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View Poll Results: What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle season?
Bivy 38 11.08%
Tarp 43 12.54%
Bivy/Tarp combo 49 14.29%
3 season double wall tent 60 17.49%
3 season single wall tent 78 22.74%
4 season tent 53 15.45%
Tipi 22 6.41%
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What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle season?

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Unread 05-09-2013, 01:26 PM
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Re: What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle seas

4 Season tent most of the time. Aint got no other option when your above the snow line with no trees.
But a bivvy(tarp) is fine when I hunt in the bush
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    Unread 05-13-2013, 05:05 PM
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    Re: What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle seas

    If I am hunting with at least 1 other guy I use my Cabelas XPG Expedition 4-season 4-person tent. Where I hunt in Colorado we get hit with some pretty big snow storms more often than not. Last year one of the guys in our camp used a free standing 3-season tent and a big snow storm collapsed in his cieling in the middle of the night.

    I also like the extra room inside the 4-person tent to store gear during a storm.
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    Unread 05-26-2013, 09:50 PM
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    Re: What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle seas

    I'd like to backpack hunt but I can't. I'm a lodge person or tent and genny. I have Sleep Apena so I have to use a machine every night or I'm a zombie. I have a L Ion battery pack that makes it 2 days max and must be charged up so backpacking is out.

    I do daytrips, thats about it.

    The batterypack weighs 6 pounds and the machine another 3 so it would limit my capacity enormously.

    Besides, the lodge or outfitters camp does have ammenities.
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    Unread 06-02-2013, 02:28 PM
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    Re: What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle seas

    my little Cabelas bivy has seen me through up to 18" of snowfall without collapsing (i had to punch the walls on regular intervals to keep condensation off, but it held up). that's my go-to shelter for short trips (1-3 nights). the only complaint is with such a big door/flap, it's hard to keep snow out on multi-day trips. 3.5# iirc

    if i'm going for longer i'll take my 3 season Kelty (bombproof frame has stood up to 60mph winds & 2-3 feet of snow before). the smaller opening limits how much snow or mud i can track in (crawl in), and the vestibule gives me a place to keep gear dry. 8# with heavy tarp for footprint.
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    Unread 06-04-2013, 06:02 PM
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    Re: What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle seas

    I try to keep it light with a Big Agnes 2person fly creek. I know it is a risk running so light,so I try to use natural shelters and a small tarp as supplements. So far so good.
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    Unread 06-08-2013, 12:25 PM
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    I just decided on a Fly Creek for my upcoming Rocky Mountain Park photo backpack trip next month. I appreciate the validation.
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    Unread 06-09-2013, 03:39 PM
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    Re: What type of shelter do you use most often for backpack hunting during rifle seas

    It runs small for two people but great for one with gear. I was in mild rain for a week on a late September hunt and it keep me dry.
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