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Suggested ways to keep cool in a blind?
Pronghorn
Contributors to this thread:
smarba 27-Jul-20
Shug 27-Jul-20
Dino 27-Jul-20
JL 27-Jul-20
JohnMC 27-Jul-20
JohnMC 27-Jul-20
smarba 27-Jul-20
Robert2968 27-Jul-20
stagetek 27-Jul-20
TurboT 27-Jul-20
BigSkyHntr 27-Jul-20
smarba 27-Jul-20
drycreek 27-Jul-20
JTreeman 27-Jul-20
Glunt@work 27-Jul-20
ND String Puller 27-Jul-20
DanaC 28-Jul-20
Shawn 28-Jul-20
Brotsky 28-Jul-20
Rut Nut 28-Jul-20
Scoot 28-Jul-20
yeager 28-Jul-20
Rut Nut 28-Jul-20
elkmtngear 28-Jul-20
Ermine 28-Jul-20
Tilzbow 28-Jul-20
Adventurewriter 28-Jul-20
Will 28-Jul-20
JohnMC 28-Jul-20
Annony Mouse 28-Jul-20
Highlife 28-Jul-20
Thunderhawk 28-Jul-20
Adventurewriter 28-Jul-20
HiMtnHnter 28-Jul-20
Greg S 29-Jul-20
Duke 29-Jul-20
Duke 29-Jul-20
Adventurewriter 29-Jul-20
Scoot 29-Jul-20
Jack Whitmrie jr 29-Jul-20
Treeline 29-Jul-20
Tilzbow 29-Jul-20
Treeline 29-Jul-20
bowonly 30-Jul-20
bowonly 30-Jul-20
bowonly 30-Jul-20
From: smarba
27-Jul-20
Any pronghorn expert have nifty ideas for keeping cool in a pop-up blind?

I bought a portable rechargeable evaporative cooler to try. It does blow cooler air, but not substantial enough to drastically change the overall temperature inside the blind during my back yard test.

Lots of ice, lots of water, cooling neck towels, any creative ideas?

Thx!

From: Shug
27-Jul-20
From my pizza making days... keep a small cooler with ice water and two dish rags... place one on the back of your neck replace as needed

From: Dino
27-Jul-20
Shug! That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

From: JL
27-Jul-20
Too bad there isn't something you could put over the roof of the blind to deflect the sun's rays. Maybe some leafy branches, a bunch of grass, tumbleweeds???

From: JohnMC
27-Jul-20
If it is a blind you can drive to a lot of time the night before I drop a cooler with lots frozen jugs and drinks. I get my hat wet and sometimes shirt. Last couple of years I have been carry this little thing-a-majig by wife got to take to soccer games. It is a little bottle probably 24 oz. it has a little pump on it that builds pressure and you pull trigger and it sprays you with fine mist it is awesome for hot days in a blind. I'll search the world wide web see if I can find a link to something similar.

From: JohnMC
27-Jul-20

JohnMC's Link
Something similar to this. Greatest thing since sliced bread for blind hunting in the hot.

From: smarba
27-Jul-20
Thx, the cooler I bought is similar to the mister. And I was already thinking cool towels on the neck. Keep the ideas coming!

From: Robert2968
27-Jul-20
air conditioner

From: stagetek
27-Jul-20
Some blinds have a section of roof that can be opened. That will at least help in letting hot air out. It should provide some sort of air flow.

From: TurboT
27-Jul-20
I like a little battery powered fan.

From: BigSkyHntr
27-Jul-20
Window AC with generator? ;)

From: smarba
27-Jul-20
And a LONG extension cord. Bingo LOL

From: drycreek
27-Jul-20
Opening that roof is a great help if you can. The Double Bulls have a hole in the top that you can just unzip but keep the velcro attatched. That little bit of vent helps. Otherwise, the cool towels will help. I have sat in just my drawers before, just be sure to dress for hero pics :-)

From: JTreeman
27-Jul-20
I just embrace the suck...but I’m pretty dumb.

—Jim

From: Glunt@work
27-Jul-20
I used to run an archery antelope outfitting business. A few were killed by guys who were down to their underwear. Vent, hydrate, embrace. Stick it out, kill one, then relax in the AC while the guys that didn't stick it out are still putting their time in the box. Keep in mind the hotter it gets, the thirstier everything gets and the faster the tiny random water spots evaporate. Mostly mental.

27-Jul-20

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Leave the blind at home! Only kidding of course, but you can’t beat that rush when they commit to a decoy. I shot this buck at 20 yards aug 31 last year. Should of had my longbow.

From: DanaC
28-Jul-20
Why not build a mesh blind ?

From: Shawn
28-Jul-20
A battery operated fan blowing over and around some blocks of ice. It will cool it quite a bit. Shawn

From: Brotsky
28-Jul-20

Brotsky's Link
It’s amazing how good these work right out of an icy cooler. I would not have survived Florida in August without these!

From: Rut Nut
28-Jul-20

Rut Nut's Link
Redneck air-cooler! This is the best one I've seen yet! I'd just get a battery operated or rechargeable fan instead of the electric one he suggests.

