While every hunter may not like the idea of having electricity in their hunting stand, there’s no denying that being able to use a small fan during 90 degrees weather makes hunting slightly more enjoyable. And fans are only one small advantage that comes from running a little bit of electricity to your blind. That doesn’t mean you have to move the TV and refrigerator out there, you just have the option of a few small comforts during those long nights and early mornings.
For example, you can have an outlet that’s capable of charging your phone. Or perhaps an electronic cigarette lighter so you don’t have to light up the night sky every time you want a cigarette. Once you’ve spent some time in a stand that has running electricity, you’ll realize that it’s the way to go. From there, the question is, “How do I get electricity in my stand?”.
Here in Kissimmee, Florida you have two basic options if you’re interested in having electricity in your stand. The first option is to use battery power. The second option is to run wiring from your home if the stand is close enough to your property. Both of these options have their advantages and their setbacks. First, let’s consider the battery powered blind.
Option One: Batteries.
Using battery power is by far the more common option for hunters that like shooting while enjoying some of the luxuries that electricity offers. Using batteries means you don’t have to be in a close proximity to your home. You can convert any blind, just about anywhere, to a battery powered stand. The major concerns are what kind of battery should you use and what is going to power the battery.
Most 12 volt batteries will work just fine. It can be your standard sealed lead 12 volt battery from a car from a car or a heavy duty marine battery. At the end of the day, they do the job the same, just with some slight differences in their capacity.
As for powering the battery, your best option is to rely on solar power. One or two solar panels on the top of your blind should be more than enough to charge your batteries so that you can stay cool through the night.
It’s a good idea to work with a Kissimmee electrician to ensure that everything is properly wired and ventilated. You don’t want your 12-volt battery running inside the blind without proper ventilation. There are other safety concerns to address that are best left to trained electricians.
Option Two: Electrical Lines.
The second option most certainly requires the assistance of a Kissimmee electrician. It also requires a close proximity to your home. Electrical lines can be run from your house to the location of the blind. These lines are usually buried in the ground so that they aren’t disturbed.
The second option will be slightly more expensive, but you don’t have to worry about running out of battery power. Either way, your hunting stand now has running electricity.