing bloomers rule.
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:18 PM   #14
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I don't think bloomers and A/C while hunting are in the same rule book.
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:20 PM   #15
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I wouldnít do it, but believe me Iíve thought about it. Sat from dawn to dusk many days in 90 degree heat bowhunting antelope. Youíd be surprised where your thoughts go when youíre delirious
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:23 PM   #16
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I don't think bloomers and A/C while hunting are in the same rule book.
You're right. Two different books
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:26 PM   #17
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I wouldnít do it, but believe me Iíve thought about it. Sat from dawn to dusk many days in 90 degree heat bowhunting antelope. Youíd be surprised where your thoughts go when youíre delirious
Yea, a pop up blind during bow season is the next closest thing to hunting in a metal blind. I've gone back to using burlap and building natural material ground blinds. At least I get some breeze thru it.
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:59 PM   #18
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I love the fact that an AC unit is not acceptable, but a Buddy heater is perfectly fine.
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Old 06-15-2018, 05:07 PM   #19
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I love the fact that an AC unit is not acceptable, but a Buddy heater is perfectly fine.
Fire's been around a lot longer than AC...ÖÖÖ. :LOL
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Old 06-15-2018, 05:16 PM   #20
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Say what yall want but I don't see any problems with being comfortable when it's 95 degrees outside at 3pm and you're waiting till deer30. This is a sealed 6x8x8 box blind with deerview windows so without any breeze it's pretty rough. I typically open 2 windows to help but at the minimum this year I'll be installing a fan. I know a swamp cooler is an option too. The nearest electricity is 500 yards away so that may also just be the easier option. This is a low fence place but with a high deer density, at my east Texas place I don't even risk cracking open a water bottle otherwise the deer will run to the next county

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Old 06-15-2018, 08:38 PM   #21
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My wife told me the same when I bought a Mr Buddy heater. I replied to her with," it doesn't say anywhere in the hunting rule books that you have to be miserable while hunting".


Amen. I fidget less and stay longer when Iím more comfortable. I donít have anything to prove to anyone and donít give a **** about what anybody thinks about how I hunt.


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Old 06-17-2018, 12:14 PM   #22
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Not sure why wanting a comfortable blind makes you less of a man...if anything it makes you a smarter man. I guess some people would just rather sweat their *** off so they can beat their chest about it

What about tossing a block of ice in a small ice chest and rigging 12v fans to suck the cold air out of the ice chest?


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Old 06-17-2018, 12:48 PM   #23
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I agree with the "redneck" ac using a cooler with ic and fans. There are some really good right ups on here about those with proven temp drops. I am looking into that myself since my wife said that's the only way she would go bowhunting with me is to be cooler. I want to experiment with dry ice but not sure what the side effects of the melting dry ice would do. I think it make CO2
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Old 06-17-2018, 03:41 PM   #24
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Man! There’s some judgy folks around here sometimes. I drive around in the summer at night in my truck shooting pigs. You better believe I have that ac rocking!
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Old 06-17-2018, 03:44 PM   #25
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Saw a big pallet of these at HEB.
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:29 AM   #26
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Amen. I fidget less and stay longer when Iím more comfortable. I donít have anything to prove to anyone and donít give a **** about what anybody thinks about how I hunt.


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You sho right!
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:46 AM   #27
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I agree with the "redneck" ac using a cooler with ic and fans. There are some really good right ups on here about those with proven temp drops. I am looking into that myself since my wife said that's the only way she would go bowhunting with me is to be cooler. I want to experiment with dry ice but not sure what the side effects of the melting dry ice would do. I think it make CO2
This was going to be my recommendation as well. Inexpensive to make and easy to maintain with no noise
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This is what I made for my blind. This past season I used my buddy heater a lot more than I used this.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:32 AM   #29
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Thank yall very much for the suggestions. I ended up ordering on of those attic airs to try out. I think it should work for my purpose and it's only $40. Cons to it seem to be you need to be close to it which is no problem for the stand and water refill every 3-4 hours instead of 8 like it advertises which is fine. I'm hoping it can run 2-3 hours off a 10000mah battery pack and if so I should be set!

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I love the fact that an AC unit is not acceptable, but a Buddy heater is perfectly fine.
Just gave my land owner a larger heater for one of his blinds. Would not think twice about putting in a swamp cooler or more if I was hunting it in July.....
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Thank yall very much for the suggestions. I ended up ordering on of those attic airs to try out. I think it should work for my purpose and it's only $40. Cons to it seem to be you need to be close to it which is no problem for the stand and water refill every 3-4 hours instead of 8 like it advertises which is fine. I'm hoping it can run 2-3 hours off a 10000mah battery pack and if so I should be set!

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Please post up a review after you've tired it out.

I plan on using a battery pack to run a small fan in my blinds this year.

I got the fan from the 99c store for $1.99 and it already has a usb plug.

I tested it with a 2500mah and it ran for 3 hours with no issues.
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Old 06-22-2018, 02:07 PM   #32
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B4BKHGD...&pd_rd_w=LCeNE

this one seemed to have better reviews than the artic air min cooler. I may try a battery/inverter with one this fall!

there sure is a lotta man shaming going on in this thread just for someone trying to improve his situation a bit!
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:27 PM   #33
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That one does look nice too. I may try it out too in order to see which one is better. I also do a lot of night hog hunting so if these work it would be awesome for those still nights with no wind. I'll keep yall posted.

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COOL idea.

(See what I did there... )
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hope the money they saved on spell check went into the device technology.

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Old 06-22-2018, 08:52 PM   #36
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Haha. Always checking the reviews for similar misspellings! But can't argue with that price! Buy it before trump's evap cooler tariffs kick in!
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:47 AM   #37
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Use my DeWalt fan cooler box... Works great!

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Old 06-25-2018, 11:43 AM   #38
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I put a 12AH battery in my stand with a solar panel to run a small 12V fan along with interior lighting and usb ports.
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Old 06-30-2018, 12:10 AM   #39
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Just put your feet in some ice, that will cool you down
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:30 AM   #40
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How about this? Any experience?
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:57 AM   #41
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Something I find pretty effective at cooling me off is to bring a small cooler loaded with ice and a cup of water. I bring a couple wash clothes and soak them in the cooler and drape them over my neck. Just keep rotating them until the temp in my sealed torture chamber cools down at nightfall. I do open all my windows. When thereís a breeze it keeps the temp (barely) reasonable.

I have a solar panel hooked to a 12v battery that powers a small fan but it really only pushes the hot air around and doesnít offer any real relief. However, something I may try soon is to soak my black long sleeve swim shirt in the cooler, lightly wring it out and put it on. With the fan on Iím betting the evaporative cooling may be just the ticket. An effect Iíve noticed when at the lake.


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Old 06-30-2018, 08:12 PM   #42
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I have been known to hunt nekkid. Requires a lot of bug spray and much care not to get it on the wrong body part. After a time or two I decided if its too hot to sit in the blind it's too hot to be hunting and there too much TV needs watching at home.

Oh and there's nuttin wrong with having a couple of heater buddies in the blind.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:52 PM   #43
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I was hunting axis in my skivvies last weekend. I've been planning a new stand for next year that may have an ac
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