From: Scoot
28-Jul-20
Rut, that cooler is pretty sweet! Is there a blower made that would work with it that is run off of batteries? The set up in your link required a cig lighter to power it. Regardless, it's pretty sweet!

Carl, I've got a couple portable fans that are battery operated- LMK and I'll ship one or two down to you. They are super quiet and work well. Couple that with the towels Brotsky sent the link for and you're in good shape IMO.

From: yeager
28-Jul-20

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My wife bought one of these for our upcoming August Wyoming antelope hunt......

From: Rut Nut
28-Jul-20

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Scoot, I haven’t tried it yet, but I checked on amazon and I think any number of battery powered fans would work- think the 5” fans would be about right with that ductwork

From: elkmtngear
28-Jul-20

From: Ermine
28-Jul-20
Embrace it. Part of the hunt

From: Tilzbow
28-Jul-20
A spray bottle with a attached fan. Available at most drug stores and Walmart.

28-Jul-20
Aren't you conservative so that means your heart is a block of ice??? Maybe try sitting on somebodies boot insoles ahhahahahaha

From: Will
28-Jul-20

Will's Link
https://www.ezcooldown.com/collections/sports-cooling-vests

Cooling vest. Could be work under or over clothes... and you could bring stuff to reload the vest after it starts to warm.

Also, get a yeti style 20-32 oz cup and fill it with a slurry of ice and water, if possible blended though crushed ice can be ok. Once in the blind, drink that as fast as you can while managing the icecream headache that will come, and will feel insanely worse than any you have had in your life... this "slurry" will help keep core temp down for 45-60' during intense exercise, so Id bet it works for at least 60-75 in the blind. couple that and some of the ideas others have noted or a cooling vest and it seems a very strong system.

From: JohnMC
28-Jul-20
Lot of advice from the east coast. Bet they do a lot pronghorn hunt out there. :)

From: Annony Mouse
28-Jul-20
Simple method without having to tote more gear: remove clothes.

From: Highlife
28-Jul-20
Watch wear you put your clothes. Trust me on this.....

From: Thunderhawk
28-Jul-20
I worked on a marine unit for alot of years. Wish we.had the cool hats you can now buy on line. Fill with water, keep your head cool all day.... Add the cool towells that brotsky talked about. Been there done that, too hot for me, rather would decpy in Sept, hot then too

28-Jul-20
High Life no worries I hunted with Carl he just wears a loin cloth

From: HiMtnHnter
28-Jul-20
Don't go too far tryin to keep cool. Might be cold and rainy!

From: Greg S
29-Jul-20
A blind with a top zip lets heat out pretty good and is a good place to sneak a peak. A spray bottle is a must and i strip down to dome synthetic boxers.

From: Duke
29-Jul-20

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A solid choice—

From: Duke
29-Jul-20

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Boys have used these a lot for baseball and football and I’ve used them spectating... They will carry a scent after a while though.

29-Jul-20

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Carl yu sure you need to cool down your already the coolest guy I know...

From: Scoot
29-Jul-20
Adventure, I'm glad to hear he kept the loin cloth on when you hunted with him. Not all of us have been so fortunate!!! :)

29-Jul-20
Watching this closely , we hunt first full week in WY

From: Treeline
29-Jul-20
Dang, never thought about all this kinda stuff for antelope blind sitting. Have always just toughed (sweated) it out.

Getting close to season for me and may order up a few things to make the sit more bearable...

Thanks for the ideas!

From: Tilzbow
29-Jul-20
I remember sitting nearly naked in a Double Bull blind, drinking two gallons of water and sweating so much I had to hold the book I was reading away from my face and body so the pages didn’t get soaked with sweat. I never took a leak the entire day. All this after missing a 20 yard give me shot at a near 80” buck at dawn. I killed him the next morning....

20 years before that, we built a blind that was dug 3’ deep in the mud/dirt, we made a dome out of wood, chicken wire and burlap then covered it all in 4” of mud from the water hole. The water hole was at the bottom of a small valley at about 7,000 feet and was surrounded by desert hills (mountains to the eastern boys) so all the cold air settled to the bottom of the valley and specifically to the bottom of the blind. I froze my butt off in that thing and could see my breath at 2:00 PM, when I killed, even though it was 80+ degrees out.

So, my short answer is to build a mud dome in a hole and wear a sweatshirt!

From: Treeline
29-Jul-20
Have made some of those pit blinds. Talk about work! Never did go as far as coating one with mud though!

Seems like all the dirt around those ponds is mixed with concrete...

Hell, just setting up fake blinds is a ton of work!

From: bowonly
30-Jul-20

From: bowonly
30-Jul-20

From: bowonly
30-Jul-20
Yeah, Tilzbow, I spent some great August days in some of those pit blinds back in the 80s, although none were mud domed! Yeah, Treeline , they could be a lot of work to dig and then refill. But with tall sage around the perimeter for shade and whatever wind came up, you could stay reasonably cool. You had to keep movement down to a minimum, but it felt like you were a little more involved in the hunt. The snakes kinda liked them, too!

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